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Trade Qualifications

If you are working as a skilled labourer but don't have a specific qualification, we can help you.

Skills Recognition and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a simple method of assessing skills and experience you have developed "on the job" without the need for classroom study.

Who Can Apply

You can apply for a trade qualification using Skills Recognition and RPL if you can:

  • show you have at least 3 years general trade experience, or 2 years trade experience combined with "well developed" skills and knowledge in an associated field.
  • provide sufficient evidence that verifies you have been regularly employed in the industry performing jobs relating to the scope of work associated with that trade.

Trade experience is relevant whether you have worked in Australia or overseas.

For a free no obligation review of your trade skills contact us

The Assessment Process

The skills recognition and RPL process for the Trade qualifications usually takes 2 - 4 weeks to fully complete using the following steps:

  • Step 1

    Get Your Free Skills Review

    We conduct a FREE no-obligation review of your trades skills prior to enrolment to check your industry experience. We will confirm if you are eligible to attain your Trade qualification using skills recogniton assessment before any payment is required.
  • Step 2

    We Give You The Best Options

    When you are eligibile and decide to proceed, we will send you an invoice for payment. Once payment is received, we will send you assessment handbooks and enrolment forms.
  • Step 3

    Simple Self Assessment

    The first stage is completing in a simple career Self-Assessment checklist. Our assessors will help you complete this checklist.
  • Step 4

    Send Evidence

    Evidence can include employment contracts, job references, work samples and even photographs and videos of work you have done. We will give you a list of evidence options.
  • Step 5

    We Verify Your Competency

    A Skills Assessor from GQ Australia then matches your evidence with the Units in the qualification. This will confirm you work at the expected industry standard.
  • Step 6

    Practical Assessment (if required)

    For "high risk" trade qualifications you may need to complete a practical assessment at your workplace or at a workshop.
  • Step 7

    Gap Training (if required)

    When any "skill gaps" are noted during skills assessment, you will be offered options to complete gap training.
  • Step 8

    Congratulations - You Are Now Qualified

    Once Skills Recognition is completed, you will be issued with your Trade Qualification by our RTO (college) partner.

Career Pathways

Once you have completed your trade qualification, it may likely be used for a Trade License application.

Another option is to ‘fast track’ a higher level qualification. By using the recently obtained certificate combined with further relevant industry experience you may be eligible for a Diploma or even an Advanced Diploma; and these may be used to obtain credits towards a Bachelor degree qualification.

“Tradies“ may very well have the experience to qualify for qualifications in various fields, these include:

Skills Recognition and RPL can be used to obtain a fast qualification. Make your selection from the following trade categories

agriculture horticulture and conservation and land management

automotive industry retail service and repair

construction plumbing and services

metal and engineering


food processing