The Skilled Migrant Trade Recognition Pathway Program is designed to support skilled migrants gain the compulsory Australian skills gap training required to get a full workers licence.

If you are an electrician, plumber or a refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanic, and you have had your skills assessed for migration purposes, and were issued an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR), then this Program can help you with:

  • Information and advice on occupational licensing pathways;
  • Access funded skills gap training required to work in Australia;
  • Referrals to relevant training providers to undertake skills gap training and
  • Job search support.

Application requirements

Requirements for the Skilled Migrant Trade Recognition Pathway Program include:

  1. Currently live in South Australia;
  2. Be a permanent resident or hold a WorkReady eligible visa;
  3. Be the holder of a current OTSR issued for migration purposes;
  4. Be in a licenced trade and hold relevant trade qualifications.

Before you apply

  1. Prepare by getting a provisional licence. Visit Consumer and Business Services (CBS). A provisional licence will allow the holder to perform work in the licensed occupation under supervision while undertaking skills gap training.
  2. Prepare documentation:
    a. Proof of identity, provide one of the following:
         i.  Current passport (photo and signature page)
         ii. Australian driver's licence.
    b. Residency status, provide one of the following:
         i.  Visa approval letter
         ii. Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) printout
  3. Evidence of South Australian residency. A document including your name and South Australian residential address: phone bill, utility bill, bank statement or letter from your employer confirming you are residing or working in South Australia. 
  4. Offshore Technical Skills Record including any overseas gained qualification and evidence of skills and experience.

How to apply

  1. Go to Apply website and register “client type – skilled migrant”
  2. If you are already registered login and select skilled migrant
  3. Complete application, upload documents and submit
  4. Make a declaration on submitting the application
  5. Track your application online by visiting the Apply website

Other information

This program is funded through WorkReady. For more information about training initiatives visit

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