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Old Dec 2nd 2007, 3:26 pm
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Hello, I'm just about to start filling in my TRA application. I'm still living in the UK and haven't decided yet whether to make the move to Oz or not. However, I thought I would start the process off but am still confused as to what trade classification to apply for. I know electrical mechanic is the best one to go for but can I apply for a dual classification of fitter and mechanic. I've never done any house-bashing but have worked for 24 years as a maintenance technician. I did a 3 year apprenticeship as an electrician, working for 7 years on switch gear/control circuits at a quarry, before moving to my current job working on plc's and welding robots, ppm's etc. which I've done for the last 17 years. Also, does the TRA classification expire at all?

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Tra doesn't assess electricians anymore. You have to apply to Vetassess. After you have your visa you will have to apply to the ARTC for a provisional licence. All states have different licencing. For WA go to www.energysafe.wa.gov.au. That should tell you what you need to know
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Thanks for your reply, I thought it was just General electricians that had to go through Vetassess, according to the application form electrical mechanics and fitters are still done through TRA, correct me if I'm wrong.

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Thanks for your reply, I thought it was just General electricians that had to go through Vetassess, according to the application form electrical mechanics and fitters are still done through TRA, correct me if I'm wrong.

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Hi Stuart,

For your Visa application you must apply to Vetassess for a pre-migration skills assessment as a General Electrician, the TRA no longer do this assessment. http://www.vetassess.com.au/index.cfm?menu=1.3a

The Vetassess assessment will give you the means to apply for a provisional licence in Australia on your arrival.

Once you are here, you then need to apply to the TRA for an ARTC certificate, this will classify you as either an Electrical Mechanic or Electrical Fitter. The difference between the two is that in some states an Electrical Fitter would only be able to obtain a provisional licence, to get a full one you need Mechanic. Mechanic is the one that allows you to connect/disconnect from the mains, and will give you more wage earning power.

Some people do get both classifications, but it really makes no difference and it doesn't matter which you apply for the TRA will classify you as they see fit going on the evidence you provide.
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Hi Stuart,

For your Visa application you must apply to Vetassess for a pre-migration skills assessment as a General Electrician, the TRA no longer do this assessment. http://www.vetassess.com.au/index.cfm?menu=1.3a

The Vetassess assessment will give you the means to apply for a provisional licence in Australia on your arrival.

Once you are here, you then need to apply to the TRA for an ARTC certificate, this will classify you as either an Electrical Mechanic or Electrical Fitter. The difference between the two is that in some states an Electrical Fitter would only be able to obtain a provisional licence, to get a full one you need Mechanic. Mechanic is the one that allows you to connect/disconnect from the mains, and will give you more wage earning power.

Some people do get both classifications, but it really makes no difference and it doesn't matter which you apply for the TRA will classify you as they see fit going on the evidence you provide.
OK I see, many thanks for your reply. That's a blow as it's more expensive.

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OK I see, many thanks for your reply. That's a blow as it's more expensive.

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Yes, it is!.

At least you'll have some sort of licence when you get here, and it's supposed to cut down the need for additional training on arrival - so may be worth it.

Although we will have to wait and see as no-one has actually done the whole process yet
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