New South Wales Gap Training Courses

Australian Gap Training (MACG)

There are some occupations that allow migrants to undertake a skills assessment but when when you arrive in Australia you need to undertake “Gap Training” as the occupation is licensed.

Below is a brief overview of what is involved in Gap Training and the occupations involved.

To be eligible for Gap Training you must have completed your OTSR (Offshore Technical Skills Record) through an approved TRA authorised RTO.

You can only commence the Gap Training for any of the licensed trades when you are living in Australia and have supervised employment.

The OTSR holder must still complete Australian context gap training and a period of supervised employment in the specific trade in order to be awarded the Australian VET qualification for that occupation.

Overseas trained tradespeople who hold an OTSR are eligible to apply for a provisional licence. A provisional licence allows the holder to perform work in the licensed occupation under supervision while completing the Australian context gap training. A provisional licence can be obtained on application from Australian state and territory licensing regulators.

Each State and Territory have different requirements in relation to Gap Training for the licensed occupations.

Electrician General

Your OTSR is what you have completed when you did your Skills Assessment. The OTSR does not expire, but for the purposes of migration it will expire in 3 years from date of issue
Right now, there is nothing you can do whilst you are off shore. DUC is working with one of the RTO's who offer the Gap Training for you to be able to access the materials so you can practice the theory. 

Regardless you will need to ensure you have a copy of the Australian Standards AS/NZS3000:2018 and AS/NZS3008:2017  You can purchase these books from SIA Global

As these books are the Wiring Rules, they will need to be with you forever.
You have a few things that you need to complete once you arrive. 
  1. Get your "Provisional Licence"
  2. Find an employer
  3. Contact the Australian Assessment Team (last tab in the FAQ) to arrange an RTO in your area for your Gap Training
A provisional licence is granted to applicants who do cannot provide evidence that they meet the eligibility of a full occupational licence. A provisional licence allows newly qualified apprentices and other applicants to work lawfully in the industry whilst they gain the required practical experience to eventually work without supervision.
Reasons for granting a provisional licence
Under the Program, the holder of a provisional licence certificate must:
  • work under the supervision of a current holder of the full licence or qualified supervisors certificate for the same trade, and
  • be enrolled in an approved training course to undertake gap training towards the full licence or certificate.
A provisional licence is only issued for one year and cannot be renewed.
Be prepared for this process to be painless, but its what is required to gain that ticket to allow you to work. If you work without this ticket you could be fined, convicted and deported.
The list of regulators is on the next tab.
What you need to take with you:
  1. Copy of your OTSR
  2. Application form (Some regulalors have this online, others require you to come in and complete the application)
  3. Copy of your previous qualification (if you have it)
  4. Employers details (including their licence / contractors licence number)
  5. Credit Card
  6. 100 Points of ID (Click here for more details)
Some regulators may require additional information, best to contact them to verify requirements.

Western Australia

Energy Safety WA

303 Sevenoaks Street,
Cannington,
WA 6107
(08) 6251 2000

energylicensing@dmirs.wa.gov.au
energysafety.wa.gov.au

Nothern Territory

Electrical Workers and Contractors Licensing Board

Darwin Plaza, 41 Smith Street,
Darwin, NT 0800
(08) 8936 4079

electrical.licensing@nt.gov.au
electricallicensing.nt.gov.au

South Australia

Consumer & Business Services SA

Level 3, 91-97 Grenfell Street,
Adelaide, SA 5000
131 882

occupational@sa.gov.au
CBS SA

Queensland

Electrical Safety Office

Building 1, Level 2, 153 Campbell Street,
Bowen Hills, QLD 4006
1300 632 993

Licensing.ProcessingServices@oir.qld.gov.au
Electrical Safety Office

New South Wales

NSW Fair Trading

Level 11, 10 Smith Street,
Paramatta, NSW 2150
13 32 20

HBLicensing@customerservice.nsw.gov.au
fairtrading.nsw.gov.au

Australian Capital Territory

Access Canberra

21 Bowes Street,
Phillip ACT 2606
(02) 6207 8096

cwpl@act.gov.au
accesscanberra.act.gov.au

Victoria

Energy Safe Victoria

Level 5, Building 2, 4 Riverside Quay,
Southbank, VIC 3006
1800 815 721

licensing@energysafe.vic.gov.au
esv.vic.gov.au

Tasmania

Electricity Standards and Safety

30 Gordon’s Hill Road,
Rosny Park, TAS 7018
1300 654 499

cbos.info@tas.gov.au
www.cbos.tas.gov.au
The main issues we hear about is employers treating you like "Trades Assistants" or TA's. A TA undertakes no actual physial electrical work and the whole purpose of you having an employer is to gain your work experience doing electrical work. 
As far as the regulators treat you is a 4th year apprentice. Now, please accept the fact that this is what the system treats you like as far as the regulator goes, but you are far more than an apprentice. You are qualified tradesman from your home country, but in Australia you need to be bought up to the Australian Standards. 
Wages wise you can expect to paid slightly less than a tradesman for a while, but once your employer realises that you are out doing their local staff you will soon be getting better rates. 
Some employers have no idea how to handle Migrant Electrcians, if this is case, get in touch with the Australian Assessment Team via the tab at the end of this tab and we will contact you both to sort out any questions that have. We are here to help. 
Contact the Australian Assessment Team via the last tab on this FAQ. You will need to upload to them:
  1. Copy of your OTSR
  2. Employers details (including their licence / contractors licence number)
  3. Copy of your Provisional Licence
  4. Your Australian details (Address, phone number)
  5. 100 Points of ID (Click here for more details)
  6. Uniquie Student Identifier (USI) (Click here for more details
You will be referred to an authorised training organisation who can complete your Gap Training.
The RTO will work with you to complete your Gap Training.
This section is always an issue for many people as its the topic of conversation on social media a lot. 
Under regulators guidelines and that of the National Electrical Association which is made up of all regulators and government, particpants in the Gap Training course must undertake 12 months of work experience. Not 100 hours, not 3 months but 12 months.
In most cases this is treated as 1600 hours. 
These hours are documented in eProfiling, which is provided at the time of registering with the RTO. The reports are signed off weekly by your supervisor abd act as a permanent record of what you did in the 12 months. Please be advised that the Regulator can also access these records at any time to review in cases of a dispute at time of issuing your licence. 
During the 12 months you must work on all aspects of electrical work, this includes but not limited to:
Installation of Cabling (Consumers Mains, Sub Mains, Final Sub Circuits)
Installation of apparatus (Switchboards, lights, power outlets, white goods etc)
Testing of Circuits
Fault Finding of Circuits. 
The rule of thumb the RTO will use is that you will have 1600 hours split across each of these 4 areas, hence 400 hours per area. Remember, Fault Finding is also testing so hours can be doubled up. 
If you are employed and you are only installing Solar and Split Air Conditioners then this does not count and you will be denied completing your course. 
If at any time you are experiencing issues with what you shoudl be doing talk to your RTO or contact DUC Australian Assessment Team (via the tab at the bottom of this FAQ)
You MAYBE entitled to complete earlier than 12 months if the RTO is satisfied that you are completely ready to go. This is very rare as the RTO needs to justify this with the regulator. 
Well Done.. 
The RTO will supply you the documentation required for you to take to the regulator to gain your Occupational Licence.
** There is an additional process required for NSW. You need to obtain your "Certificate of Proficiency"  by downloading the application form here before you can apply for your Occupational Licence**
** There is an additional process required for Victoria. You need to sit the Licensed Electrician's Assessment "LEA", (Click here for more details) which the RTO will work with you on arranging this, before you can apply for your Occupational Licence**

Plumbing

Your OTSR is what you have completed when you did your Skills Assessment. The OTSR does not expire, but for the purposes of migration it will expire in 3 years from date of issue

To assist in your Gap Training journey, send us a copy of your OTSR or have your DUC Assessment Team Member to the Australian Team so that we can assist in dtermining what units you will be doing as a minimum in your Gap Training. The Aussie Team will provide you a spreadsheet of what units you need to brush up on as these will be what you will be doing as a minimum.

You have a few things that you need to complete once you arrive. 

  1. Arrange your USI (Unique Student Identifer) www.usi.gov.au
  2. Get your White Card completed (NSW requires Face to Face for this, so find a local RTO who offers this or get in touch with us)
  3. Get your First Aid Course completed (HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support). Find an RTO local to youor get in touch with us
  4. Find an employer
  5. Get your "Provisional Tradesperson Certificate"  Download the form here
  6. Contact the Australian Assessment Team (last tab in the FAQ) to arrange an RTO in your area for your Gap Training

A provisional tradesperson certificate is granted to applicants who do cannot provide evidence that they meet the eligibility of a full occupational licence. A provisional tradesperson certificate allows newly qualified apprentices and other applicants to work lawfully in the industry whilst they gain the required practical experience to eventually work without supervision.

Reasons for granting a provisional tradesperson certificate

Under the Program, the holder of a provisional tradesperson certificate must:

  • work under the supervision of a current holder of the full licence or qualified supervisors certificate for the same trade, and
  • be enrolled in an approved training course to undertake gap training towards the full licence or certificate.

A provisional tradesperson certificate is only issued for three years and cannot be renewed.

Be prepared for this process to be pretty intense, but its what is required to gain that ticket to allow you to work. If you work without this ticket you could be fined, convicted and deported.

In New South Wales, you will need to contact:

NSW Fair Trading

fairtrading.nsw.gov.au

You need to click here to go to the Licencing page

You have a choice when applying for your provisional tradesperson certificate. 

In Australia a plumber does Water, Sanitary and Drainage and a provisional tradesperson certificate can be either Water & Sanitary or Water, Sanitary & Drainage. We highly recommend that you apply for the Water, Sanitary & Drainage Provisional Licence outright. 

Gas endorsement is a seperate area of expertise and is still completed by a plumber or specialised Gas Fitter.

Click Here for the details on Gas Licencing

Follow the instructions carefully and do what ever NSW Fair Trading ask you to do. 

You go into the local Services NSW office with the required paperwork and pay the fees.

At this point NSW Fair Trading may deternine what "electives" you need to complete as part of your Gap Training or they will rely on what we have identified to complete your AQF 3 in Plumbing.

As well as a letter with the units "Electives" you should receive your "Provsional Tradesperson Certificate".

A provisional tradesperson certificate can only be granted for 3 years and cannot be renewed.

If you have previously been granted a provisional licence and are seeking another one, you must reapply.

Contact the Australian Assessment Team via the last tab on this FAQ. You will need to upload to them:

  1. OTSR
  2. Letter from NSW Fair Trading with the list of units on it
  3. Copy of your Provisional Tradesperson Certificate
  4. 100 Points of ID (Click here for more details)
  5. Uniquie Student Identifier (USI) (Click here for more details

You will be referred to an authorised training organisation who can complete your Gap Training. 

The RTO will work with you based on the units required by NSW Fair Trading to be completed.

The RTO or the DUC Australian Assessment Team will also contact your employer to make sure they are aware of the requirements for the next 12 months. This will include potentially practicals that they may not be able to offer, so alternatives will need to be arranged.

There will be a theory component to each unit and your practical you will do with your employer in your normal day to day work. 

Well Done.. 

The RTO will supply you the documentation required for you to take to NSW Fair Trading to gain your Occupational Licence.

** There is an additional process required for NSW. You need to obtain your "Certificate of Proficiency"  by downloading the application form here before you can apply for your Occupational Licence**

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Your OTSR is what you have completed when you did your Skills Assessment. The OTSR does not expire, but for the purposes of migration it will expire in 3 years from date of issue

You have a few things that you need to complete once you arrive. 

  1. Contact the Australian Assessment Team (last tab in the FAQ) to arrange an RTO in your area for your particular requirements
  2. Get a job, make sure they are aware that you are currently on a Provisional Licence for the purposes of re-training only. You will need an employer to gain your different licences

As Air Conditioning & Refrigeration is a Restricted Electrical Licence, there is no need to undertake the Gap Training like the Electricians.

You will need 2 Provisional / Trainee Licences

  1. You need a Trainee Refrigerant Handling Licence (Click Here for the ARCTick Licence Page)
  2. You need to then contact the Electrical Licencing Authority in your jurisdication to gain a Provisional Licence for Restricted Electrical Work. (Refer to Next Tab for details)

Australian Refrigeration Council

1300 884 483

enquire@arctick.org

ARCTick Refrigerant Handling Licence

Western Australia

Energy Safety WA

303 Sevenoaks Street,
Cannington,
WA 6107

(08) 6251 2000

energylicensing@dmirs.wa.gov.au

energysafety.wa.gov.au

Nothern Territory

Electrical Workers and Contractors Licensing Board

Darwin Plaza, 41 Smith Street,

Darwin, NT 0800

(08) 8936 4079

electrical.licensing@nt.gov.au

electricallicensing.nt.gov.au

South Australia

Consumer & Business Services SA

Level 3, 91-97 Grenfell Street,

Adelaide, SA 5000

131 882

occupational@sa.gov.au

CBS SA

Queensland

Electrical Safety Office

Building 1, Level 2, 153 Campbell Street,

Bowen Hills, QLD 4006

1300 632 993

Licensing.ProcessingServices@oir.qld.gov.au

Electrical Safety Office

New South Wales

NSW Fair Trading

Level 11, 10 Smith Street,

Paramatta, NSW 2150

13 32 20

HBLicensing@customerservice.nsw.gov.au

fairtrading.nsw.gov.au

Australian Capital Territory

Access Canberra

21 Bowes Street,

Phillip ACT 2606

(02) 6207 8096

cwpl@act.gov.au

accesscanberra.act.gov.au

Victoria

Energy Safe Victoria

Level 5, Building 2, 4 Riverside Quay,

Southbank, VIC 3006

1800 815 721

licensing@energysafe.vic.gov.au

esv.vic.gov.au

Tasmania

Electricity Standards and Safety

30 Gordon’s Hill Road,

Rosny Park, TAS 7018

1300 654 499

cbos.info@tas.gov.au

www.cbos.tas.gov.au

The RTO will work with you on the "Restricted Electrical Units" that relate directly related to carry out the disconnecting, reconnecting and fault finding of any electrical equipment.

You will need to do 12 months worth of Work Experience demonstrating that you can successfully carry out the requirements of the electrical component and ARCTick requirements.

Well Done.. 

The RTO will supply you with a Statement of Attainment and you will take this and your OTSR and send to VetAssess and have them issue you the Certificate III in AirConditioning and Refrigeration UEE32220.

Or 

Your RTO may issue you a completed Certificate III in AirConditioning and Refrigeration UEE32220 if they are capable.

The RTO will then provide you any additional documentation required for you to send onto the State / Territory Electrical Regulator and to ARCTick 

You now need to upgrade your trainee licence for a Refrigerant Handling Licence – Qualified Persons 

Australian Refrigeration Council

1300 884 483

enquire@arctick.org

ARCTick Refrigerant Handling Licence


Upgrade your Provisional Restricted Electrical Licence

Western Australia

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS)

1300 136 237

energylicensing@dmirs.wa.gov.au

energysafety.wa.gov.au

Nothern Territory

Electrical Workers and Contractors Licensing Board

Darwin Plaza, 41 Smith Street,

Darwin, NT 0800

(08) 8936 4079

electrical.licensing@nt.gov.au

electricallicensing.nt.gov.au

South Australia

Consumer & Business Services SA

Level 3, 91-97 Grenfell Street,

Adelaide, SA 5000

131 882

occupational@sa.gov.au

CBS SA

Queensland

Queensland Building and Construction Commision

139 333

Licensing.ProcessingServices@oir.qld.gov.au

Electrical Safety Office

New South Wales

NSW Fair Trading

Level 11, 10 Smith Street,

Paramatta, NSW 2150

13 32 20

HBLicensing@customerservice.nsw.gov.au

fairtrading.nsw.gov.au

Australian Capital Territory

Access Canberra

21 Bowes Street,

Phillip ACT 2606

(02) 6207 8096

cwpl@act.gov.au

accesscanberra.act.gov.au

Victoria

Energy Safe Victoria

Level 5, Building 2, 4 Riverside Quay,

Southbank, VIC 3006

1800 815 721

licensing@energysafe.vic.gov.au

esv.vic.gov.au

Tasmania

Electricity Standards and Safety

30 Gordon’s Hill Road,

Rosny Park, TAS 7018

1300 654 499

cbos.info@tas.gov.au

www.cbos.tas.gov.au