• Charlene Tan

Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP)


Another question we get often - OSAP? Followed by a funny face. I get it. Visa application processes are confusing all on their own, we don't need more acronyms from skills assessing auhorities, but there you go. When life throws you odd-shaped lemons, we make tequila or in my 40-something year old life, I make hot lemon water in the mornings.


What is OSAP?

The Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP) is for applicants who require a skills assessment to apply to the Department of Home Affairs for a skilled migration visa.

A skills assessment determines if you have the skills and experience necessary to work in Australia at the required level for your occupation.


Note: Before submitting an application to Trades Recognition Australia, it is your responsibility to confirm with the Department of Home Affairs that you require a skills assessment for your visa, and that Trades Recognition Australia is the relevant assessing authority for your occupation.


What are the 2 Skills Assessment pathways available under OSAP?

  • Pathway 1 is for applicants who do not hold an Australian qualification in their trade.

  • Pathway 2 is for applicants who hold:

a relevant Australian qualification, or

a current identified Australian occupational license


How to Apply

To apply for the Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP), you must first read the OSAP Applicant Guidelines.

You can then apply for OSAP through the Online Portal.


Next Steps

OSAP skills assessments are conducted by TRA-approved Registered Training Organizations (RTOs) whose contact details can be found through the RTO Finder. Enquiries about applying for a skills assessment, program fees, documentary evidence requirements and assessment arrangements should be discussed directly with your selected TRA-approved RTO.

Once your OSAP application has been processed, your selected TRA-approved RTO will send you a letter by email advising you of your assessment outcome.


What does it cost?

Assessment Step Fee ($AUD)

Documentary Evidence $1280

Documentary Evidence - Review (if required) $700

Documentary Evidence - Reassessment (if required) $450

Technical Interview - Pathway 1 $2000

Technical Interview - Pathway 1 - Review (if required) $700

Technical Interview - Pathway 1 - Reassessment (if required) $1000

Technical Interview - Pathway 2 $900

Technical Interview - Pathway 2 - Review (if required) $700

Technical Interview - Pathway 2 - Reassessment (if required) $450

Practical Assessment $2200

Practical Assessment - Review (if required) $700

Practical Assessment - Reassessment (If required) $1100



Still unsure? Feel free to book in a consultation for detailed advice and steps!



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