Offshore Applicants

Does ARC accept qualifications and experience gained overseas?

Your overseas qualifications will need to be assessed to Australian standards before they can be accepted as part of the licence assessment process. Trades Recognition Australia is a national organisation who can assist. As well, there are many state-based registered training organisations (RTO) who can provide recognition of prior learning. Visit the Training Organisations directory on the ARC website to search for RTOs.

For further information we recommend you visit their websites. We suggest you contact ARC once you arrive in Australia and we will assist you with your application. Information regarding Refrigerant Handling Licences can be view on our web site here

I have already had my skills and qualifications assessed as part of the visa application procedure and have already received my skilled migrant visa.

In most circumstances you are required to complete some form of Gap Training. If you have an “Offshores Technical Skills Record” and you’re working for an employer you can apply for a trainee licence. Your proof will be the Offshores Technical Skills Record and you will also need to supply certified photo along with the supervisor declaration.

Can I make an application for an ARC licence before I arrive in Australia?

Yes, however if you haven’t had your qualifications/experience recognised by the above organisations, you application will be assessed as incomplete, You will have 6 months from the date of the application to supply your documentation, e.g. proof of Enrolment, Supervisor’s Declaration and Passport Quality Photo.

If you fail to supply the documents within the required time frame then the application is taken to have been withdrawn with loss of the application fee, and you will be required to start again as a new applicant.

We suggest you contact ARC once you arrive in Australia and we will assist you with your application. Information regarding Refrigerant Handling Licences can be viewed on our web site www.arctick.org