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Pathway Programs

Studying the right trade or vocational course can significantly increase your chances of obtaining an Australian Work Visa. 

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Courses In Your City

Do you wish to find out which courses are available in your city?

Simply let us know which city you would like to study in and we will email through different education pathways on offer in each city.

Simple 4 Step Process


Enrol to a Course

Firstly, you must enrol in the right course/courses – one that trains you for a position on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).


Apply for 485 visa

After graduation, you may be eligible to apply for a temporary work visa called 485 Graduate Visa. 

Undertake Job Ready Program

Job Ready Program program involves 12-months of paid work experience and can lead to a positive skills assessment for migration purposes.

Apply for 190 or 491 visas

Finally, after receiving a positive skills assessment, you may be eligible to apply for General Skilled Migration Visas. Common visas include the State Nominated (Subclass 190) or Regional Nominated (Subclass 491) Work Visas. 

Find a Course

Study Pathways that may meet the 2-year course requirement for positions on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List


Cert III in Carpentry
(24 months)

Boat Building

Cert III in Marine Craft
(24 months)

Automotive Mechanic

Cert III in Light Vehicle Mechanical (18 months)
Cert IV in Automotive Mechanical Overhauling (6 months)


Cert III in Commercial Cookery (12 months)
Cert IV in Commercial Cookery (6 months)
Diploma of Hospitality (6 months)

Heavy Diesel / Commercial Mechanic

Cert III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology (24 months)  


Cert III in Solid Plastering
(24 months)


Cert III in Bricklaying
(24 months)

Wall and Floor Tiling

Cert III in Wall and Floor Tiling
(24 months)

Electro Instrumentation Technician

Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control
(24 months)

Automotive Body Repair

Cert III in Automotive Body Repair (12 months)
Cert IV in Automotive Body Repair (12 months)

Automotive Electrician

Cert III in Automotive Electrician
(24 months)

Engineering Fabricator

Cert III in Engineering Fabrication (24 months)

Electrical Engineering Technician

Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology – Electrical
(24 months)

Study Airconditioning & Refrigeration

Certificate III of Air-conditioning & Refrigeration
(24 months)

Cabinet Making

Certificate III In Cabinet Making
(24 months)


Cert III in Joinery
(24 months)

Painting and Decorating

Cert III in Painting and Decorating
(24 months)

Other Non - Trade Pathway Courses

Job Ready Program

The Job Ready Program (JRP) is a four-step employment-based skills assessment program for international student graduates seeking a skills assessment for migration purposes. It is commonly used for those who cannot pass their skills assessment for general skilled migration purposes for those wanting to apply in Australia permanently.

JRP allows applicants to demonstrate their skills and job readiness in an Australian workplace, before they apply for migration to Australia.

Eligibility for the Job Ready Program


  • Have studied a trade qualification in Australia
  • Have studied for an occupation listed on the Skilled Occupation List
  • TRA is the skills assessor for the profession
  • Have completed at least 360 hours of work or vocational placement in Australia relevant to your occupation
  • Be eligible to apply for the 485 Temporary Graduate Visa
  • Obtain an IELTS score of at least 6 in all aspects of the exam

Courses in Your City

Do you wish to find out which courses are available in your city?

Simply let us know which city you would like to study in and we will email through different education pathways on offer in each city.


General Skilled Migration Visas

General Skilled Migration Visas are permanent visas to Australia that do not require you to have an employer to sponsor your visa.
These visas include – Skilled Independent (Subclass 189), State Nominated (Subclass 190) or Skilled Regional (Subclass 491)

Graduate Visa

The Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) allows recent university graduates and some vocational graduates to remain in Australia and work after their studies have finished. At any stage throughout the temporary Graduate Visa, visa holders can apply for another permanent visa.

Immigration Points Test

To apply for general skilled migration visas, you must first pass a skills assessment and points test. The points test measures how desirable you are to the Australian Government by measuring such things as your age, education, work experience and English ability

Ian’s Story (Case Study)

Ian always knew that he wanted to live in Australia. He is a keen surfer, and the climate and waves on The Gold Coast suit him perfectly. Unfortunately, he had already used his working holiday visa and did not have the skills or experience to get an employer-sponsored or skilled independent visa.

At his initial consultation, Pathway to Aus went through some study options that may have been suitable for him. He had always been interested in boat building, and we managed to enrol him in the Cert III of Marine Craft Construction. This certified course is a 2-year package offered at TAFE QLD on the Gold Coast. Boat Building is on the Immigration Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List. Ian then spent 2 years undertaking this course, which combines in-class study and a vocational placement with a boat building company.

During his studies, Ian was fortunate enough to find paid work experience at the boat building company where he did his vocational placement. On the Student Visa, Ian could work 40 hours per fortnight and unlimited hours during school holidays allowing Ian to earn money to support his stay.

Because boat building is on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List, upon graduating, we were able to apply for an 18-month temporary graduate visa for Ian. We then ensured Ian passed a provisional skills assessment and entered into the Job Ready Program run by Trades Recognition Australia. As part of the Job Ready Program, Ian undertook a minimum of 1725 hours of full-time work as a boat builder. Consequently, Ian can obtain a full skills assessment in just 12 months, as opposed to the usual 3 years. We have now used the full skills assessment to apply for general skilled migration under the skilled independent stream (subclass 189). After we lodged Ian’s Expression of Interest (EOI), we received a nomination to apply for the visa in only 2 days!

“I want to thank Pathway to Aus for setting me on the right pathway. I had no idea how to stay in Australia, but they found a course that I love, and I am now in a job that I have always wanted to work in.”


In case of questions, feel free to reach out to one of our experienced Registered Migration Agents.

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Educate to Migrate was last modified: December 2nd, 2020 by Pathway to Aus