How to renew your skills assessment

If you are a skilled visa applicant and are awaiting an invitation from a State/Territory or Department, you have to keep your English test and skills assessment certificates up to date.

Please double-check the validity of your certificates. If they are close to expiring should consider applying for a renewal of their assessment at the same time as they apply for a state or territory migration program – or earlier. Each state and territory have its own criteria for applications and sometimes the timeframes are short.

Everything used to be clear with the English test, but the renewal of the skills assessment always brings candidates to a silent question. Therefore, today I will tell you about skills assessment renewal using the example of the most popular assessing organization VETASSESS.

By the way, your renewal can include adding newly acquired qualifications and/or employment positions that were not previously assessed.

If you have received a successful skills assessment and would like to be reassessed, you may be eligible to apply for a renewal application.

The renewal application involves:

  • A reassessment of your original successful skills assessment outcome, with additional qualification or/and employment considered, including for Points Test purposes.
  • Renewing the expiry date with or without your additional qualification or/and employment.

To satisfy the requirements when applying for a renewal, you must demonstrate that your skills meet the current criteria for your nominated occupation.

It is important to check the current criteria because they may have changed. Vetassess will check your qualifications against the criteria, as well as whether you have recently worked in your occupation.

Please note that VETASSESS cannot guarantee a successful outcome as part of the renewal application process.

A positive full skills assessment outcome is usually valid for three years from its issue date.

If you need a renewal of your skills assessment, contact us before your skills assessment is expired.

Once your skills assessment outcome letter has expired, it cannot be renewed. You will need to submit a new skills assessment application and pay the full fee.

Please be aware:

  • Employment that is outside of the last five years cannot be accepted and will not meet the skills assessment requirements.
  • If you have already had a full skill assessment with VETASSESS, obviously renewal will be performed for the previously selected occupation.
  • If your occupation has changed recently and you would like to take a skills assessment in a different occupation, you have to start a skills assessment from the very beginning. However, you will need to be very careful choosing an occupation, considering your entire previously declared experience.
  • If your occupation has been excluded from the VETASSESS’ assessment occupation list, you should contact the assessment/renewal organization where your occupation is currently listed.

What is the difference between a renewal and a full skill assessment?

  • The renewal process normally takes about 4 – 6 working weeks (some it may take longer depending on the complexity of the case) and costs AUD 415 + GST (November 2022) 
  • A full skills assessment typically takes about 10 weeks and costs AUD 962 + GST (November 2022)

Both options – renewal or full skills assessment – are valid for 3 years from the date of issue.

At Yulia Moiseeva & Associates, of course, we provide professional support at all stages of skilled migration, including skills assessment. Absolutely all our clients find our service extremely efficient and comfortable.

Our all-in-one package of services for professionals includes the following steps:

  • strategic consultation (ideally candidates come with English test results)
  • skills assessment
  • EOI for states/territories or Department under visas 189/190/491 (unlimited)
  • submission of documents in response to a nomination and a visa invitation
  • communication with all third-party organizations and follow-up due to our work on your migration case

By the way, if you already have valid skills assessment and English test certificate, I would like to invite you to take advantage of our special post-payment offer.

You can ask me questions at any time.

Just email me at and describe your migration issues!

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