A trade paper is a certificate that commemorates the completion of an apprenticeship.
You can receive a free trade paper if you completed both:
- a recognised apprenticeship in Victoria, which you started after 1 January 1995
- the apprenticeship's relevant qualification with a TAFE, trade school or registered training organisation.
Apprenticeships completed on or after 1 July 2021
If you completed your apprenticeship and relevant qualification on or after 1 July 2021 there is no need to submit an application to receive your trade paper. Newly qualified eligible apprentices will automatically receive a trade paper in the mail.
Apprenticeships completed before 1 July 2021
If you completed your apprenticeship and relevant qualification before 1 July 2021, you will need to make an application in order to receive a trade paper.
When you apply, you'll need to provide your qualification title and code. Your TAFE, trade school or registered training organisation can provide you with this information.
To apply for a trade paper, register an account and submit an application in the trade paper portal, which is provided by VETASSESS.
To get started, see:
If your application is successful, you'll receive your trade paper in the mail.
Apprenticeships started before 1995
If you started an apprenticeship before 1 January 1995, you can apply for a duplicate certificate of completion.
For more information, see: