Entering a WorldSkills Australia competition gives you the chance to test your trade and skills knowhow against your peers, and to progress to competing at national and international competition levels, in front of over 200,000 people.
It also opens up a world of career opportunity. Are you ready to be the best you can be?
It all begins at a Regional Competition
Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 35 Australian regions. The Regional Competitions test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who have the opportunity to win gold, silver and bronze medals and gain the chance to go on to compete at a national level.
WorldSkills Australia competitions operate on a two-year cycle. The next Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country. 2018 and 2020 are the next National Championship years.
What are the benefits of competing?
Taking part in Regional Competitions offers participants huge benefits and opportunities. These include:
- Striving and being recognised for excellence
- Boosting your workplace skills and performance
- Demonstrating your potential to current and future employers
- Benchmarking your skills against others in your field
- Fast tracking your career and developing skills such as time management and organisation skills
- Building your networking and communication skills through taking direction from industry peers, engaging with industry and peers and working alongside rivals
- Developing your commitment and responsibility through understanding and meeting competition criteria and requirements.
Taking part is about more than winning
We create opportunities for you to become the very best version of yourself possible. We offer nine life changing pathway and scholarship opportunities that involve additional study, work experience, overseas travel or financial support. The aim of the programs is to further develop the skills of the many young people who participate in WorldSkills Australia events – whatever the outcome of your time at competition.
All students, apprentices, and trainees enrolled in accredited courses with an RTO or TAFE can enter the Regionals. To be eligible to enter a 2017 Regional Competition, competitors must be aged under 24 or be born on or after 1 January 1995. To be eligible to proceed to the 2018 National Championships, competitors must be aged under 24 or be born on or after 1 January 1994.
More than 50 trades and skills from seven skill clusters are represented at a WorldSkills competition. The seven skill clusters are:
- Construction & Building Technology
- Creative Arts & Fashion
- Information & Communications Technology
- Manufacturing & Engineering Technology
- Social & Personal Services
- Transport & Logistics
- VETiS Competitions
How to enter
Keen to develop your skills and try your hand against the best in Australia? Bring it on! You can nominate yourself, or a teacher, training provider or employer can nominate you. We recommend you discuss taking part with your training providing and employer first.
Am I eligible to enter a competition?
All students, apprentices, and trainees enrolled in accredited courses with an RTO or TAFE can enter the Regionals. To be eligible to proceed to the 2018 National Championships, competitors must be aged under 24 or be born on or after 1 January 1994.
I no longer attend TAFE, can I still compete?
Yes, as long as you meet the competitor age criteria.
I can't see my trade/skill listed, which category does my trade/skill fall under?
If your trade/skill is not listed, it could be categorised under a different name, or it may not offered by WorldSkills Australia as a competition category. Talk to your teacher/trainer about alternative trade/skill names or contact your Main Regional Coordinator.
I am over the age of 23, can I still compete in a WSA competition?
The WorldSkills Regional Competition is open to all apprentices, trainees and students from industry, TAFEs and RTOs. However, if you are aged 23 or over when you compete you will not be able to progress to the Nationals. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth your while though – our Regional Competitions are fun, challenging and look great on your CV.
The current age limits for the next cycle of WSA competitions are:
- 2017 International Competition – competitors must be aged 22 or under/be born on or after 1 January 1995
- 2018 National Championship – competitors must be aged 23 or under/be born on or after 1 January 1996
- 2019 International Competition – competitors must be born on or after 1 January 1997, with the exception of competitors in the skills of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Team Challenge, who must be born on or after 1 January 1994.
- 2020 National Championship – competitors must be aged 23 or under/be born on or after 1 January 1997
Can I compete in a WSA competition more than once?
Yes! Past regional and national competitors within the age limit (with the exception of international competitors) may enter again.
When is the next WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition?
WorldSkills Australia Regional Competitions are held all over Australia every two years. The next Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country.
How do I know which region I can compete for?
A competitor must live, work or study in the region where they compete. Talk to your teacher, trainer, employer or Main Regional Coordinator to determine who you should compete for.
Where is my nearest region?
There are 34 WSA Regions across Australia. Visit the map to work out which region is closest to you.
How do I identify my Main Regional Coordinator?
Visit the map. Once you’ve identified your region, you’ll be able to identify your coordinator.
My category is not being run in my region, can I compete elsewhere?
When a category is not being run in a region, or where nominations are closed, competitors may participate in another region running that category, pending confirmation from the new region.
I live in one region and work in another. Can I enter competitions in both regions?
No. Competitors are not permitted to enter the same category more than one time in the same competition year.
If I win a gold medal at the National Championship, am I automatically eligible for the Internationals?
There are no automatic pathways to the next level of competition. Eligible competitors will be selected in nominated categories to progress to the International Competition. All National gold medal winners who are not selected for the International Competition will have the opportunity to apply for the BBM Skilled Futures Program.
How do I enter?
You can nominate yourself, or a teacher, training provider or employer can nominate you. We recommend you discuss taking part with your training providing and employer first. Register your interest.