WorldSkills - Canberra region competitions

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The ACT Government is committed to supporting the skills and innovation base of new industries in the ACT. As part of this commitment, we are running the Canberra region WorldSkills competitions.

WorldSkills is an international vocational education and excellence competition event for trainees, apprentices and students. The competitions give participants a chance to showcase and show what can be achieved with real industry skills.

Winners of local competitions can go on to represent at Australian and even international competitions, demonstrating the ACT’s vocational education and training (VET) quality on the world stage.

Learn how WorldSkills helped young local landscaper, Dougal King, who competed for Australia in the international stage in Dubai in 2018.

Who can compete

VET in School (VETiS) competitions

The VETiS competitions are open for students who are enrolled in the first year of a VET course in secondary schools.

Medallists from the Canberra region competitions may qualify for one of the 12 VETiS categories at the national championships in 2020. To compete at the national championships, competitors must be enrolled in a VET course in secondary or senior secondary school in 2020.


Open competitions

To enter the Canberra region competition, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • be undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • be undertaking studies towards a qualification at an registered training organisation, TAFE or university
  • have undertaken/completed a relevant qualification at an registered training organisation, TAFE or university

There are no age criteria to enter the Canberra region competitions however, there are conditions for proceeding to the 2020 National Championships.


National championships

A competitor at the WorldSkills Australia National Championships should not be older than 24 years in the year of competition (for example they must be born on or after 1 Jan 1996 to be eligible for the 2020 championships).


International competition

A competitor at the WorldSkills international competition must not be older than 22 in the year of the competition.

Upcoming competitions

VETiS competitions

  • Business services (to be confirmed)
  • Electrotechnology
  • Hairdressing.

Open competitions

  • Automotive mechanics (to be confirmed)
  • Bricklaying
  • Business services (to be confirmed)
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Carpentry (to be confirmed)
  • Cookery
  • Electrical control
  • Electrical installations
  • Hairdressing
  • Joinery
  • Landscape construction
  • Painting and decorating
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing and heating
  • Retail baking - Bread
  • Sheetmetal work
  • Wall and floor tiling
  • Welding.

Competition dates will be announced soon.

How to nominate

Competitors can register at any time until the competition start date on the WorldSkills Australia registration page.

Completed competitions

Congratulations to all those who have already competed in the 2019 Canberra region competitions. Winners will be announced at the Medal Ceremony to be held in November 2019.


For more information refer to the WorldSkills Australia website, email the ACT Training Awards Team or telephone Skills Canberra on 6205 8555.