Occupational Trainee

The Training and Research visa (subclass 402) is designed to assist graduates who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis with an aim of participating occupational training (training undertaken in the workplace), to observe or participate in research as a visiting academic, or participate in a professional development program.

Please note that while the 402 is a training visa that allows you to work full time, it is not a work visa.

This visa has three streams, IFS Training focuses on one of these, the Occupational Trainee stream:

Occupational Trainee stream: for people who need structured workplace-based training to enhance

their skills in their current occupation, area of tertiary study, or field of expertise.

Information on the other two streams may be found by visiting http://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/402.aspx

An Occupational Trainee Subclass 402 Visa needs three participating entities:

  • an occupational trainee;
  • a host employer who will provide full time employment (and supervise the training plan); and
  • IFS Training, the organisation who
    1. is approved as an Occupational Trainee Sponsor;
    2. nominates the Occupational Trainee; and,
    3. provides the training plan for the Occupational Trainee.

Occupational Training Program

The occupational training program must:

  • be closely related to the trainee’s current occupation, field of study or area of expertise;
  • enhance the trainee’s current skill level;
  • be conducted in a supervised workplace;
  • not impact upon occupational training opportunities for Australian citizens and permanent residents.

How to apply for an Occupational Trainee Visa

  1.  Submit your application to IFS Training for pre-assessment.

IFS admissions staff will make an initial assessment of qualifications and experience to determine potential suitability for the programme.


The requirements for approval of an Occupational Trainee Subclass 402 Visa include the following:

Trainees must:

  • be at least 18 years of age (unless exceptional circumstances justify a visa being granted to an expatriate under 18 years of age);
  • have a genuine intention to undertake the occupational training program;
  • have sufficient English Language Proficiency  to undertake the occupational training and meet Occupational Health and Safety standards;
  • have adequate health insurance;
  • be of good health and character.

A Trainee applicant may include eligible family members as secondary applicants in their Occupational Trainee Subclass 402 Visa application. If an eligible family member is not included in the visa application they may make a separate secondary visa application at a later time.

2. If successful, the application will be passed onto our processing team where a formal invitation to join the programme will be issued to the candidate.

At this stage IFS will engage the candidates host employer and begin development of the specific Training Plan.

  1. Obtain a Nomination for your Occupational Training

IFS Training will lodge a nomination for you with the Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection. Processing of the nomination may take a few weeks. When the nomination has been approved, IFS are notified and will forward the nomination approval letter to you for you to submit together with your visa application.

4.  Visa approval

Upon visa approval, the candidate will begin full-time (minimum of 30 hours) paid, work-based training with the host employer.  IFS will liaise with the candidate and their nominated supervisor to implement, assess and monitor the training plan.