If you play through SWTOR in a linear fashion, you won’t acquire your crew skills until you leave your starter planet (around level 10). However, you can train in gathering skills as soon as your character is created. There are only two gathering skills that will be useful to you on your starter planet: bioanalysis and scavenging. Keep in mind, that you can only train these gathering crew skills. You will not be able to craft anything until you get your companion. To train your gathering skills:
- As soon as your character is created, leave Ord Mantell/Tython by catching a transport to the Republic Fleet.
- Seek out the gathering crew skill trainer of your choice. Don’t forget to talk to all of them. The XP you earn will take you to at least level 4.
- Take the transport back to your starter planet and start gathering.
- Be careful to train the correct skills as you will not be able to “unlearn” any gathering skills until you get your companion.
This strategy works out really well for Scavenging (use on all silver star Droids and above) and Bioanalysis (all of the animals) as each planet has plenty of opportunities to find items to gather. Just watch that inventory space!