Fees & Funding

We offer a number of options when it comes to managing course fees and assisting you to gain funding.

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Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee aims to help Queenslanders without a post-school qualification to gain one. The Certificate 3 Guarantee is a subsidy for your vocational education and training (VET) course fees to help you complete your first post-school Certificate III qualification. It is targeted at Certificate III qualifications because they are considered the entry-level qualification most often needed to gain employment. The Certificate 3 Guarantee means that instead of paying for the full cost of a training course, you will pay a reduced amount to make the training more affordable and accessible.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible to access the Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidised training, you must:

  1. be aged 15 years or older;
  2. be no longer at school (with the exception of school students in Years 10, 11 and 12 undertaking a VET in School (VETiS) program;
  3. permanently reside in Queensland;
  4. be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen; and
  5. not hold, and not be enrolled in, a Certificate III or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training.

Concession

  1. the student holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card and is named on the card;
  2. the student provides the PQS with an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the student, their partner or the person of whom the student is a dependant is entitled to concessions under a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card;
  3. the student identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
  4. the student is a school student and is enrolled in a VETiS program (may include young people in detention);
  5. the student has a disability; or
  6. the student is an adult prisoner.

How much will you pay?

The government will pay a portion of the training costs for your course directly to your chosen training provider up to a set amount. You will be required to pay a co-contribution fee to the registered training organisation.

As you can only access the Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidy once, it is important that you choose the right course for you to take full advantage of this opportunity.

*Please note you may be eligible for the Queensland Government's Certificate 3 Guarantee Boost, assisting unemployed job seekers or those at risk of unemployment to link with training opportunities to help with finding a job or stay in employment.

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Available Courses

Under this funding model of the Certificate 3 Guarantee, students can study the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care through Venture Education.

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Higher Level Skills

The Higher Level Skills program aim is to help individuals to gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement or to transition to university. Under the program, your vocational education and training course fees will be subsidised to help make training more affordable and accessible to you. Subsidies are provided for a select Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications, and priority skill sets critical to productivity within the workplace.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible to access the Higher Level Skills subsidised training, you must:

  1. be aged 15 years or older;
  2. be no longer at school;
  3. permanently reside in Queensland;
  4. be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen; and
  5. not hold, and not be enrolled in, a certificate IV or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training.

Concession

  1. the student holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card and is named on the card;
  2. the student provides the PQS with an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the student, their partner or the person of whom the student is a dependant is entitled to concessions under a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card;
  3. the student identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
  4. the student is a school student and is enrolled in a VETiS program (may include young people in detention);
  5. the student has a disability; or
  6. the student is an adult prisoner.

How much will you pay?

The government will pay a portion of the training costs for your course directly to your chosen training provider up to a set amount. You will be required to pay a co-contribution fee to the registered training organisation.

As you can only access the Higher Level Skills subsidy once, it is important that you choose the right course for you to take full advantage of this opportunity.

*Please note you may be eligible to access Higher Level Skills funding for further study to complete specific Skill Sets.

Find out more Confirm eligibility

Available Courses

Under this funding model of the Higher Level Skills program, students can study the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

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Fee Free Training

Year 12 Fee-Free Training

(Year 12 Graduates)

To support Queensland’s Year 12 Graduates to successfully transition to employment, the government is offering free training in high priority qualifications under the Certificate 3 Guarantee. Fee-free training is available to Year 12 graduates in high priority vocational qualifications, apprenticeships and traineeships. High priority qualifications provide training in the skills employers and industry need most. Eligible Year 12 graduates must enrol and start training in a high priority qualification within the calendar year after leaving school to take advantage of this great opportunity. If you graduated Year 12 in 2020, you can kick-start your career by getting the skills employers want without the fees.

Are you eligible?

You can access fee-free training if you:

  1. have completed Year 12 in Queensland and hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority or equivalent certification
  2. enrol and start an apprenticeship, traineeship or training with an approved training provider in a high priority qualification by 31 December the year after graduating (e.g. 2020 graduates have to start by 31 December 2021)
  3. permanently reside in Queensland.

Available Courses

Eligible students can study the CHC30113 - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care as Year 12 Fee-Free Training.

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Free Apprenticeships and Traineeships for Under 25s

The Queensland government is helping young Queenslanders to gain valuable qualifications to help them to build their career in industries where they know there will be jobs in the future. As part of the Queensland Government’s Skills for Queensland strategy, they are offering fully subsidised training for under 25s across 139 priority apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications.


Are you eligible?

To be eligible for Free apprenticeships, under 25s must be employed as an apprentice or trainee under a training contract in one of the 139 priority apprenticeship or traineeship qualifications on or after 1 July 2019.

Available Courses

Under the Free Apprenticeships and Traineeships for Under 25's, students can study the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

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User Choice Program

The User Choice 2017-20 program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees. Not all apprenticeships and traineeships attract government funding. The funding priority will determine the level of public funds contributed to training regardless of whether the qualification is an apprenticeship or traineeship. To be eligible for a government contribution towards the costs of training, an apprentice or trainee must have entered into a training contract for a qualification that is funded by the department.

Apprentices and trainees can only receive one government contribution for a User Choice funded qualification at any single point in time; for example, a student is not funded to undertake two apprenticeships or traineeships at the same time. In addition, apprentices and trainees, including SATs, can only receive a maximum of two government funding contributions under the current User Choice program.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible to undertake training under the User Choice Program, you must:

  1. Individuals who are 13 years of age or older may be eligible to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in most occupations. Queensland legislation applies age restrictions to particular apprenticeships and traineeships.
  2. To be registered as a Queensland apprentice or trainee, your workplace address must be in Queensland.
  3. Apprenticeships and traineeships require employers to enter into a training contract with the apprentice or trainee, which is a legally binding agreement to work and train together for a length of time. Apprentices and trainees must work with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider to organise a training contract.
  1. School students, typically in Years 10, 11 and 12, are able to participate in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships which allows the student to study for their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) while working and training towards a recognised qualification.
  2. As a general rule, only Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport, have unrestricted rights to enter an apprenticeship or traineeship in Australia. Any other person wanting to participate in an apprenticeship or traineeship in Australia must have a visa allowing employment. Any other person wanting to work in Australia must have a visa allowing employment.

Concession

You may be eligible for a concession if you meet one of the following:

  1. The participant was or will be under 17 years of age at the end of February in the year in which the PQS provides training, and the participant is not at school and has not completed year 12.
  2. The participant holds a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law or is the partner or a dependent of a person who holds a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card and is named on the card.
  1. The participant issues the PQS with an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the participant, his or her partner or the person of whom the participant is a dependant, is entitled to concessions under a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.
  2. The participant is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

How much will you pay?

The government will pay a portion of the training costs for your course directly to your chosen training provider up to a set amount. You will be required to pay a co-contribution fee to the registered training organisation. A student contribution fee is to be charged to all full and part-time apprentices and trainees. A student may be eligible for a partial or full exemption of the contribution fee upon enrolment. Student contribution fees DO NOT apply to School-based apprenticeships or traineeships (SAT's). The Student Contribution Fee is calculated at $1.60 per nominal hour for each Unit of Competency delivered for the qualification and therefore vary depending on the qualification and electives chosen. The Student Contribution Fee may be paid on behalf of the student by their employer or a third party. 

Apprentices and trainees can only receive a maximum of two Government funding contributions under the current User Choice program. In addition, apprentices and trainees can only receive one government contribution for a User Choice funded qualification at any single point in time.

Find out more Confirm eligibility

Available Courses

Under the funding model of the User Choice Program, students can study the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

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Fee For Service

Full fee paying students (fee for service) do not attract any government funding for the delivery of their courses. If you are not eligible for a government subsidised program, you are charged course fees on a Fee For Service arrangement that covers the cost of your study. Payment of course fees can be made using a credit card or direct deposit. If students are unable to pay for their course upfront, students have the option of going on to a payment plan.

Please note that fee for service students are not subsidised by the government in any way and that course fees vary, depending on the length and nature of the course.

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Available Courses

Full Fee paying students can study the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

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