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Version 10
November 2021
Part-time and multiple training contracts (PDF, 138KB)

Part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

To be eligible for a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship the following criteria must be met:

  • The apprentice or trainee's working hours (including supervised training) must average a minimum 15 hours per week* over each 4 week period for the length of the training contract.
  • The apprentice or trainee must have regular working hours and be rostered to work on a regular basis.
  • The relevant industrial relations instrument must permit part-time employment.

*Registration of part-time training contracts with fewer than 15 hours per week may be approved, but only where the apprentice or trainee has a disability and meets the criteria.

Note: Casual arrangements where the work is irregular, occasional or intermittent are NOT permitted for Queensland apprenticeships and traineeships. It should be noted the purpose of this limitation is to ensure the apprentice or trainee is receiving sufficient regular contact with the workplace to meet the requirements of the qualification and underpinning training plan within the framework of an apprenticeship or traineeship. Where the apprentice or trainee is regularly meeting the weekly work hour requirements for full-time, part-time or school-based established for apprenticeships and traineeships, within the averaging provisions, this is not considered to be an irregular, occasional or intermittent employment arrangement for the purpose of the apprenticeship/traineeship policy and the training contract.

The nominal term of a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship is double that of the full-time equivalent. E.g. an apprenticeship that has a nominal term of four years full-time will have a nominal term of 8 years part-time.

A part-time training contract can be changed to a full-time training contract if the employer and apprentice or trainee agree. They must apply for approval of this change using the ATF-035 Amendment of a registered training contract form.

Electrotechnology apprenticeships

Persons wishing to pursue a part-time apprenticeship in the electrotechnology industry must ensure that certain requirements are fulfilled before the training contract can be registered.

These requirements can be found against the chosen electrotechnology qualification on the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website.

Multiple training contracts

A number of possible scenarios involving multiple training contracts for the same apprentice/trainee with the same or different employers exist. These possibilities may include:

  • a part-time apprenticeship plus a part-time traineeship
  • two part-time apprenticeships or traineeships
  • a full-time apprenticeship plus a part-time traineeship or visa versa
  • two school-based apprenticeships or traineeships.

If a registered apprentice or trainee who is currently employed applies to undertake a second apprenticeship or traineeship in the same occupation, care must be taken to ensure that the second training contract does not adversely affect the first.

Government contributions and multiple training contracts

Apprentices and trainees in certain qualifications may receive a government contribution towards the cost of their training. This is called User Choice funding.

It is important to note that an apprentice or trainee can only receive a government contribution for a User Choice-funded qualification at any single point in time. In circumstances where a person undertakes more than 1 apprenticeship or traineeship that would normally be funded by User Choice, at the same time, they will receive only the government contribution for the first training contract registered.

For further information


  • The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider for the training contract.
  • Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210.

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Last updated 15 November 2021

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