What is the Certificate 3 Guarantee?

The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III qualification and increase their skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance their career.

It also supports school students to access training and Queensland's Year 12 graduates to transition to employment by providing free training in high priority qualifications.

For an overview of what the Certificate 3 Guarantee means for students, view the Certificate 3 Guarantee student fact sheet (PDF, 161KB) or (DOCX, 98KB).

What qualifications are subsidised?

Under the Certificate 3 Guarantee, the Queensland Government provides a subsidy for a range of certificate III qualifications. Foundation skills training and lower level vocational qualifications may also be subsidised in certain circumstances.

Are you eligible to participate?

The program is open to any Queensland resident aged 15 years or over who is no longer at school (with the exception of VET in Schools students) and is an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency. Prospective students must not have or be enrolled in a certificate III level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training).

Additional opportunities may be available in exceptional circumstances where an individual does not meet the eligibility criteria for a program but circumstances indicate the objectives of the program will be met through a confirmed employment benefit. Additional opportunities will be considered on a case-by-case basis, upon request by a prospective student. To learn more, prospective students can contact the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training on 1300 369 935.

How can you participate in the program?

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

The Queensland Skills Gateway displays the courses available under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and also provides information about what they cover, the careers they can lead to, and the training providers approved to deliver them.

For information on choosing a training provider, read our training consumer tips.

What level of subsidy is available?

The investment priority or importance of the training influences the size of the government subsidy.

Training in vocational areas that aligns with important economic and industry skills needs will receive a higher government subsidy.

A higher subsidy will also be paid to support participation by disadvantaged learners. More information on concessional student status is detailed in the Certificate 3 Guarantee Program Policy.

Do you need to contribute to the cost of training?

Given the benefits that training provides to individuals, students undertaking certificate III training and non-concessional students undertaking lower level training are required to contribute to the costs of their training through a co-contribution fee.

The amount of your out-of-pocket expense will vary depending on the course you undertake and the training provider you choose.

The fee may be paid on your behalf by an employer or another third party unrelated to the pre-qualified supplier (PQS), but cannot be paid by the PQS.

Under free tafe for Year 12 graduates, eligible graduates train for free in high priority qualifications identified by the Queensland Government and industry.

More information

Read the Certificate 3 Guarantee frequently asked questions or visit the Certificate 3 Guarantee section of this site for more information on the Certificate 3 Guarantee, including access to program documents.

For an overview of what the Certificate 3 Guarantee means for students, view the Certificate 3 Guarantee student fact sheet (PDF, 161KB) or (DOCX, 98KB).

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Last updated 1 August 2019

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