Certificate 3 Guarantee Program
What is the Certificate 3 Guarantee?
The Certificate 3 Guarantee is a key initiative under the Queensland Government's five-year training reform action plan, Great skills Real opportunities.
The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III level qualification and increase their skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance their career.
It also supports Queensland's Year 12 graduates to transition to employment by providing fee-free training in high priority qualifications.
What qualifications are subsidised?
Under the Certificate 3 Guarantee, the Queensland Government provides a subsidy for a range of certificate III level 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 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).
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.
What level of subsidy is available?
The investment priority or importance of the training determines the size of the government subsidy.
Training in vocational areas that aligns with important economic and industry skill 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.
The full list of subsidy levels for qualifications is available on the Queensland Training Subsidies List.
Do I need to contribute to the cost of training?
Given the benefits that training provides to individuals, students undertaking certificate III level 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 but cannot be paid by the PQS.