Certificate 3 Guarantee (Queensland)

The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides eligible individuals with access to a subsidised training place in an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) certificate III level qualification with a pre-approved registered training organisation (RTO) of their choice — otherwise known as a pre-qualified supplier (PQS).

The government’s aim is to assist working-age Queenslanders without a post-school certificate III or higher-level qualification to complete a nationally recognised certificate III qualification that leads to:

  • a job outcome for individuals trying to enter the labour market or their desired industry/career; or
  • advancement in the workplace or career progression for individuals already employed in their preferred industry.

Under the Certificate 3 Guarantee, foundation skills training (i.e. language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) training) and lower-level vocational qualifications are also subsidised in certain limited circumstances, based on an individual’s learning, skilling or support needs, to achieve employment outcomes for students.

Certificate 3 Guarantee Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol in the Certificate 3 Guarantee, prospective students must:

  • be aged 15 years or older;
  • be no longer at school (with the exception of school students in Years 10, 11 and 12 undertaking a VET in School (VETiS) program — see the VETiS fact sheet for more information);
  • permanently reside in Queensland;
  • 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
  • not hold, and not be enrolled in, a certificate III or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training.

Co-Contribution Fees

A contribution to the cost of training and assessment services — called a co-contribution fee — must be made by students undertaking a certificate III level vocational qualification and non-concessional students undertaking certificate I and/or II level vocational qualifications.

The only exceptions to the fee condition are:

  • SQW participants — this training is provided fee-free to students with any additional costs met through SQW funding
  • Queensland Year 12 graduates undertaking high priority qualifications — this training is provided fee-free to students
  • VETiS students — this training is provided fee-free to students with any additional costs met by the school
  • foundation skills — this training can be provided fee-free to students, as determined by the PQS
  • lower-level vocational qualifications for concessional students — this training can be provided fee-free to students, as determined by the PQS.

Community Work Skills (part of Skilling Queenslanders for Work)

Community Work Skills is one of seven programs that make up the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.  The program offers tailored assistance to        disadvantaged Queenslanders, enabling them to gain nationally recognised skills  and vocational qualifications up to a certificate III level.

Community Work Skills complements the Certificate 3 Guarantee; Queensland’s   training entitlement program, by providing supported training places. Industry and local employers will be engaged to determine what industry specific vocational training and new and existing labour is required to meet local employment demands.

Community Work Skills primarily targets Queensland residents and at no cost to participants.

This program is for Queensland residents who either:

  • Are ineligible for Australian Government employment services or assistance, or
  • Require complementary services because they have significant barriers to learning and employment, or
  • Have accessed Australian Government services for more than six months and remain unemployed.

Community Work Skills Eligibility

To be eligible, disadvantaged Queenslanders must also be:

  • Aged 15 years or older and no longer at school
  • 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.

Existing or prior qualifications are not a requirement, as Community Work Skills provides a second chance for participants to retrain and gain new qualifications.

Certificate 3 Guarantee Student Co-Contribution Fees

Qualification CodeQualification DescriptionCertificate 3 Guarantee ConcessionCertificate 3 Guarantee    Non ConcessionCommunity Work Skills
CHC33015Certificate III in Individual Support$170$440No Fee
HLT33015Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance$150$400N/A
BSB20115Certificate II in Business$100$330N/A

For more information, please contact breakthru on 1800 767 212