What is the Certificate 3 Guarantee?
The Certificate 3 Guarantee aims to help Queenslanders without a post-school qualification to gain one. The Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidises your vocational education and training (VET) course fees to help you complete your first post-school certificate III level qualification and increase your skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance your 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.
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 Certificate 3 Guarantee provides subsidies for only one qualification.
The Queensland Government’s Department of Employment, Small Business and Training administers the Certificate 3 Guarantee Program. For further information please refer to their website here.
What courses are funded under Certificate 3 Guarantee?
To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee funding, you must meet the entry requirements below.
- Aged 15 years or older
- No longer at school
- Not hold or be undertaking a Certificate level III or higher qualification*
- Be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland
Please note you will no longer be eligible for subsidized training under Certificate 3 Guarantee once you have completed a certificate level III qualification.
*Students who hold a certificate III, higher level qualification or bachelor degree awarded by a tertiary college or university in Australia are NOT eligible to access the Certificate 3 Guarantee as these qualifications form part of, and are nationally recognised within, the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). (Note: certificate III qualifications completed at secondary school are not counted).
Students who hold a Certificate level I to Advanced Diploma qualification issued prior to the introduction of the Australian Qualifications Framework in 1995 are eligible to access the Certificate 3 Guarantee.
For further information and to check your eligibility please refer to the Department of Education and Training website:
Student Contribution Fees
Under this program students are required to make a financial contribution towards the cost of the training and assessment services for their selected course. There is a mandatory student contribution fee for all students undertaking a subsidised Certificate Qualification. There are two levels of contributions a general student-non-concession and a concessional student.
|Qualification Description||Number of Units||Non-Concession||Concession|
|CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support – Ageing & Disability||15||$95||$65|
|HLT33115 Certificate III Health Services Assistance||15||$95||$65|
|CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services||12||$95||$65|
|BSB30115 Certificate III in Business||12||$95||$65|
|TLI27121 Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure||16||$85||$55|
|CHC22015 Certificate II in Community Services||9||$85||$55|
Am I eligible for Concession?
A concessional student fee is applicable for the following eligible students:
- 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
- the student is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- the student has a disability
- the student is an adult prisoner
Once you complete a qualification through this program you will no longer be eligible for further subsidised training under this program.
Please note that pricing and course availability is subject to change without notice. For more information on this program you can download the Queensland Government Certificate 3 Guarantee fact sheet.