Funded by the Queensland Government

Certificate 3 Guarantee 

Overview and objectives

The principal aim of the Certificate 3 Guarantee is to assist working-age Queenslanders without a post- school certificate III or higher-level qualification to complete a nationally recognised certificate III qualification, which may lead to:

  1. Great opportunity to entering the job market.
  2. Advancement in the workplace or career progression for individuals already employed in their preferred industry.

Who is eligible to receive training?

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

  1. be aged 15 years or above and no longer at school (with the exception of VET in School (VETiS) students — see the VETiS fact sheet for more information)
  2. permanently reside in Queensland.
  3. 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
  4. not hold, and not be enrolled in, a certificate III or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills.


VET in Schools (VETiS)

VETiS students will choose from a range of subsidised qualifications primarily at certificate levels I and II. For more information on the qualifications that can be delivered to VETiS students through the Certificate 3 Guarantee see the Priority Skills List.


Qualifications provided by us that are eligible through Certificate 3 Guarantee Funding.

SIS20213 – Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation VETiS Only.

SIS30413 – Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation.

SIS30513 – Certificate III in Sport and Recreation.

SIS40313 – Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation


What level of subsidy is available?

The size of the government subsidy will vary for each qualification based on the relative priority of the occupation aligned to the qualification, and the indicative value of the qualification based on relative length and complexity of training delivery.

This means high priority qualifications will be subsidised at a higher percentage, and generally a higher dollar value than low priority qualifications.

Concessional student status applies when:

  1. 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.
  2. the student provides us with an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the student, their partner or the person of whom the student is a dependant is entitled to concessions under a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card.
  3. the student is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
  4. the student is a school student and is enrolled in a VETiS program.
  5. the student has a disability.


What is a co-contribution fee?

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 fee may be paid on behalf of the student by a third party, but cannot be paid or waived by the PQS. The fee amount is a decision for the PQS.

The only exceptions to the fee condition are VETiS students — this training is provided fee-free to students with any additional costs met by the school.


What can students expect from a Pre Qualified Supplier (PQS)?

Individuals need access to a range of information to ensure they make an informed choice about a subsidised training place under the Certificate 3 Guarantee.

To aid in this decision, we at the Outdoor Education Consultants

  1. inform prospective students they may no longer be eligible for a government subsidised training place under the Certificate 3 Guarantee once they complete a certificate III level vocational qualification.
  2. Provide a training plan so you can track your progress and so we can help with areas of difficulty.
  3. Have a culture of regular contact with assessors so you can have useful and timely feedback.
  4. Direct students to the department’s Certificate 3 Guarantee student fact sheet.
  5. Provide networks to industry related employment.
  6. Provide pathways to further study.


More information.

For more information on the Certificate 3 Guarantee, phone 1300 369 935 or visit the website at  www.training.qld.gov.au/certificate3guarantee.

Click here for Student co-contribution fees.

User Choice

The User Choice program provides public funding paid directly to pre-qualified suppliers (PQS) for the delivery of accredited entry-level training to apprentices and trainees.

The program works in conjunction with the Commonwealth Australian Apprenticeships System, under which apprentices and trainees (also known in some jurisdictions as ‘Australian apprentices’) enter into legally binding training contracts with their employers and receive structured training to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

The User Choice 2010–2016 program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees.

The program will provide greater flexibility for apprentices, trainees and their employers to select a training supplier of their choice and to negotiate the type of training they require.

Click here for the User Choice website.

Click here for Student co-contribution fees.

Higher Level Skill Funding

The Higher Level Skills program endorses the Queensland Government’s Working Queensland jobs plan.

This program provides a government subsidy to aid eligible individuals to utilise one subsidised training place in some certificate IV and above qualifications, or priority skill sets.

The goal is to help individuals to achieve the higher level skills needed to gain employment or career advancement in priority industries or to transition to university. Employers may also be able to access training to address workforce development requirements.

Click here for the Higher Level Skill Funding website.

Click here for Student co-contribution fees.

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