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Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidises course fees for Queenslanders to help them access training and complete their first post-school certificate III qualification.

It is targeted at certificate III qualifications because they are considered the entry-level qualification most often needed to gain employment in many industry sectors.

Registered training organisations (RTOs) must apply to become a pre-qualified supplier to deliver training under the Certificate 3 Guarantee. Once approved, the RTO will be listed on the Queensland Skills Gateway as a pre-qualified supplier.

Funding under the program is fully contestable, allowing Queenslanders to choose their preferred pre-qualified supplier.

Information for students who want to access the Certificate 3 Guarantee is also available.

Qualifications and subsidy levels

The Queensland Training Subsidies List lists the qualifications funded under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and the subsidy levels. Subsidy levels vary for concessional and non-concessional students.

Who receives the subsidy?

The subsidy is paid directly to the pre-qualified supplier on behalf of the student once training is delivered and reported.

Under the program, students are expected to pay a co-contribution fee. The co-contribution fee amount is set by the pre-qualified supplier. The co-contribution fee may be paid on behalf of the student by their employer or another third party, but not by the pre-qualified supplier.

Pre-qualified supplier requirements

Pre-qualified suppliers must meet a number of performance standards if they wish to participate and maintain their pre-qualified supplier status. Refer to the PQS Policy and PQS Agreement for more information.

Pre-qualified suppliers are measured on successful training completions and whether the training resulted in an employment benefit such as securing a job or career advancement.

More information

Visit the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training's Training website.

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Contact us

For training information phone 1300 369 935 or email

For apprenticeships and traineeships information phone 1800 210 210 or email

Information for students

Information for students who want to access the Certificate 3 Guarantee is also available.

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Last updated
05 March 2018
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