Certificate 3 Guarantee - for students

The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible Queenslanders to complete their first post-school certificate III qualification and increase their skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance their career.

It also supports school students to access training and Queensland’s Year 12 graduates to transition to employment by providing fee-free training in high priority qualifications.

The Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidises your vocational education and training (VET) course fees.

This means that instead of paying the full costs of a training course, you will pay a reduced amount, making training more affordable and accessible.

What training is available?

There are over 100 different courses, in over 30 different industry sectors, that you can enrol in under the Certificate 3 Guarantee.

There is also a network of government-approved training providers (called pre-qualified suppliers) that you can choose from to do your course. The number of training providers available varies from course to course. To receive subsidised training, you must be enrolled with one of these approved training providers.

All courses and approved training providers are listed on the Queensland Skills Gateway. Approved training providers will show ‘Yes’ under the Funded column.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible to access the Certificate 3 Guarantee, you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or an Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with an eligible visa subclass
  • be 15 years old or over
  • live in Queensland and have left school*
  • not already have, or be enrolled in, a certificate III level or higher qualification.

*Some VET in Schools students will be able to access training through the Certificate 3 Guarantee).

How much will you pay?

The government will pay a portion of the training costs for your course directly to your chosen training provider up to a set amount. However, you will be required to pay a co-contribution fee to the training provider. These fees vary between approved training providers so it pays to shop around.

How do I start training?

Step 1 – choose your qualification

You can only access the subsidy once, so it’s important you choose the right qualification for you.

Get tips and advice to help you choose the right qualification.

The full list of subsidised qualifications is available on the Queensland Skills Gateway.

Step 2 – find a training provider

Once you’ve decided on a qualification, use the Queensland Skills Gateway to find an approved training provider who is delivering the course for that qualification.

Step 3 – enrol

Contact your chosen training provider to enrol in the course.

More information

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

Contact us

For training information phone 1300 369 935 or email

For apprenticeships and traineeships information phone 1800 210 210 or email

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