Certificate 3 Guarantee - for students

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.

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

The Certificate 3 Guarantee means that instead of paying for the full cost of a training course, you will pay a reduced amount to make the training more affordable and accessible.

Information for registered training organisations about the Certificate 3 Guarantee is available.

What training is available?

There are over 100 different courses you can enrol in to gain a certificate III qualification through the Certificate 3 Guarantee.

These courses are aligned to jobs and occupations in more than 30 different industry sectors. To find out more on the courses available visit the Queensland Skills Gateway.

There is also a network of government approved training providers that you can choose from to do your course. The number of training providers available varies from course to course.

All government approved training providers are listed on the Queensland Skills Gateway and come up in the training provider search as ‘Funded’. To receive your subsidy you will need to ensure that the training provider you select is a pre-qualified supplier.

Approved training providers are called pre-qualified suppliers by the government.

Are you eligible?

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

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • be 15 years old or over
  • live in Queensland and have left school*
  • not already have a certificate III level or higher qualification
  • not be currently enrolled in a certificate III level or higher course.

*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.

You will be required to pay a co-contribution fee to the registered training organisation you choose for your course. The fees may vary between approved training providers so it pays to shop around.

The fee may be paid on your behalf by your employer or another third party, such as your parents, but cannot be paid by the training provider you select.

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 preferred training provider who is delivering the course for that qualification.

Step 3 – enrol

Contact your preferred 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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