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User Choice

Through the User Choice program the government contributes towards the cost of training for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees.

Instead of paying for the full cost of training, apprentices or trainees and their employers will pay a reduced amount.

The program provides the flexibility for apprentices, trainees and their employers to select a preferred registered training organisation to provide the training.

Information for registered training organisations about User Choice is available.

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive subsidised training under the User Choice program you must:

  • be employed in an approved apprenticeship or traineeship
  • have entered a training contract for a qualification funded by the government
  • have selected a training provider that is a pre-qualified supplier (a government-approved training provider).

What training is available?

Over 350 different apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications are eligible for User Choice funding.

The Queensland Skills Gateway has more information about qualifications. The course search results will provide details of whether a qualification is funded under User Choice or not.

Read about apprenticeships and traineeships.

What organisations provide the funded training?

User Choice approved registered training organisations are listed on the Queensland Skills Gateway and come up in the training provider search as ‘Funded’.

How much will I need to pay?

The government pays part of your training costs directly to your chosen training provider.

The amount may be between 50% and 100% of your course costs depending on the priority of the qualification and your eligibility for Fee-free Year 12 subsidised training.

You pay the remaining training costs (a co-contribution fee) to your registered training organisation. Fees may vary between providers so it pays to shop around.

The fee may be paid on your behalf by a third party such as your employer or your parents, but it cannot be paid by your training provider.

If you are a school-based apprentice or trainee, or eligible for Fee-free Year 12 subsidised training, you do not have to pay the co-contribution fee.

Contact your chosen training provider to find out what training costs you will need to pay.

How do I get started?

To access training under the User Choice program you need to be an apprentice or trainee in an eligible qualification. Read more on getting started as an apprentice or trainee.

The Queensland Skills Gateway has information about the eligible apprenticeships and traineeship qualifications. The course search results will provide details of whether it is funded under User Choice or not.

You can receive no more than 2 government funding contributions under User Choice, so be careful that the qualification you choose best matches your needs.

More information

Visit the Department of Education and Training's Training website.

Contact us

For training information phone 1300 369 935 or email training@det.qld.gov.au.

For apprenticeships and traineeships information phone 1800 210 210 or email apprenticeshipsinfo@qld.gov.au.

Related links

What is an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Apprenticeships and traineeships provide a combination of employment and structured training. If you are an apprentice or trainee you will be earning while you are learning.

Queensland Skills Gateway

The Queensland Skills Gateway has information on qualifications, courses and registered training organisations, including government funded apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning may help you reduce the time it takes to get your qualification.

Still at school?

Find out how to start a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.

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23 May 2017
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