Fee-free training - TAFE Queensland Gold Coast

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Fee-free training

To be eligible for fee-free training, Year 12 graduates need to commence training in a high priority qualification with a pre-approved training provider within the calendar year following the completion of Year 12. Fee-free Training under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program is funded by the Queensland Government

Courses on offer for eligible applicants 

Course Code Course 


Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Certificate III in Community Services
Certificate III in Education Support
Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Home Care)
Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
Certificate III in Hospitality - Restaurant & Cafe Culture
Certificate III in Hospitality - International Service Program
Certificate III in Horticulture
Certificate III in Landscape Construction

For further information or to apply for fee-free training please contact the TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Customer Service team on 5581 8300.

Am I eligible?

Fee-free training will apply to high priority qualifications available under the Queensland Government's Certificate 3 Guarantee program or User Choice program, which funds workplace-based apprenticeship and traineeship training.

To be eligible for a Certificate 3 Guarantee program, students must first meet the following requirements before they can access fee-free training;

  • not hold or be currently undertaking a certificate III or higher level qualification (this does not include Certificate III qualifications undertaken at secondary school)
  • be 15 years of age or older
  • have finished secondary school or are no longer at school
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland
  • must agree to complete an employment survey within three (3) months of completing or discontinuing subsidised training
  • not have previously completed the below Skill Sets under the Higher Level Skills subsidy:
Course Code Course 


Basic Open Cabler Registration Skill Set
Civil Works - Installation of Pit and Pipe and FDH Skill Set
National Broadband Network Advanced Linesworker/Installer  Skill Set
National Broadband Network Splicer Skill Set
Case management skill set
Chronic disease self management skill set
Management skill set - to promote and establish a mental health peer workforce
Medication assistance skill set
Chronic Condition Self-management for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait 
Mentoring and Supervision
Farm Business Management Skill Set
Service for International Visitors

In addition, to be eligible for fee-free training, students must meet the following requirements;

  • have completed Year 12 in Queensland and hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Studies Authority
  • enrol and start training with an approved training provider by the end of the calendar year following the completion of Year 12
  • be a Queensland resident

For further information please visit the Training Queensland website.