Skills Assure Supplier Funding (QLD)

Overview & Objectives

The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides eligible individuals with access to a subsidised training place in an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) certificate III level qualification with a pre-approved registered training organisation (RTO) of their choice — otherwise known as a Skills Assure Supplier.

The government’s aim is to assist working-age Queenslanders without a post-school certificate III or higher-level qualification to complete a nationally recognised certificate III qualification that leads to:

  • ​A job outcome for individuals trying to enter the labour market or their desired industry/career; or
  • Advancement in the workplace or career progression for individuals already employed in their preferred industry.


Under the Certificate 3 Guarantee, foundation skills training (i.e. language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) training) and lower-level vocational qualifications are also subsidised in certain limited circumstances, based on an individual’s learning, skilling or support needs, to achieve employment outcomes for students.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible to enrol in the Certificate 3 Guarantee, prospective students must:

  • Be aged 15 years or older;
  • Be no longer at school (with the exception of school students in Years 10, 11 and 12 undertaking a VET in School (VETiS) program – see the VETiS fact sheet for more information);
  • Permanently reside in Queensland;
  • Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen (for more information see Visa eligibility under VET investment programs);
  • Not hold, or not be enrolled in, a certificate III or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training.


For more information about Certificate 3 Guarantee, you will be able to access a copy of the Certificate 3 Guarantee – Student fact sheet by clicking here.

Co-Contribution Fees

A contribution to the cost of training and assessment services — called a co-contribution fee — must be made by students undertaking a certificate III level vocational qualification and non-concessional students undertaking certificate I and/or II level vocational qualifications.

The only exceptions to the fee condition are:

  • SQW participants – This training is provided fee-free to students with any additional costs met through SQW funding
  • Specific fee-free training programs as announced  by the Queensland Government
  • VETiS students – this training is provided fee-free to students with any additional costs met by the school
  • Foundation skills – this training can be provided fee-free to students as determined by the SAS
  • Lower-level vocational qualifications for concessional students – This training can be provided fee-free to students as determined by the SAS.


Certificate 3 Guarantee – Student Co-Contribution Fees

Qualification CodeQualification DescriptionConcession Amount per QualificationNon-Concessional Amount per Qualification
MSS30322Certificate III in Competitive Systems and Practices$1,681.00$2,073.00

Fees and Refund Policy

The Fees and Refund Policy applies to all Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses delivered by Efficiency Works.

The Fees and Refund Policy can be found here.

Webinar Registration: Finding efficiencies in your cost management process

A must see webinar for anyone managing a budget. Drive efficiencies through your budget and maximise the output of your financial resources. We are joined by the highly experienced and regarded Robert Bihar.

When: Wednesday 29 May 2024
Time: 12.00pm to 12:45pm
Where: Online