Funding in Queensland (QLD)

There are three (3) options for funded training in Queensland. The Certificate III Guarantee, Higher Level Skills program and User choice.

Queensland Certificate 3 Guarantee Funding

The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III level qualification. This funding is available to help people increase their skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance their career.

This Queensland funding program also supports school students and local year twelve (12) graduates to transition to employment by providing fee-free training in high priority qualifications.


Eligibility for Certificate 3 Guarantee funding:

funding Queensland (QLD)

  • Queensland resident aged fifteen (15) years or over who are no longer at school (with the exception of VET in Schools students)
  • Participants must be Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency
  • Prospective students must not have or be enrolled in a certificate III level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school or foundation skills training)


Courses funded under the Queensland Certificate 3 Guarantee


Higher Level Skills Funding

The Higher Level Skills program provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to access subsided training in selected Certificate lV or above qualifications and priority skill sets.
JB Hunter is approved to deliver the open cabler skill set under the higher level skills funding.

* ICTSS00062 ACMA – Open Cabler Registration Skill Set

It is important to note that you will no longer be eligible for a government subsidised training place under a program once you have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification.


Who Is Eligible To Receive Training?

To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be fifteen (15) years or over
  • No longer at school
  • Permanently reside in Qld
  • Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen
  • Not hold and not be enrolled in a Certificate lV or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training and Be an existing worker in the Telecommunications industry

For more information about eligibility from the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training


Student Contribution Fees are a student’s contribution to the cost of their own training. Student Contribution Fees are charged in accordance with the Higher Level Skills program Policy 2018 – 2019.

Non-concessional Student Contribution Fee

Calculated at $8 per unit of competency.

Total Non-concessional Student Contribution fee for ICTSS00062  – ACMA Open Cabler Registration Skill Set is $48

Concessional Student Contribution Fee
Calculated at $4 per unit of competency.

Total Concessional Student Contribution fee for ICTSS00062 – ACMA Open Cabler Registration Skill Set is $24

Download our student information Sheet.


Queensland User Choice funding

The User Choice program subsidises training and assessment for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees. The program provides the flexibility for apprentices, trainees and their employers to select a preferred registered training organisation (RTO) from a list of pre-qualified suppliers (PQS) for the delivery of accredited training to meet their specific needs.


Eligibility for User Choice funding:

  • An apprentice or trainee must have entered into a training contract for a qualification that is funded by the department and be registered in DELTA
  • The contract commencement date or recommencement date must be on or after 1 July 2010
  • The training provider selected to deliver the training must hold a pre-qualified supplier (PQS) status for the nominated qualification


Courses funded under User Choice?

The funding priorities under the User Choice 2017–20 program are:
  1. Priority One (100% subsidised) qualifications for occupations deemed to be critical priorities in Queensland
  2. Priority Two (87.5% subsidised) qualifications for occupations considered as high priorities
  3. Priority Three (75% subsidised) qualifications for occupations considered as medium priorities


Fee-free Training for year 12 graduates

Fee-free training applies to high priority qualifications available under the Queensland Government’s Certificate 3 Guarantee program or User Choice program, which funds training and assessment services for apprenticeships and traineeships.


Eligibility for Fee-free Year 12 training:

To be eligible to access fee-free training, individuals must:

  • Have completed year twelve (12) in Queensland and hold a Senior Statement, or equivalent certification
  • Enrol and start an apprenticeship, traineeship or training with an approved training provider in a high priority qualification by the thirty first (31) of  December the year after graduating 
  • Permanently reside in Queensland

Qualification Group Year 12 Fee Free Max. Payable Competencies Priority Price for Priority Population Groups Price for all other students including SATs
ICT20315 - Certificate II in Telecommunications Technology Traineeship 15 2 $3,500 $3,063
ICT30515 - Certificate III in Telecommunications Technology Traineeship 16 1 $6,330 $6,330
ICT30415 - Certificate III in Telecommunications Network Build and Operate Traineeship 14 1 $5,410 $5,410

LocationsOur training locations in Queensland include:

    • Brisbane (Brendale) Venue
    • Other regional areas by request including: Boondall, Cairns, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Kingaroy, Mackay, Manunda, Marybourough, Mt Isa, Nambour, Nerang, Rockhampton, Townsville, Yatala, Wacol and Warwick