Certificate 3 Guarantee

What is Certificate 3 Guarantee?

Certificate 3 Guarantee provides Queensland Government’s subsidy towards the training cost for eligible students undertaking a qualification on the Queensland Training Subsidies List*.

The principal aim of the Certificate 3 Guarantee is to assist working-age Queenslanders without a certificate III or higher level qualification to complete a nationally recognised certificate III level qualification that leads to:

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

The Queensland Government’s Department of Education, Training and Employment administers the Certificate 3 Guarantee.


Who is eligible to receive training?

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

  • be aged 15 years or above, and no longer at school (with the exception of VET in School (VETiS) students — see the VETiS fact sheet for more information)
  • permanently reside in Queensland
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes 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 III or higher level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training.


Co-contribution fee?

A co-contribution fee towards the cost of training and assessment services must be made by students undertaking a certificate III level qualification.

The co-contribution fee is:

  • Concession Card Holders  = $72
  • Non-Concession = $108


Concessional student status applies when:

a)     the student holds a Health Care concession card or Pensioner concession card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a health care concession card or pensioner concession card, and is named on the card

b)     the student provides the training organisation with an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that

c)     the student, his or her partner, or the person of whom the student is a dependant, is entitled to concessions under a health care or pensioner concession card

d)     the student is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

e)     the student is a school student and is enrolled in a VETiS program (may include youth in detention)

f)       the student has a disability

g)     the student is an adult prisoner.


Exceptions to co-contribution fee arrangements are:
  • Competencies assigned code ‘60’ or ‘65’ AVETMISS or department Outcome identifiers.
  • Queensland Year 12 graduates who enrol and commence training within 12 months of completing Year 12 (that is, by the end of the calendar year following completion of Year 12).
  • VETiS students – this training is provided fee-free to students and additional costs are met by the school.
  • Foundation skills — this training can be provided fee-free to students if determined by AICT Learning.
  • Lower-level qualifications for concessional students – this training can be provided fee-free to students if determined by AICT Learning.
  • Student cohorts exempt from paying fees as specified in the Certificate 3 Guarantee program policy or guidelines.
  • Community Learning funding – this training is provided fee-free to students and any additional costs will be paid by Community Learning funds. AICT Learning must report to the department the fees paid under the funding initiative.


Important Information
  • Prospective students will no longer be eligible for a government subsidised training place under the Certificate 3 Guarantee once they complete a certificate III level qualification.
  • All students are required to complete a student employment survey within three months of completing or discontinuing the qualification.
  • Further details can be obtained from Certificate 3 Guarantee student fact sheet, click here.
  • Refund policy can be found in the Student Handbook which can be downloaded on our website.


*The Queensland Training Subsidies list can be accessed via the following link:http://www.skillsgateway.training.qld.gov.au/content/user/subsidy/SUBSIDIES-LIST.pdf