Higher level skills


The Higher Level Skills program supports the Queensland Government’s Working Queensland jobs plan.

The program provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to access one subsidised training place in selected certificate IV and above qualifications, or priority skill sets.

The aim is to assist individuals to gain the higher level skills required to secure employmentor career advancement in priority industries or to transition to university. Employers may also be able to access training to address workforce development needs.

Who is eligible for the Training?

To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills program, individuals must:

• be aged 15 years or over and no longer at school

• 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 IV or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training.

Specific restrictions may apply to participation in certain subsidised qualifications. Any additional eligibility requirements will be based on industry advice or requirements under the relevant national training package and will be detailed in the Queensland Training Subsidies List (http://www.training.qld.gov.au/subsidieslist).

In addition to the co-contribution fees, the following course(s) require a Blue Card prior to the mandatory vocational placements:

CHC50113 – Diploma of Early Childhood and Care


Who needs a blue card?

Volunteer and trainee students need a blue card if their work includes, or is likely to


  • working as a carer or staff member in a child care service, or
  • carrying out work other than child care at a child care service while child care is being provided,


  • providing child care in the course of a commercial service, other than a child care service unless an exemption applies.

The fee for applying for a Blue Card is $78.65

For more information about child care services please contact one of our qualified staff member click here.

What is co-contribution fee?

A contribution to the cost of training and assessment services — called a co-contribution fee — must be made by students undertaking a certificate IV level and above qualification or priority skill set. Given the increased benefits that students and industry accrue from higher-level training, there is an expectation of higher levels of co-contribution under the Higher Level Skills program. The fee may be paid on behalf of the student by a third party, but cannot be paid or waived by the PQS. The fee amount is a decision for the PQS.


CHC50113 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care – 28 units

  • Concession- $112- $4 per unit
  • Non-Concession- $168- $6 per unit

Which course is currently being approved by AICT Learning?

AICT Learning has been approved to deliver the following course(s) under Higher Level Skills:
CHC50113- Diploma of Early Childhood and Care

 Concessional student status applies when:

(a) the student holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card and is named on the card

(b) the student provides the PQS with an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that 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

(c) the student is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

(d) the student has a disability

(e) the student is an adult prisoner.


For concessional status, it is the responsibility of the PQS to verify at enrolment and hold evidence of a student’s eligibility. Loadings will also be paid to PQS to encourage delivery in country and remote areas in Queensland, and in Cape York and the Torres Strait. Locations attracting the loading, along with the corresponding loading amounts, can be found in the Localities and Location Loadings List.

Important Information
  • Prospective students will no longer be eligible for a government subsidised training place under the Higher level Skills once they complete a certificate IV level qualification or higher qualifcation.
  • 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 the Department’s Website.   Higher Level Skills Information
  • Refund policy can be found in the Student Handbook which can be downloaded from our website.