Certificate 3 Guarantee

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The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides Queenslanders with access to government subsidised training. Career Employment Australia Ltd. is a Pre qualified Supplier to deliver Certificate 3 Guarantee Qualifications.

What does this mean?

The Certificate 3 Guarantee gives eligible Queenslanders access to a government subsidised training place, up to and including their first post-school certificate level III qualification in priority training areas. The Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidy for a course is paid to the training provider to reduce the cost of the Certificate III course to the student.

The amount of subsidy provided by the Certificate 3 Guarantee provider for various qualifications will depend on the demand for skilled workers in a particular industry and the needs of the student.

To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee a student 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);
  • 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; and
  • not hold, or be enrolled in, a certificate III or higher level qualification, not including completed at school and foundation skills training.

Note: Eligible individuals must understand that the entitlement under the Certificate 3 Guarantee is for one Government subsidised training place in a funded Certificate III qualification. It is very important that you take the time to decide which qualification would provide you with the best career pathway and compare your training options, providers and costs, before signing an enrolment form or committing to a course of study which will use up your entitlement.


Student Contributions for CEA Certificate 3 Guarantee Qualifications

The Certificate 3 Guarantee Program supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school Certificate III level qualification and increase their skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance their career. Under the program, Career Employment Australia Inc. (CEA) is required to charge a student a contribution fee for each qualification and these student contributions are outlined below.

Prior to the enrolment process, a Career Employment Australia Ltd. representative will conduct an information session during which you will be advised of the contribution fees and provided with a copy of the CEA Student Handbook (policies, refunds, RPL, complaints, appeals, behaviour etc.). Applicants will also undertake a foundation skills assessment and a discussion regarding barriers and individual circumstances that could negatively impact on their chances of successfully completing the desired qualification. Depending on these factors CEA may suggest a training pathway which includes commencing a lower level qualification.

Where applicants’ foundation skills are not currently at a level for entry to the desired Certificate 3 Guarantee program, CEA may also recommend that applicants undertake foundation skills training or be referred to another suitably funded program, where possible. CEA generally delivers training through face to face classroom methods to ensure extra support can be provided to learners who may be experiencing difficulties.

You will also, in consultation with the CEA representative, develop a training plan that includes your contribution fees at the unit level, delivery modes and assessment methodologies and proposed timeframes for the training. There is a student co-contribution fee for the Certificate 3 Guarantee qualification, which is payable at the commencement of the course.

The table below provides an outline of contribution fees for concessional and non-concessional students, students that are still at school and students that have completed year 12 in the preceding twelve months. Students studying a Certificate III and non-concessional students in lower level training will also need to contribute to the costs of training

VET in Schools (VETiS) students will choose from a range of subsidised qualifications primarily at certificate levels I and II. For more information on the qualifications that can be delivered to VETiS students through the Certificate 3 Guarantee, see the list of subsidised VETiS qualifications at www.training.qld.gov.au/vetis.

Entitlement to concession

Concessional rates apply for those students that:

  • hold a Health Care Card (HCC) or Pensioner Concession Card (PCC)  issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a HCC or PCC, and is named on the card
  • provide CEA 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 as specified
  • identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • is a school student and is enrolled in a VETiS program (may include youth in detention)
  • have a disability
  • is an adult prisoner


Qualification           Co-Contribution            Non-Concessional # Co-Contribution
Concessional #
which may apply
BSB30115 Certificate III in Business $60.00 ($5 per unit) $24.00 ($2 per unit)
BSB30315 Certificate III in Micro Business $50.00 ($5 per unit) $20.00 ($2 per unit)
BSB40415 Certificate IV in Small Business Management

(Student must be owner, manager or employee of a small business in Queensland)
$50.00 ($5 per unit) $20.00 ($2 per unit)
CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services $24.00 ($2 per unit) $12.00 ($1 per unit)
Police check approx $60
Polo shirts, black or navy pants, closed in shoes to meet WHS requirements ($100 guide)
CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support $26.00 ($2 per unit) $13.00 ($1 per unit)
Police check approx $60
Polo shirts, black or navy pants, closed in shoes to meet WHS requirements ($100 guide)
CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services

Student must be an existing worker in the Community Services Industry
$30.00 ($2 per unit) $15.00 ($1 per unit)
AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture $75.00 ($5 per unit) $30.00 ($2 per unit)
AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture $80.00 ($5 per unit) $32.00 ($2 per unit)
SIR30216 Certificate III in Retail Operations $70.00 ($5 per unit) $28.00 ($2 per unit)