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Queensland Skills Assure Program Information

Full student costs
For a breakdown of the individual course costs for a Certificate iii qualification, click on your trade below:

Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a partial or even full exemption of this fee. For more information on exemptions please scroll down to the "Exemptions" section below, give us a call on 1300 579 808.

Fee Collection
Payment of the Student contribution fee must be paid before each Unit of Competency is made available to the apprentice/trainee. Payment can be made via Direct Deposit, Credit Card through Inscope Training's learning management system, or other mutually agreed to arrangements made between the apprentice/trainee and Inscope Training.

Apprentices and trainees can apply for a refund of fees paid to Inscope Training under a variety of circumstances. Here is a link to Inscope Training’s Refund Policy. Apprentices and trainees are encouraged to contact Inscope Training on 1800 579 808 to talk to one of our apprentice trainers who will be able to help you with your individual circumstances.


Full exemptions
Inscope Training will apply full exemption from the Student Contribution Fee where the student falls into one or more of the following exemption categories:

  • AVETMISS outcome 60 – Credit Transfer - where credit transfer/national recognition has been applied to a unit of competency/module.

  • AVETMISS outcome 65 - Superseded qualification - This relates to transitioning a student from a superseded qualification to the new qualification and a completed unit of competency is identified during the mapping process as being similar to but not equivalent the new Unit of Competency. In these circumstances gap training is required.

  • The student is a school-based apprentice or trainee.

Inscope Training may apply full exemption from the Student Contribution Fee where payment of the Student Contribution Fee may cause the student extreme hardship. Under these circumstances Inscope Training will seek advice from the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training prior to an exemption being granted.

Partial exemptions
Inscope Training will charge 40% of the Student Contribution Fee where the student falls into one or more of the following exemption categories:

  • The student was or will be under 17 years of age at the end of February in the year in which Inscope Training provides training, and the student is not at school and has not completed year 12.

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

  • The student has issued Inscope Training 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 Card or Pensioner Concession Card.

  • The student is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Acceptable evidence is as stated on the Training Contract and AVETMISS VET Enrolment Form

Free Apprenticeships for under 21s initiative
Under the Queensland government’s Free Apprenticeships for under 21s Initiative, apprentices and trainees will have access to fully subsidised training up to the age of 21.

The cost of training for these Queensland apprentices or trainees who commence or are undertaking a high priority apprenticeship or traineeship qualification from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2023 is paid by the Queensland government.

For further information on this initiative, contact the free Apprenticeships Hotline on 1800 210 210 or visit https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/providers/funded/freeapprenticeships.

Details of eligible qualifications under this initiative are at: https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/training-careers/incentives/free-apprenticeships

School Based Apprentices and Trainees (SATs)
A student who is a school-based apprentice is exempt from paying a Student Contribution Fee.

When a student converts from a school-based apprentice or trainee to a full-time or part-time apprenticeship or traineeship, Student Contribution Fees will be charged for training and assessment for any units of competency not yet commenced.

The exception to this is if the qualification is funded under the Free Apprenticeships for under 21s Initiative and if the student meets the age-related eligibility criteria.

Funding rules
The Queensland Government through the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training funds a variety of vocational education and training (VET) programs. Each program has its own funding arrangements and eligibility requirements.

Under the VET in schools (VETIS) program, the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training provides funding for school students to complete one approved VETiS qualification while at school.

When making a decision about completing an approved and funded VETiS qualification, it is important that you take the time to consider and compare your training options before signing an enrolment form or committing to a course of study which will use up your one-off Queensland Government subsidised VETiS training entitlement. Further information is available on the department’s website at: https://training.qld.gov.au/providers/funded/vetis

The Skills Assure program provides a government contribution towards the cost of training for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees. To be eligible for a government contribution towards the costs of training, an apprentice or trainee must have entered into a Training Contract for a qualification that is funded by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training and be registered in DELTA, the department’s apprenticeship and traineeship registration system.

The contract commencement date or re-commencement date must be on or after 1 July 2010, and the training provider selected to deliver the training must hold a pre-qualified supplier (PQS) status for the nominated qualification.

Inscope Training holds PQS status. Apprentices and trainees can only receive one (1) government contribution for a Skills Assure funded qualification at any single point in time. This means a student cannot be funded to undertake two (2) apprenticeships or traineeships at the same time.

In addition, apprentices and trainees including school-based apprentices and trainees (SATs) can only receive a maximum of two (2) government funding contributions under the current Skills Assure program.

There are other rules specifically related to funding for SATs, so students and their parents/guardians should discuss their intentions with their school's vocational education and training coordinator prior to signing up as a SAT. Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers are another good source of information. More information is available at: https://training.qld.gov.au/training/incentives/userchoice