The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides eligible individuals with access to a subsidised training place in an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) certificate III level qualification with a pre-approved registered training organisation (RTO) of their choice — otherwise known as a Skills Assure Supplier.

The government’s aim is to assist working-age Queenslanders without a post-school certificate III or higher-level qualification to complete a nationally recognised certificate III qualification that leads to:

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

Under the Certificate 3 Guarantee, foundation skills training (i.e. language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) training) and lower-level vocational qualifications are also subsidised in certain limited circumstances, based on an individual’s learning, skilling or support needs, to achieve employment outcomes for students.

Are you Eligible?

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

  • be a Queensland resident
  • be aged 15 years or over, and no longer at school (with the exception of VET in Schools students)
  • be an 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.
  • not hold, or be enrolled in, a certificate III level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundations skills training

For more information about Certificate 3 Guarantee, you will be able to access a copy of the Certificate 3 Guarantee – Student fact sheet, by clicking on this link.

Certificate 3 Guarantee – Co-Contribution Fees

The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III qualification. Students are required to contribute to the cost of training through payment of a co-contribution fee.  The co-contribution fee is the amount payable for the qualification by an eligible student. 

Qualification CodeQualification DescriptionConcession amount per qualificationNon-Concession amount per qualification
TLI37122Certificate III in Rail Infrastructure$85$100

For more information about the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training Skills Assure program visit: Skills Assure | Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (