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Smart And Skilled Traineeships & Apprenticeships

What is Smart and Skilled Entitlement Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program?

New South Wales apprentices and New South Wales new-entrant trainees undertaking traineeships on the NSW Skills List are eligible to a government subsidy under this program for the qualification that supports their apprenticeship or traineeship. 

Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:

  • an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III
  • government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.


Training Services NSW
in the NSW Department of Industry, is responsible for Smart and Skilled and leads policy, planning, funding, regulation and advice on VET and employment in NSW.

ACCCO is a pre-qualified supplier approved by Training Services NSW to deliver publicly funded Apprenticeship and Traineeship training and assessment.

What can I study with ACCCO?

CHC22015 Certificate II in Community Services

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care

CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to receive funding under Smart and Skilled a participant must:

  • 15 years old or over
  • no longer at school
  • living or working in NSW
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen

Previous qualifications do not affect eligibility, but may affect the student fee.

Please Note: Existing Workers in NSW are NOT eligible for Smart&Skilled funding - The Price will be the same as Fee-For-Service. For more information, view Smart and Skilled apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications.

Eligibility Criteria for School Based Apprentice

An Australian school based apprentice (ASBA) must:

  • Be a full time school student aged 15 years or older
  • Have the school’s agreement to undertake school based training
  • Find an employer willing to train in their workplace
  • Have the parent/guardian’s permission (if under the age of 18)
  • Cost to the Participant

    Apprentices, eligible new-entrant trainees and their employers can choose an approved Smart and Skilled training provider that best meets their needs. Their choice of training provider does not affect the fee that is paid. The fee they pay is the same regardless of which approved Smart and Skilled training provider they choose.

    Rather than paying yearly or by semester, apprentices and trainees under Smart and Skilled pay a fee for the qualification. They may still pay in instalments over a number of years, but the fee is an amount for the qualification, fixed at the time the apprentice or trainee commences.

    External Study 

    Qualification Name
    Course Code
    Number of Units
    Nominal Hours
    Student Contribution Fee
    Concession
    Certificate II in Community Services
    CHC22015 9
    388
    $820
    $160
    Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
    CHC30113
    18
    978
    $1,000
    $240
    Certificate III in Education Support
    CHC30213
    17
    693
    $1,000
    $240
    Certificate IV in Education Support
    CHC40213
    17
    763
    $1,000
    $240
    Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care
    CHC40113
    19
    1013
    $1,000
    $240
    Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
    CHC50113
    28
    2088
    $1,000
    N/A
    Diploma of School Age Education and Care
    CHC50213
    25 1783
    $1,000
    N/A


    Please note: Students who do not meet the eligibility criteria for Smart and Skilled Funding, fees will be calculated at the Fee-For-Service rates > Click Here <

    Am I eligible for Concession?

    For students who are eligible for a Concession Fee the flat fee set for each Qualification level is $160 for the Cert II and $240 for the Cert III and IV, there are no concessions for the Diploma and Advanced Diploma. A student who receives a specified Commonwealth benefit or allowance or a student who is a dependant of a person receiving a specified Commonwealth benefit or allowance. Eligibility criteria applies, please contact ACCCO for further information.

    Fee Exemption

    For students who are eligible for a Fee Exemption, the amount of the Fee is $0. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (incl. interstate NSW border areas), Student with disability, Long term Unemployed, Fee-Free Scholarships, Student living in “NSW Social Housing”. Eligibility criteria applies, please contact ACCCO for further information.

    Fee-free Scholarships

    The NSW Government's Reskilling NSW initiative includes the creation of Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships.  Fee-Free Scholarships cover the course fee for eligible people who are undertaking a Smart and Skilled course up to Certificate IV level.

    Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships are available for:

    • young people who are eligible for a Smart and Skilled concession fee
    • young people who are or have been in out-of-home care
    • people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence and their dependants.

    For more information, go to fee-free scholarships.

    Credit Transfer/RPL

    Where an eligible student is granted a credit transfer or recognition of prior learning (RPL) for one or more units of competency, the qualification price will be adjusted and a new student fee determined.

    RPL is an assessment only process for experienced workers who are seeking formal recognition of their existing skills and knowledge. Read more

    Payment Options

    We have the following payment schemes available to help you pay for your qualification:

    • Less than $200: no payment plans available (full upfront payment is required)
    • $200 to $600: $50/month
    • $600 to $1600: $100/month

    Please contact our enrolments team on 1300 139 406 to discuss payment options applicable to you.

    How to Apply

    Once you have made the decision to apply for a qualification you will need to download a Trainee/Apprentice Sign Up Request Form and complete a Literacy, Numeracy and Language Indicator (LLN).

    Please submit your application to apprenticeships@accco.com.au Alternatively you can post or visit us.

    You will need to attach the following documents with your application:

    • Colour copy of Passport or Driver’s Licence. (Proof of ID+ residency)
      - If passport provided please provide a copy of a bank statement or utility bill issued within the last 6 months showing your current residential address.

    • Colour copy of either: current green Medicare care; Birth Certificate; current Australian passport; current New Zealand passport; or Australian citizenship certificate. (Proof of citizenship)
    • Colour copy of Certificates and Statement Results for any previously attained or partially completed    qualifications completed in or recognised in Australia.
    • Colour copy of any concession cards if held.

    Before you submit your application it is important that you provide all the above required documents. Without these we are unable to process your application.


    For more information please refer to our Enrolment Fact Sheet or Smart and Skilled Traineeship Flyer and School-based Trainesships & Apprenticeships Flyer

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