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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.

Employers taking on an Apprentice or Trainee

For employers, Australian Apprentices can bring new and valuable resources and skills into a business.Traineeships allow you to develop qualified loyal staff that are familiar with your company, your work environment, your standards, your equipment and your customers. There are plenty of benefits to employers that include the following:

  • Qualified employees trained your way for your business
  • Government funding assistance for the training of eligible apprentices and trainees
  • Financial benefits for you including Commonwealth Government incentives
  • Greater customer satisfaction through
  • Greater customer satisfaction through well trained staff

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: Course fees include all resources and materials. 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

    Step 1.
    Find an employer willing to take you on as a Trainee or Apprentice.

    This can be done through a GTO, Job Services Australia, job sites on the internet, advertising in the newspaper, or contacting your local Apprenticeship Network Provider.

    Step 2.
    Trainee commences employment with employer.

    Step 3.
    Choose an Apprenticeship Network Provider that will complete a training contract, assist in the selection of an appropriate qualification for the business and nominate a RTO to deliver the training. The training contract may commence on the same day that employment commences or may commence at a later date.

    Step 4.
    Negotiate and sign a training plan with the approved RTO selected to provide the training for the Australian Apprentice.

    Step 5.
    Organise and continuously take part in the workplace component of the structured training for the Australian Apprentice through to completion of the qualification. This ensures assessment and validation of competence in the workplace.

    Any Questions?

    Our Apprenticeship Coordinators are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have. For more information please visit Traineeships & Apprenticeships or download a flyer. Smart and Skilled Flyer, School-based Traineeship Flyer.

    Contact us now and we'll get you started...
    Email: apprenticeships@accco.com.au 
    Phone:
    Free call 1300 139 406


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