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Certificate 3 Guarantee

Certificate 3 Guarantee

What is the Certificate 3 Guarantee?

The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III qualification. It also supports school students to access training and Queensland's Year 12 graduates to transition to employment by providing fee-free training in high priority qualifications.

ACCCO is a pre-qualified supplier approved by the Queensland Government to deliver publicly funded training and assessment. Please read the Department of Education and Training Student Fact sheet here.

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

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee a participant must:

  • Aged 15 years or older
  • No longer at school
  • Not hold or be undertaking a Certificate level III or higher qualification*
  • Be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland

*Students who hold a certificate III, higher level qualification or bachelor degree awarded by a tertiary college or university in Australia are NOT eligible to access the Certificate 3 Guarantee as these qualifications form part of, and are nationally recognised within, the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). (Note: certificate III qualifications completed at secondary school are not counted).

Students who hold a Certificate level I to Advanced Diploma qualification issued prior to the introduction of the Australian Qualifications Framework in 1995 are eligible to access the Certificate 3 Guarantee.

For further information please refer to the Department of Education and Training website:

Cost to the Participant

If a person is eligible for funding under Certificate 3 Guarantee, the Queensland Government will subsidise the costs of their accredited training, although a student contribution fee will be required.

Qualification Name
Course Code
Number of Units
Nominal Hours
Contribution Fee

Concession Fee

Certificate II in Community Services
$30 per unit of competency
$15 per unit of competency
Certificate III in Early  Childhood Education & Care
$30 per unit of competency
$15 per unit of  competency
Certificate III In Education Support
$30 per unit of competency
$15 per unit of competency

Please note:

  • Course fees include all resources and materials.
  • FEE FREE training for year 12 graduates, for more information click here.
  • Pricing is the same for both classroom delivery and external study. Class timetables subject to numbers.
  • Students who do not meet the eligibility criteria for Certificate 3 Guarantee Funding, fees will be calculated at the Fee-For-Service rates > Click Here <

Am I eligible for Concession?

The following students are entitled to the concession rate on course fees if:

  • the student holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card and is named on the card
  • the student is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • the student has a disability
  • the student is an adult prisoner.

Please note: Proof of eligibility for concession must be demonstrated prior to the commencement of training. If the concession is valid for the full enrolment period, then all eligible units commenced within that period attract the concession rate. If the concession is valid for part of the enrolment period, then only eligible units commenced prior to the expiry of the concession attract the concession rate.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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

Credit Transfer

Credit transfer (sometimes known as advanced standing) is awarded when a student has completed the units required for a qualification at another Registered Training Organisation. This may reduce the amount of time it will take you to gain a qualification, and reduce the overall cost. ACCCO provides credit transfer free of chargeRead 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

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

Important information

Once you complete a qualification through this program you will no longer be eligible for further subsidised training under this program.

Please note that pricing and course availability is subject to change without notice. For more information on this program you can download the Queensland Government Certificate 3 Guarantee fact sheet here.

How to Apply

Once you have made the decision to apply for a qualification you will need to download an enrolment pack and complete a Literacy, Numeracy and Language Indicator (LLN).  Please submit your application to Alternatively you can post or visit us.

Certificate II & III Enrolment Pack

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

  • Colour copy of Passport or Driver’s Licence. (Proof of ID+ residency)
     - QLD Drivers Licence front and back.                                                                                                                           - 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 and Certificate 3 Guarantee Flyer

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