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Certificate 3 Guarantee

Certificate 3 Guarantee

What is the Certificate 3 Guarantee Program?

The Certificate 3 Guarantee aims to help Queenslanders without a post-school qualification to gain one. The Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidises your vocational education and training (VET) course fees to help you complete your first post-school certificate III level qualification and increase your skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance your career. It also supports school students to access  to transition to employment by providing free training in high priority qualifications.

The Certificate 3 Guarantee means that instead of paying for the full cost of a training course, you will pay a reduced amount to make the training more affordable and accessible. For further information please refer to the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training website here.

For more information about this program please visit:

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
  • Be a Queensland resident
  • No longer at school (with the exception of VET in Schools students)
  • Not hold or be undertaking a Certificate level III or higher qualification*
  • 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.

Please note you will no longer be eligible for subsidised training under Certificate 3 Guarantee once you have completed a certificate level III qualification.

*Students who hold a certificate III, higher level qualification or bachelor's 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 and to check your eligibility 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 Co-contribution fee will be required. The fee may be paid on your behalf by an employer or a third party but cannot be paid by the training provider.

Co-Contribution fees listed below are effective from 1st September 2021

Qualification Name
Number of Units
Nominal Hours
Non-concessional Fee
Concessional  Fee

CHC22015 Certificate II in Community Services (VETiS students only) 9 388 $0 $0
CHC22015 Certificate II in Community Services (Disadvantaged learners only) 9
$18 $9
CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
848 $36 $18
CHC30213 Certificate III In Education Support

$34 $17

Please note:

  • Course fees include all resources and materials.
  • 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 <
  • For more information regarding disadvantaged learners please refer to the following link: Disadvantaged learners Fact Sheet (PDF)

The total Co-Contribution fees to be paid upfront, these fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Am I eligible for Concessional Co-contribution fee?

Students who meet any of the following requirements at the time of their enrolment may be eligible to for a concessional co-contribution course fee rather than the non-concessional course fee:

  • 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.

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

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

1. Choose Your Course

Once you have made the decision to apply for a qualification you will need to complete an enrolment form and a Literacy, Language and Numeracy indicator (LLN).

Check you meet:

  • Minimum Age Requirement
  • English Language & Academic Requirements
  • Appropriate Visa Requirements

2. Prepare Your Application

Complete the online enrolment form, and upload details of:

  • 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 card; 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.

3. Process of Your Application

Your enrolment will be assessed on the information you have provided. Upon receiving all paperwork and supporting evidence a formal assessment of your eligibility for government funding and suitability for the qualification is conducted. You will be notified by an enrolments officer on the status of this application once your eligibility has been assessed.

Please note that we are unable to finalise your enrolment until all required information and supporting evidence has been provided. 

4. Letter of Offer

ACCCO assesses the enrolment application. When deemed a successful enrolment application, the student will be issued a Letter of Offer to study with ACCCO. Student reads and accepts the conditions outlined in the Letter of Offer. Student fees are finalised – payment established.

5. Confirm Your Enrolment

If your enrolment application is accepted, you will receive a welcome email with a Confirmation of Enrolment attached, confirming acceptance into the qualification. It is important to check your junk or spam folder as this email can end up here sometimes. If not received, please contact our enrolments team on 1300 139 406 during business hours. Your Trainer Assessor will contact you to undertake an induction and commence the learning program.

Please note that while ACCCO makes every opportunity to support each student throughout the duration of study to achieve their qualification, successful completion of the qualification and employment outcomes are the responsibility of the student.

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.

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