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Higher Level Skills

What is the Higher Level Skills Program?

The Higher Level Skills program provides a government subsidy in selected certificate IV or above qualifications and priority skill sets to help individuals gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry.

The Program is for any Queensland resident who does not already hold, or is not already enrolled in, a post-school Australian certificate IV or higher level qualification this includes any equivalent certificate IV or higher - level qualification irrespective of whether the qualification is through a university degree, apprenticeship or traineeship pathway. (Note: not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training.)

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?

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care

CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills Program a participant must be:

  • Queensland resident
  • Aged 15 years or over
  • No longer at school
  • Not hold or be undertaking a Certificate level IV or higher qualification,  not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training*
  • 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 be aware that the students enrolling into the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management, must be an existing worker in the Community Services and Health industry and may already hold a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification prior to enrolment. However, to be eligible, the previous qualification must not have been funded through the Higher Level Skills Program. 

(Effective for new students enrolled from 1st July 2018).

Cost to the Participant

If a person is eligible for funding under the Higher Level Skills program, 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 are as follows:

Qualification Name
Number of Units
Nominal Hours
Non-concessional  Fee

Concessional Fee

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
$1260 $630
CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care

$1000 $500
CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

$510 $255
CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management* 13
$520 $260

**Co-Contribution Fees at 1st June 2021 are as follows:

Qualification Name
Number of Units
Nominal Hours
Non-concessional Fee
Concessional Fee
**CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 28 2088 $56 $28
CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care 25 1783 $1000 $500
CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support 17 753 $510 $255
CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management

$520 $260

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.
  • The co-contribution fee may be paid on behalf of the student by the employer or another third party.
  • Students who do not meet the eligibility criteria for Higher Level Skills Funding, fees will be calculated at the Fee-For-Service rates > Click Here <

**Fees effective from 1st June 2021 and only for new ACCCO students.
The total Co-Contribution fees for CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care needs 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 below at the time of their enrolment are entitled to the concessional co-contribution fees of the course::

  • the student is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • 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 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

Payment Options

Upfront Payment

Students can choose to pay up to $1500 of their student contribution fees upfront at enrolment. Further payments of up to $1500 can be made at later stages of a student's enrolment. ACCCO accepts the following payment methods:

  • Credit Card
  • Bank Transfer
  • Cheque

Payment Plan

Students can choose to enter into a payment plan arrangement to pay off their student contribution fees in smaller amounts over a period of time.

Students entering into an ACCCO payment plan have the option of fortnightly or monthly payments. Students with contributions fees of over $1500 can also request a weekly payment plan.

Payment plans require an initial upfront payment towards their student contribution fees to set up the plan, and then each payment period a recurring payment amount is direct debited from the student's nominated account.

Students are given recurring payment amount options when setting up their plan.

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

Pay As You Go

Students that are not receiving any funding for their course can choose to pay as they go. This is where a student will pay the fees for each unit of competency prior to commencing it.

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 Higher Level Skills 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 through out 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.

Any Questions?

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