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User Choice apprenticeship and traineeship funding

What is the User Choice Program?

Traineeships and Apprenticeships offer the ability to ‘learn and earn’ from day one. The User Choice program provides public funding for the delivery of accredited, entry level training to apprentices and trainees. The program aims to provide funding aligned to the skills needs of industry and respond to changing government priorities.

ACCCO is a pre-qualified supplier approved by the Queensland Government to deliver publicly funded training and assessment. For more information on this program please refer to the Department of Education and Training website here.

How does the program work?

The program provides the flexibility for apprentices, trainees and their employers to select a preferred registered training organisation (RTO) from a list of pre-qualified suppliers for the delivery of nationally recognised, accredited training to meet their specific needs. The program works in conjunction with the Commonwealth Australian Apprenticeships System, under which apprentices and trainees (also known in some jurisdictions as "Australian Apprentices") enter into legally binding training contracts with their employers and receive structured training to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

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?

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Eligibility Criteria

Prospective students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport, have unrestricted rights to employment in Australia.
  • Workplace address is in Queensland (An apprentice or trainee can have an interstate residential and/or postal address and still be registered with the department, if the physical workplace address is in Queensland and the apprentice or trainee works at that address.)
  • Age requirements 17yrs or older. (If the Apprentice or trainee is under 18 years of age at the date of signing the training contract, the signed consent of a parent or guardian is required.)

New or Existing workers eligible to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship:

  • Full-time apprentices and trainees work and train full-time, usually from 36 to 38 hours a week.
  • Part-time apprentices and trainees work and train no less than 15 hours per week, averaged over a four week cycle.

School Based Trainees (SAT):
Years 10, 11 and 12, are trained in the workplace while continuing to study in the School.

A School Based Trainee (SAT) must:

  • Be at least 15 years of age;
  • Must be enrolled at a secondary school in years 10, 11 or 12
  • SAT must enter a training agreement with an employer. The school and the family must support this.
  • It is expected that the employer will provide 7.5 hours per week of paid employment, which may be averaged over a three - month period.
  • Periods of paid employment must never fall below the minimum of 375 hours (50 days) per 12 month period from the commencement of the school-based training contract.

Cost to the Participant

The majority of the course fees are contributed by the Department of Education and Training (DET) except for the Student Contribution Fee. The student contribution fee, may be paid on behalf of the student by their employer or another third party, but cannot be paid or waived by ACCCO.

The government contribution will be detailed in the apprentice or trainee’s Letter of Registration from the department, and is subject to student eligibility and their selection of an eligible PQS as their SRTO. Payment of funding is subject to the conditions set out in the VET Pre-qualified Supplier Agreement.

Workplace-based delivery  

Qualification Name
Number of Units
Nominal Hours
Student Contribution Fee
Partial Exemption 40% (concession) SAT - School based apprentices/trainees
  (Full exemption) 
Fee-free Year 12 Graduates
CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
848 $1,356.80
$1.60 per nominal hour
$0.64 per
nominal hour
$0.00 $0.00
CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
$1.60 per nominal hour
$0.64 per
nominal hour
CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support
$1.60 per
nominal hour
$0.64 per
nominal hour
$0.00 N/A

Please note:

  • Course fees include all resources and materials.
  • ABSA’s are exempt from paying student fees for the Certificate III in Early Childhood qualification and Certificate III in Education Support under the User Choice program while they are still at school.
  • Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood qualifications are FEE FREE for year 12 graduates, for more information > Click Here <
  • Students who do not meet the eligibility criteria for User Choice 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:

  • The participant was or will be under 17 years of age at the end of February in the year in which the PQS provides training, and the participant is not at school and has not completed year 12.
  • The participant holds a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, and is named on the card.
  • The participant issues the PQS with an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the participant, his or her partner or the person of whom the participant is a dependant, is entitled to concessions under a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.
  • The participant is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. Acceptable evidence is as stated on the Training Contract and AVETMISS VET Enrolment Form.

Fee Waiver (extreme financial hardship)

  • Where payment of the student contribution fee would cause extreme financial hardship, then the PQS may waive these fees.
  • The fee waiver process should be in place at the time of the participant’s enrolment.
  • Where the Queensland Government, as represented by the departmental officer responsible for the User Choice budget, advises in writing that fees are optional.
  • The PQS must apply full exemption from the student contribution fee where the participant falls into one or more of the following exemption categories:
  • Where credit transfer/national recognition has been applied to a unit of competency/module
  • Where the participant is a school-based apprentice or trainee is undertaking a qualification as part of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work’s Work Skills Traineeship program.
  • Fee-free for year 12 graduates who commence an apprenticeship/traineeship within 12 months of completing Year 12 (that is, by the end of the calendar year following completion of Year 12.)

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 Plans

An upfront payment is required followed by your choice of fortnightly or monthly payments. We have the following payment schemes available to help you pay your student contribution fee:

No payment plans available for qualifications less than $200.00 (full upfront payment is required)


Contribution Fee
Upfront Payment Amount Fortnightly Payment Amount
$443.52 $53.52 $26.00 x 15 payments
$625.92 $81.92 $34.00 x 16 payments
$1,108.80 $139.80 $57.00 x 17 payments
$1,336.32 $96.32 $40.00 x 31 payments
$1,564.80 $184.80 $60.00 x 23 payments
$3,340.80 $260.80 $140.00 x 22 payments


Contribution Fee
Upfront Payment Amount Monthly Payment Amount
$443.52 $58.52 $55.00 x 7 payments
$625.92 $70.92 $111.00 x 5 payments
$1,108.80 $132.80 $112.00 x 8 payments
$1,336.32 $106.32 $82.00 x 15 payments
$1,564.80 $184.80 $138.00 x 10 payments
$3,340.80 $260.80 $280.00 x 11 payments

Please note: 

Final payment may vary depending on your chosen payment method and if you have any credit transfers. Please contact our enrolments team on 1300 139 406 to discuss payment options applicable to you.

Important information

An apprentice or trainee can only receive one government contribution for a User Choice funded qualification at any single point in time. Once you complete a maximum of two government contributions for a User Choice funded qualification you will no longer be eligible for further subsidised training under the User Choice 2017–20 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 User Choice policy here.

How to Apply

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

This can be done through a 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?

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