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User Choice

User Choice (apprenticeship and traineeship funding)

The User Choice program provides public funding for the delivery of accredited, entry level training to apprentices and trainees.

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 you can download the Queensland Government User Choice policy 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.


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

To be eligible to receive a government contribution, the apprentice or trainee must:

  • have entered into a Training Contract for a qualification that is funded by the department
  • be registered on DELTA with a commencement date or recommencement date on or after 1 July 2010
  • select a training provider that holds PQS status for their nominated qualification.


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.

An Australian school based apprentice (ASBA) 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.
  • Must undertake minimum 375 hours (50 days) paid work per 12 month period.


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.

Qualification Name
Course Code
Number of Units
Nominal Hours
Student Contribution Fee
Partial Exemption 40% (concession)
ASBA
Year 12 Graduates
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
CHC30113
18
978
$1,564.80
$1.60 per nominal hour
$625.92
$0.64 per nominal hour
$0.00
Fee Waiver
$0.00
Fee Waiver
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
CHC50113
28
2088
$3,340.80
$1.60 per nominal hour
$5
$0.64 per nominal hour
 
N/A
$0.00
Fee Waiver
Certificate III in Education Support
CHC30213
17
693
$1,108.80
$1.60 per nominal hour
$443.52
$0.64 per nominal hour
$0.00
Fee Waiver
N/A

 

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 Early Childhood qualifications are FEE FREE for year 12 students graduating in 2017 under the ‘Year 12 Graduate Fee-Free’ Training Strategy.

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.

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.

How to Apply

Once you have made the decision to apply for a qualification you will need to download a Trainee/Apprentice Sign-Up Request Form. Please complete forms and submit to apprenticeships@accco.com.au

Download a User Choice flyer here.
Download a School-based Traineeship flyer here.

For more information on how to apply please refer to our Enrolment Fact Sheet.

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