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The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides Queenslanders with access to Government subsidised training by supporting eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III level qualification and increase their skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance their career.

Under the Certificate 3 Guarantee, the Queensland Government provides a subsidy for a range of priority certificate III level qualifications that reduces the cost of the Certificate III course for the student.

Download the Queensland Government Certificate 3 Guarantee – Student Fact Sheet

View the ETC Student Handbook

Download the Certificate 3 Guarantee – Fact sheet

Courses Available

Student Contribution FeeNon-ConcessionalConcessional
Certificate III in Business – BSB30120 $350 $250
Certificate III in Individual Support – CHC33015 $350 $250
Certificate III in Hospitality – SIT30622$350$250

The above courses are subsidised to eligible participants under the Queensland Governments Certificate 3 Guarantee.

Are you Eligible?

The Certificate 3 Guarantee is for participants who commence a certificate level III course on or after 1 July 2013.  Participants can either be employed or a job seeker to access the program.

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

  • not hold or be already undertaking a certificate III or higher level qualification (certificate III qualifications completed at school are not counted)
  • be 15 years of age or older
  • have finished secondary school or left school
  • Be a Queensland resident – an Australian Citizen or permanent resident living in Queensland, or a New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland.

Concessional Participants are defined as follows:

(a) the Participant holds a Health Care concession card or Pensioner concession card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care concession card or Pensioner concession card, and is named on the card; or
(b) the Participant can provide 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 or Pensioner concession card; or
(c) the Participant is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person.

Please note

The entitlement under Certificate 3 Guarantee is for one Government subsidised Certificate III qualification and that you will no longer be eligible for a subsidised training place under the Certificate 3 Guarantee once you have completed a certificate III level qualification. Please ensure that you consider your training options, outcomes and costs under the program before committing to a course of study which utilises your entitlement under the initiative.

The Student contribution fee amount applies to all students completing a subsidised certificate III qualification under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program and that the Student Contribution Fee’s represent the total non-government subsidised sum of essential training costs for you to complete the qualification and all fees and costs associated with delivering the training.

More information on the Queensland Government’s Certificate 3 Guarantee is available from:


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