Certificate III Guarantee

Certificate III Guarantee

Queenslanders can now access a governmentsubsidised training place

From 1 July 2013, the Certificate 3 Guarantee will give eligible Queenslanders access to a governmentsubsidised training place, up to and including their first post-school certificate level III qualification in priority training areas.

The Certificate 3 Guarantee will be paid to the training provider to reduce the cost of the certificate III course to the student.

The amount provided by the Certificate 3 Guarantee will vary depending on the demand for skilled workers in a particular industry and the needs of the student.

Browse the Questions and Answers or telephone 0403 560 594 for more information.

Information for students

Information about eligibility, subsidies, courses and how to apply.

From 1 July 2013 the Certificate 3 Guarantee provides subsidies to assist Queenslanders obtain their first post-school certificate level III qualification.

A certificate III is the first level of post-school qualification shown to have a significant impact on a person’s employment and earnings. It is also the level of qualification usually required to get a job in industries like aged care, child care, hospitality and small business.

To help students who may need to develop skills before undertaking a certificate III course, the Certificate 3 Guarantee will also cover foundation skills including language, literacy and numeracy as well as certificate I and II qualifications that lead to the certificate III.

There is a vast range of certificate III qualifications subsidised under the Certificate 3 Guarantee.

Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee, a student must:

  • not hold or be currently undertaking a certificate III or higher level qualification. This does not include qualifications undertaken while at secondary school.
  • be 15 years of age or older
  • have finished secondary school or left school
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland.

Employment status does not matter and nor is there any minimum education requirement, only the standard entry requirements for the course of study.

Note: Eligible individuals must understand that the entitlement under the Certificate 3 Guarantee is for one Government subsidised training place in a funded certificate III qualification.It is very important that you take the time to consider and compare your training options and costs, before signing an enrolment form or committing to a course of study which will use up your entitlement.

Choosing a training provider

When choosing a training provider make sure they give you:

  • details of all fees and course costs to allow you to compare training providers
  • options to buy required equipment and materials elsewhere should you choose to do so
  • a training and assessment plan relating to the course you are doing
  • a refund policy stating when you are entitled to a full or part refund of the fees you have already paid

If you are not happy with the information or service provided to you by a training provider, please telephone1300 369 935or emailtraining@dete.qld.gov.au for further advice.

Priority Qualifications

High-priority qualifications are those qualifications which develop the skills most needed by the economy.They are determined based on information about skill shortages, advice from industry, and the importance of the qualification in gaining an employment outcome.

The list of high-priority qualifications will continue to be reviewed and updated throughout 2013-2014.

Want to study now?

Information about courses and training organisations will be coming soon. Once this information is available on this website inlate July, you will be able to choose your preferred qualification and then apply by contacting a training provider directly that is listed as a pre-approved training provider for the qualification you have selected. Information about the pre-approved training providers will be continually updated on this website as training providers are approved to deliver training by the department.


Browse the Questions and Answers or telephone 0403 560 594 for more information.


Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.

The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the world’s largest deposits of bituminous coal.

The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.

The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.

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Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)

Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.

RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.

Find out more about RII Competencies here

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