Certificate 3 Guarantee

Certificate 3 Guarantee

Certificate 3 Guarantee

What is “Certificate 3 Guarantee?”


The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible Queenslanders to complete their first post-school Certificate III qualification and increase their skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance their career.

It also supports school students to access training and Queensland’s Year 12 graduates to transition to employment by providing fee-free training in high priority qualifications.

The Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidises your vocational education and training (VET) course fees. This means that instead of paying the full costs of a training course, you will pay a reduced amount, making training more affordable and accessible.

To view the Certificate 3 Guarantee Student Fact Sheet, please click here.

Please note: As a condition of your enrolment into a Certificate 3 Guarantee program, you will be required to complete a student training and employment survey within three months of finishing or discontinuing your training.

Are you eligible?


To be eligible to enrol in the Certificate 3 Guarantee, prospective students must:

  • be aged 15 years or older;
  • be no longer at school (with the exception of school students in Years 10, 11 and 12 undertaking a VET in School (VETiS) program);
  • permanently reside in Queensland;
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen; and
  • not hold, and not be enrolled in, a Certificate III or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training.

How much will you pay?


The Queensland government will subsidise a portion of the training costs for your chosen Certificate III level qualification. However, a contribution to the cost of training and assessment services – called a co-contribution fee – must be made by students enrolling into a Certificate 3 Guarantee program. This fee may be paid on your behalf by a third party (e.g. your employer).

It is important to note that eligible candidates are only entitled to access Certificate 3 Guarantee funding to complete one Certificate III level qualification.

Qualification Certificate 3 Guarantee Co-Contribution Fees
Non-Concessional Fee Concessional Fee Non-Concessional Fee

Per Unit

Concessional Unit Fee

Per Unit

AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture $50.00 $25.00 $3.13 $1.57
BSB30115 Certificate III in Business $50.00 $25.00 $4.17 $2.09
CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support $50.00 $40.00 $3.85 $3.08

How do you qualify for Concessional Fees?


Concessional student status applies when:

  • 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 is able to provide an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the student, their partner or the person of whom the student is a dependant is entitled to concessions under a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card;
  • the student identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
  • the student is a school student and is enrolled in a VETiS program (may include young people in detention);
  • the student has a disability; or
  • the student is an adult prisoner.

For Challenge Employment and Training to verify your concessional status, you must provide evidence of any of the above criteria that applies to you at the time of enrolment.

Please click here to access our Student Handbook for further information regarding student fees and our Refund Policy.

Should you have any further enquiries regarding enrolling with us under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program, please do contact us today on (07) 3282 8000.

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