Domestic Students (Funding) - Educare Training Institute

Queensland Department of Education and Training Funded Programs

Several of Educare College’s courses attract government subsidies to eligible students. As a pre-qualified supplier, we are very pleased to be able to help our students. Government funding options available include:

  • Certificate 3 Guarantee
  • User Choice
  • Higher Level Skills
  • Year 12 fee-free

What is Certificate 3 Guarantee?

Funded by the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training, the Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals 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.

The Queensland Government Department of Education and Training Certificate 3 Guarantee Program Fact Sheet is downloadable here and should be reviewed by all students considering this program.

As a condition of your enrolment, you will be required to complete a student training and employment survey within three months of finishing or discontinuing your training.

Are you eligible?

This program is open to individuals who are:

  • Queensland residents aged 15 years or over
  • No longer at school (with the exception of VET in Schools students)
  • Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and on the pathway to permanent residency)
  • Not holding, and not enrolled in, a Certificate III level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training)

To be eligible to receive the Certificate 3 Guarantee, students must not already hold, or be currently studying a Certificate III or higher-level qualification. This includes any equivalent Certificate III or higher-level training completed at university or through an apprenticeship or traineeship. It does not matter if you paid for this training or if it was subsidised by the government.

Although, Certificate III qualification completed while at school and foundation skills courses are not counted and you will still be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee.

How do you qualify for concession fees?

Concessional student 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 provides the Educare College with 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 is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • The student has a disability
  • The student is an adult prisoner

Click here to review The Queensland Government Department of Education and Training Certificate Fact Sheet.

 Do you need to contribute to the cost of training?

Eligible applicants are required to contribute to the costs of their training through a co-contribution fee

What courses are offered by Educare College under “Certificate 3 Guarantee”?

 Courses Co-Contribution Fees – Full Qualification Co-Contribution Fees – Per unit of competency
Non-Concession Concession Non-Concession Concession
CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care** 395 350 21.95 19.45
FNS30315 – Certificate III in Accounts Administration 750 375 35.90 31.80
FSK20113 – Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways Please contact information@educare.edu.au for fee details.

Please click here to download a copy of the Educare College Student Handbook to view a full schedule of fees associated.

**The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care has additional fees for required Karen Kearns Textbook:

Bundles

  • Birth to Big School + The Big Picture – $135
  • Framework + Business – $150

Individual Textbooks

  • Birth to Big School – $76
  • The Big Picture – $76
  • Framework – $90
  • Business – $76

What is User Choice?

The User Choice 2017-20 program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment services for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees. The program aims to provide funding aligned to the skills needs of industry and respond to changing government priorities.

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.

Am I eligible for a funded place in the User Choice Program?

To be eligible for a government contribution towards the costs of training, an apprentice or trainee must have entered into a training contract for a qualification that is funded by the department and be registered in the department’s registration system DELTA. The contract commencement date or recommencement date must be on or after 1 July 2010, and the training provider selected to deliver the training must hold a pre-qualified supplier (PQS) status for the nominated qualification.

The government contribution for a User Choice funding contribution is 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 RTO.

Are there any rules I should be aware of in relation to funding?

Apprentices and trainees can only receive one government contribution for a User Choice funded qualification at any single point in time, (i.e. a student is not funded to undertake two apprenticeships or traineeships at the same time).

In addition, apprentices and trainees, including SATs, can only receive a maximum of two government funding contributions under the current User Choice program.

There are other rules specifically related to funding for SAT, so students and their parents/guardians should discuss their intentions with their school’s vocational education and training coordinator prior to signing up as a SAT. Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers are another good source of information.

What courses are offered by Educare College under “User Choice”?

  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care**
  • CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care**
  • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)
  • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
  • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community)

**The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care have additional fees for required Karen Kearns Textbook:

Bundles

  • Birth to Big School + The Big Picture – $135
  • Framework + Business – $150

Individual Textbooks

  • Birth to Big School – $76
  • The Big Picture – $76
  • Framework – $90
  • Business – $76

User Choice contribution fees

In most cases, apprentices and trainees are required to pay a Student Contribution Fee. The Student Contribution Fees are currently charged at the rate of $1.60 per nominal hour for each unit of competency/module to be calculated at the commencement of the unit of competency/module.

If agreed between the employer and the apprentice/trainee, student contribution fees can be paid by the employer.

Please click here to download a copy of the Educare College Student Handbook to view a full schedule of fees associated.

What is Higher Level Skills Program?

The Higher Level Skills program provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to access subsidised training in selected Certificate IV or above qualifications, and priority skill sets. The aim is to assist individuals to gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in priority industries or to transition to university to continue their studies. Employers may also be able to access training to address workforce development needs.

As a condition of your enrolment, you will be required to complete a student training and employment survey within three months of finishing or discontinuing your training.

Are you eligible?

This program is open to individuals who are:

  • Queensland resident aged 15 or over
  • No longer at school
  • Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa on the pathway to permanent residency
  • Not holding, and not enrolled in, a Certificate IV level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training)

What will you gain from this program?

The program provides eligible individuals with access to one subsidised training place in priority Certificate IV level and above qualifications or priority skill sets.

To view the Queensland department of Education and Training higher Level Skills Program Fact Sheet, please click here.

What courses are offered by Educare College under “Higher Level Skills”?

Courses Co-Contribution Fees – Full Qualification Co-Contribution Fees – Per unit of competency
Non-Concession Concession Non-Concession Concession
FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping 395 350 30.40 26.90
CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 395 350 14.10 12.50

Please click here to download a copy of the Educare College Student Handbook to view a full schedule of fees associated.

What is Year 12 Fee-Free Training?

To be eligible for fee-free training, Year 12 graduates need to commence an apprenticeship, traineeship or training in a high priority qualification with a pre-approved training provider within the calendar year following third completion of Year 12.

Fee-free training applies to high priority qualifications available under the Queensland Government’s Certificate 3 Guarantee program or User Choice program, which funds training and assessment services for apprenticeships and traineeships.

As a condition of your enrolment, you will be required to complete a student trining and employment survey within three months of finishing or discounting your training.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible to access fee-free training, you must:

  • Have completed year 12 in Queensland and hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Studies Authority (or the “Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority” which replaced the Queensland Studies Authority from 1 July 2014) or equivalent certificate that confirms you have completed Year 12 in Queensland
  • Enrol and start training with an approved training provider by the end of the calendar year following the completion of Year 12
  • Be a Queensland resident

What courses are offered by Educare College under Year 12 Fee-Free?

  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care**
  • CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care**
  • FNS30315 Certificate III in Accounts Administration
  • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)
  • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
  • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community)

**The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care have additional fees for required Karen Kearns Textbook:

Bundles

  • Birth to Big School + The Big Picture – $135
  • Framework + Business –

Individual Textbooks

  • Birth to Big School – $76
  • The Big Picture – $76
  • Framework – $90
  • Business – $76

Please click here to download a copy of the Educare College Student Handbook to view a full schedule of fees associated.