Start TAFE Now (STN)

CQUniversity Australia is a registered training organisation and through the Start TAFE Now program, offers Year 10*, 11 and 12 high school students the opportunity to study a range of vocational education and training (VET) courses as part of their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

Students have the option to choose between certificate and diploma level courses in a wide variety of study areas.

The Start TAFE Now program provides high school students the opportunity to gain:

  • practical hands-on training
  • valuable skills for greater employability
  • credit towards a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • real trade skills and qualifications while completing high school
  • a competitive edge in the employment marketplace
  • credit towards further study

Plus, Year 11 students can include a Certificate III qualification or higher to contribute to the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

* Applicants for Year 10 students may also be considered, who meet the eligibility requirements and would like to study a course under the Start TAFE Now program. In this instance, please contact prior to completing and submitting an application.

About Applications

Congratulations on your decision deciding to broaden your skills and capacities through undertaking a Start TAFE Now course with CQUniversity. We’ve simplified the application process so you can commence your new educational journey sooner. In preparation to make your online application review the information below to ensure you are ready to go.

Download Start TAFE Now Guide

What do I need for my application?

  • Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Learner Unique Identifier (LUI)
  • Signed Start TAFE Now Authorisation Form

Download, print and complete the Start TAFE Now Authorisation Form. Please ensure all information provided in the form is accurate and you have entered all sections in full including parental consent and school consent.

2020 STN Applications Deadlines

Key Dates
Month                     Last Day STN Application
January                          10/1/2020
February                          7/2/2020
March                               6/3/2020
April                                10/4/2020
May                                   8/5/2020
June                                  5/6/2020
July                                  10/7/2020
August                               7/8/2020
September                        11/9/2020
October                             9/10/2020
November                          6/11/2020
December                        11/12/2020

^Not every course has an intake each month
^^Applications received after the closing date for each month may not be enrolled until the next month

Once your application has been submitted an acknowledgement email will be sent to yourself, your nominated school contact and your nominated parent.

CQUniversity will send you a link to complete the Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) pre-enrolment literacy and numeracy assessment tool.  Please complete this as soon as possible.  Once completed, you will be assigned an Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) level. The ACSF level is then used to provide you with advice around your course of study and to identify if literacy and numeracy support is required.

There may be other pre-enrolment requirements including a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Declaration and further parent acknowledgements depending on how your individual case is assessed.

Information for Schools and Parents

A young person’s education journey only begins with a Start TAFE Now course.  Deciding to undertake a Start TAFE Now course is not an easy choice.  If they are unsure of their future career aspirations here is some information useful for parents and schools to support young people now and in the future.

VET Student Loans is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students studying diploma level and above qualifications to pay their tuition fees. It cannot be used for other study-related costs such as accommodation or textbook. To find out more go to VET Student Loan

CQUniversity Australia has written agreements with schools who provide third party services on our behalf. For details please open the Start TAFE Now Partnership Listing. Specific information on partnered schools may be provided by your school VET Co-ordinator and CQUniversity representative or by making a specific enquiry via email to

If you are a Queensland resident and have graduated Year 12 with a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), and are keen to start your studies within the next calendar year, you may be eligible to study at CQUniversity fee-free in high-priority study areas under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice programs. These programs are only applicable to predetermined courses for more details visit the Year 12 Graduate Fee-Free Training Fact Sheet or call our friendly Student Advice Team.

At CQUniversity, we offer a variety of support services to assist our students to develop the personal resilience and skills needed to achieve both their academic and personal goals. To find out more about the various support services go to Student Support.


Students undertaking Start TAFE Now, can select to study a VET in Schools course funded by the Queensland Government’s VET Investment budget. Students can complete one employment stream qualification at the certificate I or II level. Many of these courses are offered by CQUniversity.

For qualifications at a certificate III level or higher the Qld Government encourage students to do so through a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT)—funding for a SAT is available under the User Choice program.

If you have not completed any vocational education courses previously then you will be eligible to access the VET in Schools (VETiS) funding should your course be on the subsidised course list.

You must be enrolled in a Queensland secondary school to be eligible to access the funding.

For students who have previously studied a vocational education course your application will be assessed to determine if you have previously used your funding. When you enrolled with your previous provider, they would have provided a confirmation of enrolment which would have noted how your study was funded.

If you are not eligible for VET in Schools (VETiS) funding or your course is not on the subsidised course list, then you will be required to pay full fees for your course. If you are studying at the diploma level, you may be eligible to access a VET Student Loan.

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The training I received at CQU back in 2016 while still at school helped me get an idea what pathway I’d like to go down. Every day I looked forward to my Wednesday class at CQU, it felt like the first time school was trying to help me and I couldn’t throw this away.

Kobe Miller

MEM30305 - Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade