Certificate 3 Guarantee

CQUniversity encourages prospective students to take advantage of the Certificate 3 Guarantee to gain a subsidised qualification that is both nationally recognised and quality assured.

What is the Certificate 3 Guarantee?

Part of the Queensland Government's Great Skills, Real Opportunities action plan, the guarantee gives working-age Queenslanders access to their first Certificate 3 qualification through a subsidy that reduces the cost of the course. This subsidy gives working-age Queenslanders who don't hold a formal qualification a chance to develop their skills and improve their employment prospects.

A Certificate 3 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 the emerging industries of aged care, child care, hospitality and small business.

Eligibility Requirements

You can receive a subsidy towards one Certificate 3 qualification from a list of eligible courses. To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee a student you must meet the following criteria:

  • not hold or be currently undertaking a Certificate 3 or higher level qualification (this does not include Certificate 3 qualifications undertaken while at secondary school)
  • be 15 years of age or older
  • have finished secondary school or are no longer at school
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland.

For more information about eligibility, check the Certificate 3 Guarantee Student Fact Sheet or contact 13 27 86.

How can the Certificate 3 Guarantee Help?

The Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidises course costs for Certificate III courses and supporting programs. Subsidy amounts depend upon the chosen course and other factors including possession of a health care or pensioner concession card.

To help students who may need to develop skills before undertaking a Certificate III course, the Certificate 3 Guarantee also covers study in language, literacy and numeracy programs as well as lower certificate qualifications that lead to a Certificate III.

Students who hold a healthcare or pension concession card or identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander will receive a higher subsidy.