Certificate 3 Guarantee Program

The Certificate 3 Guarantee Program is a state funded program that entitles eligible Queenslanders access to a Certificate III level qualification in a selection of priority training areas.

Who is eligible for the program?

To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee, an individual must:

  • Not hold or be currently undertaking a certificate III or higher level qualification. This does not include certificate III qualifications completed while at secondary school
  • Be 15 years of age or older
  • Have finished secondary school or left school
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident residing in Queensland, or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland (i.e. a person with a New Zealand Passport who can also produce documentary evidence of a Queensland residential address).

Click here for learner Fact Sheet (PDF)

Click here for disadvantaged learner Fact Sheet (PDF)

What will it cost me to participate?

Course fees associated with your training are subsidised by the Queensland Government, leaving only a small student contribution enrolment fee.

Please note, for students who are looking to enrol into the following courses:

  • CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services
  • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support
  • CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

Many employers in these industries require workers to obtain a Blue Card, Disability Worker Screening (Previously known as the Yellow Card) and/or a Police Check, you may also be required to hold a current First Aid and CPR certificate.

Please note that Queensland has adopted a “No Card, No Start” policy, this means that students enrolling into these courses will need to source, pay for these items, and successfully obtain them prior to undertaking vocational placement. Blue Cards and Disability Worker Screenings are free for students, however, the prices for Police Checks and First Aid/CPR courses will vary depending on the supplier you choose. Designer Life will assist you with the application process for a Blue Card and/or Disability Worker Screening.

Student Contribution Fees:
Non - Concessional:  $25
Concessional: $25

Consessional Participants defined as follows:

(a) the Participant holds a Health Care concession card or Pensioner concession card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care concession card or Pensioner concession card, and is named on the card; or

(b) the Participant can provide an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the Participant, his or her partner or the person of whom the Participant is a dependant, is entitled to concessions under a Health Care or Pensioner concession card; or

(c) the Participant is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin

Additional Information: 

  • Participants will no longer be eligible for further subsidised training under the Program once they complete the Certificate III Qualification 
  • Participants will be required to complete the Training and Employment Survey within three months after training 
  • Participants undertaking some Qualifications are required to undertake vocational placement as it forms part of your assessment.  This will require you to work (unpaid) in a live working environment.  Duration of vocational placement will depend on your specific course requirements.