Training options in the ACT

A number of government supported training pathways are available to the ACT community to enable Canberrans to increase their skills and enhance their employment prospects, including:

  • Australian Apprenticeships - Government subsidised training is available for certificate II to diploma level qualifications in a variety of occupations through an Australian Apprenticeships pathway. Australian Apprenticeships enable students to undertake formal training in conjunction with employment. Refer to the Australian Apprenticeships page for further information.
  • Skilled Capital - Skilled Capital provides access to government subsidised training in areas of skills need to maximise improved employment outcomes for students. Skilled Capital also provides a range of support services to assist students to complete the training that is right for them. Refer to The Skilled Capital page for further information.
  • Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) - CIT is the public training provider in the ACT. CIT delivers hundreds of qualifications to a diverse range of students subsidised by the ACT Government. For further information refer to the CIT website.

This page provides information, support and advice for students that are enrolled, or are interested in undertaking training in the Australian Apprenticeships and Skilled Capital training initiatives.

Costs, fees and concessions

The ACT Government provides a contribution to eligible training providers towards the cost of your training. The amount of subsidy for each qualification is different depending on the level of skills needs and the total costs to deliver the training.

There will be some costs that you will need to contribute to your training. Each registered training organisation (RTO) will charge a student fee.

Fees may vary depending on the RTO you choose, as each RTO sets its own fee structure. Information about the fees charged by each RTO is available in the list of Skilled Capital Training Providers. If you are already employed, your employer may choose to provide a contribution to your student fee.

You may be eligible for a fee concession. Fee concessions are available if at the start of training you:

  • hold a current Health Care Card or Pension Card, or
  • can prove genuine hardship.

If you are eligible for a concession, you may not have to pay part or all of your student course fees. Contact your preferred registered training organisation for more information about fee concessions and fee waivers.

Student completion payment

You may be eligible to receive a completion payment from the ACT Government when you successfully complete your training.

To be eligible:

  • your registered training organisation must report your qualification completion to Skills Canberra, including all of your completed units of competency
  • you must not have completed 50% or more of your qualification through recognition of prior learning or credit transfer
  • you must complete and return a student completion survey
  • you must add or confirm your bank account details through the AVETARS student portal.

Recognition of skills and experience

You may be eligible to receive credit or recognition for training you have previously completed or for other skills and experience you have that relates to your chosen qualification.

Credit transfer is available for nationally recognised units of competency that you have already achieved at the same or another registered training organisation. This means that you will not have to complete that unit of competency again as part of your new qualification. You will need to provide evidence to support your request for credit, such as a statement of attainment.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) provides a process for acknowledging skills and knowledge that you have acquired through previous training, work or life experience. RPL may be used to grant status or credit for part or all of a unit of competency. As part of an RPL process, your registered training organisation will assess your formal or informal training and education, work experience and general life experience against relevant units of competency. You will be asked to provide evidence of your past experience, training or skills relevant to the qualification you want to complete.

Contact your preferred registered training organisation for advice about your personal circumstances and any credit transfer or RPL options available to you.

Assistance and support

Your registered training organisation (RTO) can provide a range of support services to assist you to successfully complete your qualification. You may be eligible to receive one or more of the following support services throughout your training:

  • Foundation Skills – support to assist in areas such as language, reading, writing, communication and numeracy skills.
  • Additional Support – support for additional needs in training, such as disability support, learning support or other identified support specific to your individual circumstances.

Additional funding may also available to RTOs to support eligible students who:

  • identify as having a disability and/or
  • identify as being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin and/or
  • are identified as being youth at risk, such as a person aged between 15 to 24 years of age who is at risk of disengaging from education and employment and/or
  • are long term unemployed, such as a person who has been registered as unemployed for at least the last 52 weeks.

Contact your preferred registered training organisation to discuss your personal circumstances and the support and services that are available to you.