Smart and Skilled

All courses available under the NSW Smart and Skilled program are funded courses by the NSW government. Call us today to see if you are eligible for one of these fantastic courses.

About Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. It's helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers. From 1 January 2015, Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:
  • an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III
  • government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.

Are you Eligible?

Are you:
  • 15 years old or over?
  • no longer at school?
  • living or working in NSW?
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen?
If you answered ‘Yes' to all four questions, then you're eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised course with an approved Smart and Skilled training provider.  

Course Types Your Eligible For

Your eligibility for a government-subsidised Smart and Skilled course depends on your previous qualifications:
  • If you haven't completed a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification, you're entitled to enrol in a subsidised course up to Certificate III.
  • From 2016, students with a Certificate IV or higher qualification will be able to access subsidised Smart and Skilled training up to Certificate III level. This means that even if you have a higher level qualification you may still be eligible to re-train to enter (or re-enter) the workforce.
  • You can also enrol in subsidised training at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level, depending on the availability of funding for these courses. Having completed a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification does not affect eligibility.

Other Eligibility Conditions

Your eligibility is not affected if you have completed a vocational education and training (VET) course, including a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, as part of your high school education. There are also some exceptions to the eligibility conditions described above, such as for Aboriginal people who live in specific, defined areas outside the NSW border.

Eligibility for apprentices and trainees

NSW apprentices and some new-entrant trainees may be eligible for a government subsidy for the training that supports their apprenticeship or traineeship. If you have already completed a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification, this does not affect your eligibility.

Check to see if you're eligible

You can determine your eligibility for Smart and Skilled training by answering a few short questions in the Eligibility Checker on the Smart and Skilled website. You can then go to the Course Finder to get an estimate of the fee for your preferred course.

More questions about eligibility?

For more detailed information about your eligibility for Smart and Skilled training, check out the answers to the questions people often ask. Read more

Other training options

If you're not eligible for Smart and Skilled training, or if your preferred course is not on the NSW Skills List, there are other training options, including fee-for-service training. Read more