Government Funded Courses

The Queensland Government Certificate 3 Guarantee Program

The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides subsidies to assist eligible Queenslanders who do not have a post school qualification higher than a certificate II to obtain a certificate III level qualification.

To help students who may need to develop skills before undertaking a certificate III course, the Certificate 3 Guarantee will also cover foundation skills including language, literacy and numeracy as well as certificate I and II qualifications that lead to the certificate III.

There is a vast range of certificate III qualifications subsidised under the Certificate 3 Guarantee.


The Certificate 3 Guarantee is funded by the Queensland Government for eligible Queenslanders who commence a certificate level III course on or after 1 July 2013.

To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee a person must:

  • not hold or be already undertaking a certificate III or higher level qualification (certificate III qualifications completed at school are not counted)
  • be 15 years of age or older
  • have finished secondary school or left school
  • Queensland resident – an Australian Citizen or permanent resident living in Queensland, or a 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).

Employment status does not matter and nor is there any minimum education requirement, only the standard entry requirements for the course of study.


Under the Certificate 3 Guarantee, eligible individuals are only entitled to one Queensland Government subsidised training place in a funded certificate III qualification.


  • Under the Certificate 3 Guarantee, the Queensland Government will subsidise training costs for students across a range of courses at the certificate III qualification level. The Queensland Government will directly pay the training provider on your behalf the level of subsidy related to the course you enrol in.
  • The amount the course is subsidised depends on its priority level, which is based on the demand for skilled workers in the area of study.
  • The remainder of the course cost must be met by the student. Students should expect to contribute to the cost of their training through a student contribution fee.
  • Some students, including those with a health care or pensioner concession card, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, will receive a higher subsidy.

Priority qualifications

The government pays a higher level of subsidy on behalf of students for high-priority qualifications to help make these courses more affordable for students.

How do I apply?

To find out more, or to enrol in a course, simply phone Ignite Education between 8.30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. Phone (07) 5559 5077.

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