The Queensland Government’s Certificate 3 Guarantee provides subsidies to assist Queenslanders obtain their first post-school certificate level III qualification.

A certificate III 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 industries like aged care, child care, hospitality and small business.

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.

You may only access the certificate III guarantee once and accessing this funding may have an effect on your ability to access other government funding in the future.

Certificate III Guarantee FAQ’s

Which courses at Spectrum Training are available under the Certificate III Guarantee?

Spectrum Training are a pre-qualified supplier under the Certificate III Guarantee program.  We can currently access Certificate III Guarantee funding for the following qualifications:
Certificate III in Disability

What fees are payable under the Certificate III Guarantee?

Student contribution fees are compulsory under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program. Spectrum Training charge a flat fee of $2.50 per unit of competency. The total student contribution fees for each course are calculated by how many units the student must complete to receive the award.
Eg. Certificate III in Individual Support – $32.50 (13 units at $2.50 each)

Am I eligible for the Certificate III Guarantee program?

To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee, a student must:

  • not hold or be currently undertaking a certificate III or higher level qualification.

This does not include qualifications undertaken while at secondary school

  • be 15 years of age or older
  • have finished secondary school or left school
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland.

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

Note: Eligible individuals must understand that the entitlement under the Certificate 3 Guarantee is for one Government subsidised training place in a funded certificate III qualification. It is very important that you take the time to consider and compare your training options and costs, before signing an enrolment form or committing to a course of study which will use up your entitlement.

Where can I find more information on the Certificate III Guarantee program?

The Queensland Government publish a range if information on the Certificate III Guarantee program on their Certificate III Guarantee website <>.


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