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The User Choice program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment services for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees.

The program aims to provide funding aligned to the skill needs of industry and respond to changing government priorities.

How does the program work?

The program provides the flexibility for apprentices, trainees and their employers to select a preferred Supervised Registered Training Organisation (SRTO) from a list of pre-qualified suppliers for the delivery of nationally recognised, accredited training to meet their specific needs. The program works in conjunction with the Commonwealth Australian Apprenticeships System, under which apprentices and trainees (also known in some jurisdictions as “Australian Apprentices”) enter into legally binding training contracts with their employers and receive structured training to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

QTIS provides comprehensive information on all apprenticeships and traineeships that are approved in Queensland, including the priority level and government contribution.

Fee-free apprenticeships for Under 25’s

Free apprenticeships for under 25s offers fully subsidised training for 139 priority apprenticeships and traineeships through the Queensland Governments User Choice choice program. (Not applicable to CITs AHC30616 Cert III Production Horticulture traineeship).

User Choice Student Contribution Fees

Student Contribution Fees do apply to certain applicants and are charged at the rate of $1.60 per nominal hour based on the nominal hours for each enrolled unit of competency . There are some categories for exemption of these fees. If you fall into any of the exemption categories listed below please advise us immediately:

User Choice Student Partial Exemption

Construction Industry Training must charge 40 per cent of the Student Contribution Fee where the student falls into one or more of the following exemption categories:

  • Was or will be under 17 at the end of February in the year of training, is not at school and has not completed year 12;
  • Holds a Health Care Card or Pensioner Card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependent of a person who holds a Health Care card or Pensioner concession card, and is named on the card;
  • Presents an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the student, his or her partner or the person of whom the student is a dependent, is entitled to concessions under a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card;
  • Is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.
User Choice Student Full Exemption

Construction Industry Training may apply a full exemption from the Student Contribution Fee where:

  • The student is under 25 years and undertaking a ‘free’ apprenticeship
  • Is a school-based apprentice/trainee
  • Where the payment of the a student contribution fee would cause the student extreme financial hardship (written application with supporting evidence to RTO Management is required)
  • On units of competency where credit transfer/national recognition has been applied.

What User Choice Funded Qualifications do we offer?

To view the courses we can deliver under User Choice program go to Courses and Course Fees.

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