Construction Skills Queensland

Helping Build the Building and Construction Industry

What is Construction Skills Queensland?

CSQ helps the building and construction industry by subsidising training for eligible workers to deliver building and construction qualifications and short courses to new entrants, existing workers and those who are currently under-employed or out of work in the building and construction industry. For further information visit the Construction Skills Queensland Website:

Construction Skills Queensland is an independent, not-for-profit, industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices, trainees and career seekers in the building and construction industry.

  • CSQ provides funding to reduce the financial obstacle to training, making upskilling an affordable option for many more individuals in the construction industry.
  • CSQ-funded training is delivered by a range of selected registered training organisations (RTOs) across Queensland.
  • CSQ contributes towards the cost of courses to reduce the cost to participants. CSQ funding is paid directly to the contracted RTO, generally between 75% and 100% of course costs.

CSQ programs provide funding in building and construction qualifications and short courses. The programs are:

  • Skills Assessment and Gap Training (SAGT)
  • Higher Qualifications (HQ)
  • Short Courses (SC)
  • Apprenticeship Advance (AA)

Skills Assessment & Gap Training (SAGT)

If you have have skills and experience but don’t hold a formal qualification, SAGT programs will help you turn your experience into a formal qualification.

Higher Qualifications (HQ)

If you are keen to move into a higher-level role in general or civil construction, this program subsidises nationally accredited qualifications including Certificate IV qualifications. The Higher Qualifications program is targeted to existing workers in the building and construction industry to assist in career development and is designed to help you gain new skills and knowledge.

Short Courses (SC)

CSQ short courses are designed to help you update your skills and knowledge within a specific area.

Apprenticeship Advance (AA)

CSQ’s Apprenticeship Advance loading gives Queensland’s construction
apprentices and trainees a valuable edge in the jobs market with free
additional training to boost their skills and career prospects.

Through the program, CSQ fully covers the training costs of priority short
courses and higher level skills training for construction apprentices and

Am I eligible to participate?

Eligible participants for CSQ Programs:
  • must be:
    • an eligible worker*; or unemployed eligible worker;
  • and must be:
    • an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or
    • a permanent resident of Australia; or
    • a Visa holder with relevant permissions to work. Check your eligibility here.
  • and must:
    • be permanently employed in Queensland

* Refer to the Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 1991 for full definitions of Existing and Eligible Workers

Building and Construction Industry Definitions (Glossary).

For the Apprenticeship Advance funding, participants must be:
  • current active Apprentice or Trainee in Queensland undertaking a Recognised Apprenticeship or Traineeship; or
  • an Eligible Worker or an Unemployed Eligible Worker in the first year out of their Recognised Apprenticeship or Traineeship; or
  • a cancelled Apprentice or Trainee undertaking a Recognised Apprenticeship or Traineeship that has been cancelled and they are currently accessing State Government funding to complete their training.
  • NOTE: 1st and 2nd year apprentices/trainees are not eligible for the Certificate IV HQ programs

To find out whether you may be eligible for the funding you can use our Construction Skills Queensland eligibility test.

Further eligibility criteria and restrictions on our delivery regions apply for certain CSQ programs. Contact us to discuss your course of interest so we can complete a proper eligibility check with you.

What CSQ subsidised qualifications does Construction Industry Training offer?

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