​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Fee-free training for Year 12 graduates

​Eligible Year 12 graduates can access fee-free apprenticeships, traineeships and training in high priority areas within the calendar year after graduating.

The fee-free training applies to high priority qualifications available under the Queensland Government's Certificate 3 Guarantee program or User Choice program, ​which funds workplace-based apprenticeship and traineeship training.

High priority qualifications are qualifications which provide training in the skills most needed by employers and industry.

To be eligible to access fee-free training, you must:

  • have completed Year 12 in Queensland and hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority or equivalent certification
  • enrol and start an apprenticeship, traineeship or training, with an approved training provider in a high priority qualification by the end of the calendar year following completion of Year 12
  • permanently reside in Queensland.

Choosing the right course and training provider is a big deal. Like all big purchases, you need to do your research.

Follow the steps in our training consumer tips​ to research your options before making a decision.

Remember, choose carefully. By committing to a course, you may exhaust your entitlement to further Queensland Government subsidised training.

Step 1 - Select​ a qualification

Think about what you want to study, and then search for the available qualifications funded in this area using the Year 12 Fee-Free refined search filter on the Queensland Skills Gateway.

You can also find out information about apprenticeships and traineeships, including the opportunities and benefits they can provide, on the Apprenticeships Info website.

Step 2 - Choose a training provider

Once you have picked a qualification that you are interested in, using the Queensland Skills Gateway Year 12 Fee-Free refined search filter, the list of training providers that offer that course will also be displayed in the search results. You can then contact one of the providers directly to enrol


If you wish to undertake a high priority qualification through an apprenticeship or traineeship follow the steps to getting started on the Apprenticeships Info website.​

​More information

The Year 12 graduate fee-free stud​​ent fact sheet (PDF, 312KB​ or DOC​X, 342KB) provides more information on fee-free training for Year 12 graduates.

For further advice contact the department on 1300 369 935, training@det​.qld.gov.au, or view the Frequently asked questions page.

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Last updated
02 July 2018