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Recognition of Prior Learning

21 October 2010


What is Recognition of Prior Learning?   Recognition of Prior Learning  (RPL) is the acknowledgment of a person's current skills and ...

Smart and Skilled 2018

10 December 15

Are you eligible for Smart and Skilled training?

Are you:

15 years old or over?
no longer at school?
living or working in NSW?
an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen?
If you answered ‘Yes' to all four questions, then you're eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised course with an approved Smart and Skilled training provider.

Types of courses you're eligible for:

From 2016, students with a Certificate IV or higher qualification will be able to access subsidised Smart and Skilled training up to Certificate III level. This means that even if you have a higher level qualification you may still be eligible to re-train to enter (or re-enter) the workforce.
You can also enrol in subsidised training at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level, depending on the availability of funding for these courses. Having completed a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification does not affect eligibility.

Other eligibility conditions:

Your eligibility is not affected if you have completed a vocational education and training (VET) course, including a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, as part of your high school education.
There are also some exceptions to the eligibility conditions described above, such as for Aboriginal people who live in specific, defined areas outside the NSW border.

Eligibility for apprentices and trainees:

NSW apprentices and some new-entrant trainees may be eligible for a government subsidy for the training that supports their apprenticeship or traineeship. If you have already completed a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification, this does not affect your eligibility.

Check to see if you're eligible:

You can determine your eligibility for Smart and Skilled training by answering a few short questions in the Eligibility Checker   

More questions about eligibility?

For more detailed information about your eligibility for Smart and Skilled training, check out the answers to the questions people often ask.