Not eligible for fee-free training?

Learn about other training options to get the skills you need.

Some of the reasons for not accessing fee-free training include:
  • You might not be eligible for government-subsidised training under Smart and Skilled.
  • Your preferred course might not be on the NSW Skills List and so government subsidies are not available.
  • There may currently be no approved Smart and Skilled provider for the course you want to do.

In these cases, you have other training options for getting the skills you need.

Fee-for-service courses

You have the option of paying full commercial fees for training offered as fee-for-service by TAFE NSW, Adult and Community Education (ACE) colleges or private training providers.

Go to the MySkills website or check with your preferred training provider to find out which courses are offered as fee-for-service.

Fee-for-service is also an option for:

  • existing-worker traineeships, which are not eligible for government funding under Smart and Skilled
  • new-entrant traineeships not on the NSW Skills List.

Search for available apprenticeships and traineeships in NSW.

English-language courses

English-language courses for people from non-English speaking backgrounds are not subsidised through Smart and Skilled. However, these types of courses are offered under the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) funded by the Commonwealth Government.


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