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crt_skillsready.jpgThere's never been a better time to get into training!

WA needs skilled workers to rebuild our businesses and communities following the COVID-19 pandemic, and fantastic opportunities are available — whether you're looking for a job, thinking about a career change, or upskilling for your own development now's the time to get skills ready! 

We’re making training affordable and accessible so you can boost your skills and be job ready as the WA economy recovers.

How about a free training course — yes... free! Or choose from over 70 half-price qualifications that match up with where the jobs are. To meet the specific needs of businesses for COVID-19,  we have new skill sets — fast track training to get you job ready — and to make sure anyone can get skills ready we increased the range of courses available online at Central Regional TAFE. Select one of the options below and see how we can help boost your skills for the future.

What's included in the Skills Ready initiative?

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Free Skills Ready Training

That's right... free training! 

We are serious when we say we want to help you get skills ready!

We have worked closely with WA industries, businesses and employers to find out the types of skills needed right now and for future jobs. Free skill sets developed from nationally recognised vocational training are now available at Central Regional TAFE — some are also available online. 

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to fast track your training and get skills ready!

The free training focuses on the following two options.

  • Infection control skill sets to get you skills ready and job ready for COVID-19 safe workplace requirements — free for everyone
  • Job Ready Skill sets to get you skills ready for current job opportunities as  WA's economy recovers — some are free for everyone, and others are free for eligible students including displaced workers, concession students and youth up to 25 not at school

Free Infection Control Skill Sets

Fast track your skills with our free infection control skill sets to get you job ready. 

All infection control skill sets are 100% free for everyone! 

These infection control skill sets have been developed specifically to get you job ready and skill you in the safe management of infection control in the workplace. They match up with the skills employers are looking for, to support WA businesses in key areas such as aged care, disability support, retail, hospitality, transport and logistics. 

The skill sets contain selected units of competency from nationally accredited and recognised vocational qualifications that target specific skill areas.

Free* Job Ready Skill Sets

Not all jobs need a full qualification, and maybe you don't either — skill sets are the perfect solution. Skill sets can help you get ready for your first job, or re-skill quickly for jobs that are available as WA's economy recovers.

These new job ready skill sets have been developed in consultation with businesses and employers to deliver fast track training that will get you skills ready for jobs in areas including hospitality, health care, retail, business, cyber security, agriculture and construction... and many more.    

Job ready skill sets that are 100% free for everyone include:

  • Operating a Small Business
  • All of the infection control skill sets (see above)

More coming soon!

Other Job ready skill sets are 100% free for eligible students:

Check out the course page for eligibility information. Fees apply for non-eligible students.

The job ready skill sets include general entry level training to prepare for employment, and also cover a range of industry areas to help get you skills ready for a number of job roles. Because all of these skill sets are made up of units of competency from nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualifications, you will receive credit for them if you choose to go on to further study.

Lower Fees, Local Skills - Half Price* Course Fees

How would you like to get a nationally recognised and accredited qualification but pay only half-price course fees? From tourism and hospitality to residential and commercial construction, dental assisting to commercial cookery, aged care to engineering, defence to automotive, business and IT, healthcare and childhood education, agriculture to cyber security, electrical to heavy vehicle mechanical technology — to name just a few — there really is something here for everyone under the Lower fees, local skills program, and this is where the jobs are!

These qualifications are matched up with the skills employers are looking for, so you'll be job ready. And they're available right here at Central Regional TAFE — some are also available online. 

What's new?

In January 2020, the Lower fees, local skills program started with 34 half price course fees qualifications. On 2 July 2020, a further 39 half price course fees qualifications were announced in a broad range of industry areas. If you think you've seen the Lower fees, local skills courses already, take another look!

What's better than half price course fees? How about a fees cap!

That's right! Regardless of how much the course fees for your qualification actually are, you will not pay more than the set fees cap amount per qualification or course.

39 new qualifications were added to Lower fees Local skills on 2 July 2020. Fee caps for these courses apply from that date.

  • All students aged 15—24 years of age are eligible for an annual concession course fee cap of $400 from the date the new fee applied.
  • For all eligible concession students, the course fee cap is $400 from the date the new fee applied.
  • The course fee cap for non-concession students is $1,200 from the date the new fee applied.

Please note: Only course tuition fees are half price for the Lower fees, local skills qualifications. You may be required to pay other fees for resources that are specifically needed for your course. For more information please read our FAQs below >

Get Skills Ready Online

Learning online can be a great way to get skills ready from the comfort of your home or workplace. This form of study is perfect for those who like the idea of a more flexible pace of learning. You'll be provided with all the information and resources needed for your course, help to get set up, and support when you need it. 

Doing an online course doesn't mean you'll sitting reading a screen all by yourself, with nobody to talk to and no lecturer to help you — you'll be able to interact with your classmates and your lecturer, so you're not doing it all alone.  

Online courses take place in a virtual classroom and can include a range of activities including discussions, online chats, journals and blogs, social media, quizzes, web quests and project activities to keep things interesting. All you need is a computer, an internet connection and a comfy chair! 

Please note that some courses may require practical training and assessment for hands-on skills. Your training provider will let you know if that applies for your course, and explain how it will work. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here's some frequently asked questions about the Skills Ready program. If you can't find an answer to your question our student services team would be more than happy to help. See contact details below.

Free training (Infection Control and Job Ready Skill Sets)

Who can access the free training?

The free training is available to residents of Western Australia.

Temporary residents:
Persons holding one of the following visa types are also eligible:

  • holders of a sub-class 309, 444, 785, 790, 820 or 826 visa;
  • secondary holders of a temporary visa of sub-class 457; and
  • holders of a Bridging Visa E (subclasses 050 and 051) where the visa holder has made a valid application for a visa of subclass 785 or 790.

Who is not eligible?

  • Persons living outside of Western Australia, or Australia, are not eligible.
  • International students and people on a student visa are not eligible.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s VET Fees and charges policy - outlines eligibility for subsidised training in WA. 

All enquiries regarding course fees can be made to our student services team on 1800 672 700, by email or in person at your local campus. 

Are all those infection control skill sets really free?

Yes! The Skills Ready infection control skill sets are totally free, for everyone*! 

The course fees and any resource fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government, through Jobs and Skills WA, so that there is no cost to you. 

The free infection control skill sets target areas that WA needs right now, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. By making these courses free we are able to help more people get skills ready, boost their skills for the future, and get jobs. 

Please note: The minimum age requirement for the Entry Into Care Roles and the COVID-19 Direct Care skill sets is 18 years. For the other infection control skill sets, students must be 15 years of age or older.  

What are the infection control skill sets, and how will they get me job ready?

There are six free infection control skill sets available, each focused on a specific area of work.

COVID-19 Direct Care skill set - was developed in consultation with WA employers in the aged care and disability services sectors and the Community Services, Health and Education Training Council. It contains three units of competency chosen to get you job ready for entry-level employment.

  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures 
  • HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely 
  • CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs 

 CHCSS00114 | Entry Into Care Roles skill set - addresses the skills and knowledge required to provide entry level support and basic client care for a range of roles and purposes within the aged care and disability support sectors. The support provided in client care will be predominantly non-direct. The skill set is comprised of the following units.

  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
  • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

HLTINFCOV001 | Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures - is a nationally recognised unit of competency, to train people to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks. With this skill set, you can select from three industry areas

  1. Transport and Logistics
  2. Hospitality (food handling)
  3. Retail

You can choose the one that best matches with the type of work you're looking for or currently doing.

HLTSS00064 | Infection Control Skill Set - is linked to the unit HLTINF001 | Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures and has been designed for the healthcare sector; specifically those working in aged care or disability support.

  • For further information about the free infection control skill sets, including where they are available and how to enrol, please select 'Infection control' from our Course List
What are the minimum age requirements for the infection control skill sets?

The minimum age requirement for the Entry Into Care Roles and the COVID-19 Direct Care skill sets is 18 years.

For the other infection control skill sets, students must be 15 years of age or older.  

Who is eligible for free job ready skill sets?

Job ready skill sets that are free for everyone (with more coming soon) include:

  • Operating a Small Business
  • Heavy Haulage Driving Operations

All job ready skill sets are available to everyone, and 100% free for the following eligible students.   

  • Persons aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding school students)
  • Secondary school-aged persons who are not enrolled at school
  • Persons receiving the JobSeeker or JobKeeper payment
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding:
    • a pensioner concession card or Health Care Card; or
    • Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution

Course and resource fees will apply for non-eligible students.

If you don't meet these eligibility requirements our students services team can provide more information on 1800 672 700 or via email.

 For further information about the job ready skill sets, including where they are available and how to enrol, please select 'Skill sets' on our  course list search

 

Skills Sets

What is a skill set?

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) — the national regulator for vocational education and training (VET) — defines a skill set as follows.

"A single unit of competency or a combination of units of competency from a training package which link to a licensing or regulatory requirement, or a defined industry need."

In VET, a qualification or course is made up of a number of units of competency, and each of those units has defined learning outcomes based on the skills and knowledge it covers. A skill set is developed by choosing individual units of competency that target a specific set of skills and knowledge, to meet the needs of industry or a particular job role.

Skill sets are also used to upskill workers — for example; if cleaning staff at a hospital needed to learn about infection control, or if office workers needed to learn some management skills — in situations where a full qualification is not required.

Because skill sets are based on nationally accredited units of competency, when you successfully complete a skill set short course those units can count towards a full qualification if you decide to do further study. 

Will I receive a certificate when I complete a skill set?

Because the skill sets are not a full qualification, you will not receive a certificate.

You will receive a Statement of Attainment that lists all of the units of competency you completed in the skill set. This statement is recognised nationally as an official record. It verifies that you have completed those units, so you can receive credit for them should you continue on to further study. 

Can I go on to further study after I've completed a skill set?

Yes! Completing a skill set is a great way to find out whether this is the industry area for you, and decide if you want to do further study and gain a full qualification. 

The Skills Ready skill sets contain units of competency taken from nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualifications. This means they work perfectly as a pathway to further study.

Please check the information in the Job ready skill sets section of this page, where we have listed possible pathways for each of the skill sets. 

The Statement of Attainment you receive on completion of a skill set verifies that you have completed those units, so you will receive credit for them should you continue on to further study. 

 

Lower fees, local skills — Half price course fees qualifications

Who can access these Lower fees, local skills qualifications?

The Lower fees, local skills courses are available to residents of Western Australia.

Temporary residents
Persons holding one of the following visa types are also eligible:

  • holders of a sub-class 309, 444, 785, 790, 820 or 826 visa;
  • secondary holders of a temporary visa of sub-class 457; and
  • holders of a Bridging Visa E (subclasses 050 and 051) where the visa holder has made a valid application for a visa of subclass 785 or 790.

Who is not eligible

  • Persons living outside of Western Australia, or Australia, are not eligible.
  • International students and people on a student visa are not eligible.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s VET Fees and charges policy - outlines eligibility for subsidised training in WA.

All enquiries regarding course fees can be made to our student services team on 1800 672 700, by email or in person at your local campus. 

Am I eligible for the concession rate on the half price course fees?

The following people will be entitled to a concession rate on the half price course fees under Lower fees, local skills. 

  • Persons and dependents of persons holding:
    • a pensioner concession card;
    • a repatriation health benefits card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs; or
    • a Health Care Card
  • Persons and dependents of persons in receipt of the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • Dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution
  • Secondary school-aged persons, not enrolled at school
Do I still have to pay other fees, like for resources, on the Lower fees, local skills qualifications?

The half price rates under Lower fees, local skills apply only to course fees, and these are set by the Department of Training and Workforce Development's VET fees and charges policy.

You may need to pay other fees — that will depend on the qualification you choose. For example; if you do the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, you may need to pay for specialist equipment such as a knife. Or some courses may require you to purchase a workbook and there will be a resource fee for that. Your TAFE college or training provider will be able to provide details of any such fees that apply to the course you're interested in. 

Fees and payment options

How does the annual course fees cap work on the Lower fees, local skills qualifications?

The "fees cap" means that regardless of how much your course fees actually are, under Lower fees, local skills you will not pay more than a set total amount.

Course fee caps are set at different amounts, depending on whether you are entitled to receive a concession rate or are aged between 15—24.

  • The concession rate course fee cap for Lower fees, local skills qualifications is $400 from the date the new fee applied. 
  • The non-concession rate course fee cap for Lower fees, local skills qualifications is $1,200 from the date the new fee applied.

All students aged 15—24 years of age are eligible for the annual concession fee cap of $400 per qualification/course per year on all Lower fees, local skills qualifications from the date the new fee applied.

Please note: Only course tuition fees are half price for the Lower fees, local skills qualifications. You may be required to pay other fees for resources that are specifically needed for your course.

Is the annual fee cap just for one qualification or course, or can I do two in the same year under the one fee cap?

The annual course fee caps under Lower fees, local skills are applied at qualification/course level for the calendar year.

For example; if you complete two courses in one year, the course fees will be capped for each course.

If I turn 25 years old during my Lower fees, local skills qualification, am I still eligible for the annual $400 course fee cap?

Under Lower fees, local skills the $400 course fee cap applies to units of competency that are commenced by concession students, and by people aged between 15 and 24 years.

If you are turning 25 during your course, please speak to our student services team who will let you know  what course fees and/or price caps will apply. 

When are the Lower fees, local skills qualifications available?

The half price course fees commenced on 1 January 2020, under the State Government's Lower fees, local skills program, for 34 qualifications.

Any units of competency commenced by new or continuing students in the selected qualifications between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021 will attract the half price course fees. Any units of competency commenced outside of this period will attract the regular course fees.

39 additional qualifications were added on 2 July 2020.

Any units of competency commenced by new or continuing students in the selected qualifications between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2021 will attract the half price course fees. Any units of competency commenced outside of this period will attract the regular course fees.

Are the Lower fees, local skills qualifications available if I study part time? Or are they only for full time study?

The Lower fees, local skills qualifications are available whether you study full time, part time or even online.

The half price course fee rates and annual fee caps will also be available for units of competency that are commenced between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021, where those units form part of a Lower fees, local skills qualification from the date of the new fee arrangement.

What is a unit of competency?

A VET course or qualification consists of individual units of competency, each of which has a set number of "nominal hours" ie the hours required to deliver and assess the unit. Course fees are determined by multiplying the applicable rate by the nominal hours for each unit in the course that you enrol in.

Some people choose to complete individual units, to pick up specific skills when they need to. For example, you may work as a fitter and machinist but you want to move into plant mechanics — you could select some units from the Certificate III in Engineering Plant Mechanic course, to upskill. 

What if I am already enrolled in a Lower fees, local skills qualification and continuing to study?

If you have already started one of the Lower fees, local skills qualifications and will be continuing it in 2020/21, you will pay the half price course fees for any units of competency in that qualification that you commence from the date the new fee applied.

Are apprenticeships and traineeships included for the Lower fees, local skills qualifications and annual fee caps?

Yes! Some of the Lower fees, local skills half price qualifications are available as an apprenticeship or traineeship, which means as an apprentice or trainee you or your employer would be eligible for the half price course fees and annual course fee caps. 

On 2 July 2020 some pre-apprenticeship courses were also added, to help you prepare to get an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Please note that because all of the units of competency  in your apprenticeship or traineeship may not have started by 31 December 2021 — when this program of half price fees and the annual fee cap ends — it could be the case that some parts of your course won't be eligible for the half price course fees and annual fee cap.

As this could be quite complex — depending on when your apprenticeship or traineeship commences and its duration — please speak to your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider, or your TAFE college or training provider, for further information.

Can I use my $1,000 CTF training grant for a skill set or Lower fees, local skills qualification?

Yes! If you are an apprentice or trainee employed in the building construction industry, and you are eligible to receive the $1,000 training grant from the Construction Training Fund (CTF), you can use that to pay for a job ready skill sets or Lower fees, local skills qualification. This is a great option if you want to add to your existing skills, or do training in new skills to improve your employment prospects. 

For further information about the $1,000 training grant for building and construction apprentices and trainees, please visit the CTF website - external site

What happens if I start a two or three-year Lower fees, local skills qualification that continues past 31 December 2021? 

The half price course fee rates under Lower fees, local skills, and the annual course fee cap, apply only to units of competency within a course or qualification that you commence from the date the new fee applied and 31 December 2021.  Any units of competency commenced outside of this period will attract the regular course fees.

What if I start a Lower fees, local skills qualification but can't continue it?

If you re-commence units that form part of one of the Lower fees, local skills qualifications between the date the new fee applied and 31 December 2021, you will still be eligible for the half price course fee rates and fee caps.

If you have to withdraw from the course, you are entitled to a refund of the course fee and 50% of the resource fee for units that you withdraw from, before the unit withdrawal date. For more information about refunds please click the link below or contact our student sevices team on 1800 672 700 or via email.
 
I have already paid full price for my course, but now the course fees are half price. Do I get a refund?

If you have already enrolled in and paid for a course that was added to the Lower fees, local skills half price course fees list on 3 July 2020, you will pay the new half price course fees rate for any units in that course which commence after that date (3 July).

CRTAFE will adjust your invoice and the difference will be refunded.

Online courses and learning online

How does online learning work?

Learning online can be a great way to get skilled — whether your life doesn't have room for going to classes, or you like the idea of a more flexible pace of learning. And with online courses, you can get skilled from anywhere — it doesn't have to be on campus, so you can choose from a wide range of courses. 

You'll be provided with all the information and resources needed for your course, help to get you set up, and support when you need it. All you need is a computer, an internet connection and a comfy chair! 

Doing an online course doesn't mean you'll sitting reading a screen all by yourself, with nobody to talk to and no lecturer to help you — online courses take place in a virtual classroom and can include a range of activities including discussions, online chats, journals and blogs, social media, quizzes, web quests and project activities to keep things interesting. You'll be able to interact with your classmates, and your lecturer. 

Are those courses on the list completely online?

Yes, some of the courses on the list can be done completely online. However some of the courses require a practical component which can't be done online, or some may be a mix of online and face to face learning. If that's the case for your course, we'll tell you what's required such as whether you'll need to attend any training on campus.

You may also need to attend on campus when it's time for an assessment of competency to get your qualification or Statement of Attainment. 

We are following all current health advice, including physical distancing and cleaning, to ensure your safety if you need to attend training at this time. 

I don't have a fancy new computer, can I still study online?

You will need a computer that can browse the internet, and basic programs such as Microsoft Word and email to do your work. You may also need to download programs such as Zoom so that you can take part in class meetings.

If you are concerned that your computer is not suitable, please contact our student services team who will be able to advise you on the exact requirements for your course and ensure you have the resources available to you. 

General Information 

What is a unit of competency?

A vocational education and training (VET) qualification is made up of a number of units of competency, and each of those units has defined learning outcomes based on the skills and knowledge it covers. Each unit of competency has a set number of "nominal hours" ie the indicative hours required to deliver and assess the unit. 

Some people choose to complete individual units, to pick up specific skills when they need to. For example, you may work as a fitter and machinist but you want to move into plant mechanics — you could complete some units from the Certificate III in Engineering Plant Mechanic qualification to gain the skills and knowledge you need for that.

Individual units of competency are also used to develop skill sets or short courses, that target a specific skills area. 

How do I apply and/or enrol in the skill sets or Lower fees, local skills qualifications?

Once you have decided how you're going to get skilled, and found a training provider that you’re happy with, the next step is to apply and/or enrol.

For the free Infection Control Skill Sets at TAFE colleges, you can enrol directly on their website. Please follow the link in our course list to access the enrolment process. 

For all other courses, follow the apply now clink on the course page.

For enrolment enquiries and information please contact our student services team on 1800 672 700 or via email.

Can I access VET student loans (VSL) for the Lower fees, local skills qualifications and/or job ready skill sets?

The Australian Government offers VET Student Loans (VSL) only for courses at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level. 

If your Lower fees, local skills qualification is at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level, you may be eligible for VSL.

Because the job ready skill sets are not full qualifications, they are not eligible for VSL.

What are VET student loans?

Eligible students can apply to get a loan to pay for their fees through the Australian Government’s VET Student Loans scheme (VSL). Under this scheme, once you’re employed and your income exceeds a set level, you start repaying the loan through the tax system.

For more information:

 

Page last updated July 31, 2020