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Free in '23

Exciting news for 2023!

Selected full qualifications will be 100% course fee-free and all Job Ready short course skill sets will be fully fee-free from 1 January 2023! And in even better news, the eligibility criteria for this free training is being expanded so that more people living in Western Australia can access the free courses.

This free training will focus on priority industry areas to help build WA's skilled workforce, support our employers and businesses, and create employment and career opportunities for all Western Australians.

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  • Meet current and future needs in the care economy, including jobs like childcare, aged care, disability care, nursing and community services;
  • target priority industries including technology and digital, hospitality and tourism, construction, agriculture and defence;
  • provide opportunities for priority groups in the Western Australian community including:
    • Aboriginal people;
    • youth under 25;
    • jobseekers;
    • women seeking to enter or re-enter the workforce;
    • people with disability; and
    • humanitarian migrants, including refugees from Ukraine and Afghanistan.

FREE IN ’23 courses include options to train for work in industries including healthcare and social assistance, information and communications technology, building and construction, transport, defence, hospitality and tourism, and agriculture.

There's never been a better time to study at TAFE!

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. Opportunities for the future start here at Central Regional TAFE with a range of free skill sets and half-price qualifications.

Select one of the options below to find out more.

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Free courses
Half price courses
Free Infection control courses
Skill Sets

 

Half price courses

How would you like to get a nationally recognised and accredited qualification but pay only half-price course fees? Sometimes fees are even less than half price. We also have fee caps of $400 for 15-24 year olds or eligible concession students and $1,200 for non-concession students.  

There's a large range of qualifications available, all carefully matched with skills employers are looking for and in industries with a high demand for skilled workers. 

More half price courses announced for 2022!

That's right! You now have more courses to choose from with an additional six added to the Lower fees, local skills list from January 2022. The additional courses were determined in consultation with industry and feedback from the Regional Skills Summits to address local skills shortages. 

You can apply for all courses now. 

View all half price courses

More about the fee cap

Lower fees, local skills half-price qualifications are free for everyone, but it gets better! There's an annual fee cap as well. This means that regardless of how much your course fees actually are, you will not pay more than a set total amount per qualification or course per year. The fees cap is set at $400 for eligible concession students and $1,200 for non-concession students.

The following people will be eligible for the $400 annual course fees cap under Lower fees, local skills

  • All students aged 15—24 years
  • 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
  • Persons and dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution
  • Secondary school-aged persons, not enrolled at school

Free Courses

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.  

These free 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. Some are also available for blended or online study. 

Free training courses are broken up into the below two categories:

Free* Job Ready Skill Sets

Not all jobs need a full qualification, and maybe you don't either — skill sets are the perfect solution. 

Some are 100% free for everyone including:

* Others are free for eligible students - including displaced workers, concession students and youth up to 25 years (not at school).  There are fee paying options for those that don't meet the eligibility.

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  • 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

Don't meet the eligibility? That's ok this skill set is also available for fee paying students.

Free Infection Control Skill Sets

Get skilled in the safe management of infection control in the workplace and 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. 

These skill sets are 100% free for everyone. 

View the Infection Control Course List

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.

We are here to help every step of the way.

Ph: 1800 672 700 | Email: info@crtafe.wa.edu.au 

In person: Main Administration Building | Open 8am - 5pm, Mon -Fri

Frequently Asked Questions

Free training (Infection Control and Job Ready Skill Sets)

The “free for everyone” training is available to all permanent 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, or 820 or 826;
  • 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.
  • Students who are still at school are not eligible*, and cannot enrol in the free training.

* In 2022, Year 12 school students who are leaving school can access a subsidised training place from 24 October 2022.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s VET Fees and charges policy Opens in a new window(opens in a new tab)  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. 

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

Skills Sets

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. 

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. 

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

The Lower fees, local skills courses are available to permanent 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, or 820 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 (opens in a new tab) 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.

The Lower fees, local skills program commenced on 1 January 2020, with half-price course fees to be in place for eligible courses until 31 December 2021.

Initially, 34 qualifications were available. Any units of competency in these qualifications commenced by new or continuing students 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.

On 1 July 2020, an additional 39 qualifications were added. Any units of competency commenced by new or continuing students in these 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.

A further 107 qualifications will be added from 1 January 2021. Any units of competency commenced by new or continuing students in these qualifications from that date — until 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.

A full list of all qualifications on the Lower fees, local skills program, and the date from which the fee change applies, can be found on the Department of Training and Workforce Development website. (opens in a new tab)  

The following people will be entitled to a concession fee rate on the Lower fees, local skills courses. 

  • Persons born on or after 1 July 2003, who are aged 15 years or older and have left school* 
  • Persons and dependents of persons in receipt of services from one of the following Commonwealth support or employment services programs: 
    - Workforce Australia; or
    - ParentsNext
  • 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

*In 2022, Year 12 school students who are leaving school can access a subsidised training place from October 2022.

Concession eligibility is outlined in the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s VET fees and charges policy(opens in a new tab) .

A full list of all qualifications on the Lower fees, local skills program can be found on our course list page.

Please note: Course fees are half price or less for the Lower fees, local skills qualifications, however you may be required to pay other fees for resources that are specifically needed for your course. Please check with your TAFE or training provider for details. 

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. 

For more information about Fees and payment options click the link below:

Fees and payment options

The "annual fees cap" means that regardless of how much your annual course fees actually are, under Lower fees, local skills you will not pay more than the capped amountThere are two course fee caps, which one you pay depends on whether you are entitled to receive a concession rate or are aged at least 15 years of age but have not reached the end of the year in which you turn 25.

  • The concession rate annual 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.

A full list of all qualifications on the Lower fees, local skills program can be found on our course list page.

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. 

The following people will be entitled to a concession rate course fees cap of $400.

  • Persons aged 15—24 years and have left school* at the time of enrolment
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving JobKeeper payment
  • Persons and dependents of persons in receipt of services from one of the following Commonwealth support or employment services programs:
                       - 
    Workforce Australia; or
                       - ParentsNext
  • 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

* In 2022, Year 12 school students who are leaving school can access a subsidised training place from 24 October 2022.

Please note that only course fees are reduced and included in the fees cap; other fees may apply for some of these Lower fees, local skills courses.  

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.

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. 

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

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. 

Pre-apprenticeships and pre-traineeships courses are also available under Lower fees, local skills; to help you prepare to get an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Please note that the lower 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 to 31 December 2025. 

If your apprenticeship or traineeship is likely to go beyond 2025, please speak to your TAFE college or training provider for information on how this might affect your course fees. 

Please note: In addition to course fees, you may be required to pay other fees for resources that are specifically needed for your course. Contact us for more information. 

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 2025, 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.

Fees and payment options

Online courses and learning online

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. 

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. 

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 

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. 

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.

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:

Free and reduced-fee training courses

From 1 January 2023, Job Ready skill sets will be 100% fee-free for everyone*. All fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government, so that there is no cost to you.

From 1 January 2023, course fees selected qualifications will also be free for everyone*. There may be some additional fees that apply for these qualifications — please see the FAQs below about fees.

*Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training from 1 January 2023. Please refer to the information under Who can access subsidised training such as the free or reduced-fee qualifications? below.

Free courses available from 1 January 2023

  • If you commenced units in a course or skill set prior to it becoming free from 1 January 2023, you will pay the regular course fee rate for those units until 31 December 2022. Training will become fee-free from 1 January 2023.
  • If you commence units in a course or skill set on or after 1 January 2023, you will be eligible for a refund if you paid fees previous to that date.

If you think you may have overpaid for your course, please contact your TAFE college or training provider to request a review of your payment and a refund if applicable.

This will depend on the qualification or course you choose.

Free Job Ready skill sets from 1 January 2023
All of the Job Ready skill sets are 100% FEE-FREE from 1 January 2023 for all* students. You will pay no course fees, resource fees, or any other fees.

Free qualifications (from 1 January 2023)
For the free qualifications starting from 1 January 2023, there is no course fee cost*. Other fees, such as for resources, may apply.

Lower fees, local skills qualifications
Other fees, such as resource fees, may apply to some of the Lower fees, local skills qualifications.

What are resource fees?
Resource fees cover materials purchased by the TAFE or training provider that are required for and used during your training; such as workshop materials, workbooks and essential uniforms. For example; you may need to use timber for a course in carpentry — you would pay a resource fee to cover this cost.

*Please note: Some eligibility conditions apply for the free and/or subsidised training. Please refer to the information under Who can access subsidised training such as the free or reduced-fee qualifications?

Fees for vocational education and training courses are set by the Department of Training and Workforce Development's VET fees and charges policy.

Please refer to your TAFE college or training provider for details of any fees that may apply for the course you're interested in.