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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.

  • 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. 

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

Free courses

^ Please note: Eligibility requirements apply to some of the free training.
^ Online availability varies at each campus. Some qualifications may require practical training and assessments to be done in person.
State ID: AE378
Industry Business and Finance
Free*
Online
Skill sets

Business Ready Skill Set

Be in the know and in demand.

Learn the essential skills you need to be ready for a career in any office. Get a step ahead of the workforce competition and set yourself up for success in any sector.

Study modes:

Flexible
On campus
Online

Every office will want an employee with these skills.

The Business Ready skill set will give you the skills and knowledge required to deliver all aspects of customer service including how to create a relationship with customers, identify their needs, deliver services or products and process customer feedback. You'll also learn how to use business technology and produce business documents, follow work health and safety (WHS) and emergency procedures and instructions, and use computer software and organise electronic information and data.

Want to study online?

This course has an online study option with the practical aspects of the course to be completed in a workplace or at our Geraldton campus. 

Skill set
State ID: AE375
Industry Business and Finance
Industry Health, Beauty and Fitness
Industry Hospitality, Tourism and Events
Free*
Skill sets

Customer Service Skill Set

Retail, finance, pharmacy, hospitality, business, tourism - same skills, any industry.

Learn to communicate effectively, provide quality service, and engage effectively with people from a range of social and cultural groups with respect and sensitivity. You'll also gain negotiation, conflict management and problem solving skills.

Delivered at:

Study modes:

On campus

Retail, finance, pharmacy, hospitality, business, tourism - same skills, any industry. 

In this skill set you'll learn to communicate effectively and provide quality service to both internal and external customers, and how to deal effectively with people from a range of social and cultural groups with respect and sensitivity. You'll also gain negotiation, conflict management and problem solving skills.

This skill set also includes following infection prevention and control policies and procedures, implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks in the workplace within a customer service context to ensure you're working safely.

Skill set
National ID: CHCSS00114
State ID: AE116
Industry Education and Community Services
Free*
Infection control
Skill sets

Entry into Care Roles Skill Set

Step up and step in to a caring industry.

Provide care, create plans, comply with infection control policies and procedures and ensure the safety of all with this timely skill set.

Study modes:

Flexible
On campus

Start your career in the community care industry.

In these unprecedented times, industries need workers to manage infection control while in the direct care of others.

There is increased opportunity for new workers to pick up skills in direct care and progress to an entry level role.

In an era of COVID-19 infection control, gain 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. 

Skill set
State ID: AE280
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Free*
Skill sets

Green Jobs - Seed Collection Skill Set

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to work on projects with conservation groups within the forestry or agriculture sector, nurseries and local councils.

Delivered at:

Study modes:

Flexible

Are you passionate about the environment? 

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to work on projects with conservation groups within the forestry or agriculture sector, nurseries and local councils. You will gain practical skills to support the collection, treatment and storage of seeds that can be applied to revegetation projects, habitat restoration and protection of existing and native vegetation. 

 

 

Skill set
State ID: AE451
Industry Maritime and Logistics
Free*
Skill sets

Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations Skill Set

Help keep WA moving.

This driver training program will get you ready to join the transport and logistics industry. Upon successful completion, you'll obtain one of the following licenses: Heavy Rigid; Heavy Combination; or Multi Combination class vehicle, and may apply for a forklift (LF) license.

Delivered at:

Study modes:

Intensive Blocks

Join the transport industry and keep WA moving.

This driver trainer program provides real, hands-on experience with practical hours in heavy haulage.  Upon successful completion, you'll be ready to join the transport and logistics industry, which currently has a huge demand for skilled workers. 

In this training program you will learn how to:
  • follow work health and safety procedures;
  • carry out inspection of trailers;
  • secure, load and unload cargo of goods;
  • apply work fatigue management strategies; and
  • use and maintain mechanical equipment.

The driving instruction training component of the program is conducted in a range of conditions and locations, with coaching from qualified and experienced drivers.

Participants will obtain one of the following licenses:

  • Heavy Rigid
  • Heavy Combination; or
  • Multi Combination class vehicle

You may also apply for a forklift (LF) licence

Note: Tuition fees are free for eligible students (see below). Additional resources fees may still apply for this course.

Skill set
National ID: HLTSS00064
State ID: AE112
Industry Health, Beauty and Fitness
Free*
Infection control
Skill sets

Infection control Skill Set

Skills that will keep people safe.

This skill set has been designed for the healthcare sector; specifically for those working in aged care or disability support to further develop essential skills in keeping themselves and their clients safe.

Study modes:

Blended Delivery
Flexible
Online

Keep yourself and clients safe.

Health and community care workers have gone above and beyond to support and care for those that are most vulnerable in our community, and with this skill set they can continue to confidently provide the best care for clients and keep both them and themselves safe from the risks of infections.

You will learn about following organisational infection prevention and control procedures including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks.

As part of this course students will complete:

  • Course pre-reading requirements
  • 1 day workshop on campus
  • Workplace assessment - The lecturer will visit the student at their workplace at an agreed date/time.  
Skill set
National ID: HLTSS00066
State ID: AE115
Industry Hospitality, Tourism and Events
Free*
Infection control
Skill sets

Infection control Skill Set (Food Handling)

Skills that will keep people safe.

Designed for those working in Hospitality, particularly in food handling and front of house. Learn how to confidently minimise the risk of infections in the workplace for you and your customers.

Delivered at:

Study modes:

Blended Delivery
Flexible
Online

Keep yourself and your customers safe. 

In these unprecedented times, new regulations need workers to manage infection control while providing food to the general public.

You will learn about following organisational infection prevention and control procedures including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks. Skills can be applied to specific food handling industry needs such as using kitchens and packaging areas, front of house, staff rooms and offices, food stock deliveries and vehicles, equipment storage, and bathrooms and toilets. 

As part of this course students will complete:

  • Course pre-reading requirements
  • 1 day workshop on campus
  • Workplace assessment - The lecturer will visit the student at their workplace at an agreed date/time.  

Gain these skills:

  • Introduction to Infection Control
  • Chain of Infection and Disease Transmission
  • Breaking the Chain of Infection
  • Contamination and Cleaning
  • Hazards, Risks, Responsibilities and Reporting
Skill set
National ID: HLTSS00065
State ID: AE114
Industry Health, Beauty and Fitness
Free*
Infection control
Skill sets

Infection control Skill Set (Retail)

Skills that will keep people safe.

This skill set provides those working in the retail industry with the skills and knowledge to confidently minimise the risk of infections in the workplace for themselves and customers.

Delivered at:

Study modes:

Blended Delivery
Flexible
Online

Keep yourself and your customers safe in the workplace.

In these unprecedented times, new regulations need workers in retail businesses to manage infection control. 

Skills can be applied to specific retail industry needs such as stand alone stores, shopping centres, cinemas and game arcades, petrol stations and convenience stores, supermarkets, retail areas within beauty salons, hairdressing salons, barbers and sporting facilities including gyms, markets and museums and galleries.

You will learn about following organisational infection prevention and control procedures including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks. 

As part of this course students will complete:

  • Course pre-reading requirements
  • 1 day workshop on campus
  • Workplace assessment - The lecturer will visit the student at their workplace at an agreed date/time.  

Gain these skills:

  • Introduction to Infection Control
  • Chain of Infection and Disease Transmission
  • Breaking the Chain of Infection
  • Contamination and Cleaning
  • Hazards, Risks, Responsibilities and Reporting

Maintain your ability to work safely and within government requirements; or, if you are a business owner - prepare your business for compliance by including your staff in training, raising their capability in ensuring the safety of staff and customers in your workplace.

 

Skill set
National ID: HLTSS00067
State ID: AE113
Industry Maritime and Logistics
Free*
Infection control
Skill sets

Infection control Skill Set (Transport and Logistics)

Skills that will keep people safe.

Learn to work work safely and within government requirements, or prepare your business for compliance by ensuring the safety of staff and customers in your workplace.

Delivered at:

Study modes:

Blended Delivery
Flexible
Online

Learn to control COVID-19 related infection in transport and logistics.

In these unprecedented times, new regulations need workers to manage infection control while in the supply chain of essential goods and services.

Skills can be applied to transport and logistics industry needs such as offices, depots, customer sites, roadside service areas, service centres, distribution centres, client workplaces, commercial buildings, residential buildings, vehicles including public transport vehicles, and yards and storage facilities.  

As part of this course students will complete:

  • Course pre-reading requirements
  • 1 day workshop on campus
  • Workplace assessment - The lecturer will visit the student at their workplace at an agreed date/time.  

Gain these skills:

  • Introduction to Infection Control
  • Chain of Infection and Disease Transmission
  • Breaking the Chain of Infection
  • Contamination and Cleaning
  • Hazards, Risks, Responsibilities and Reporting
Skill set
State ID: AE439
Industry Education and Community Services
Free*

Integrating Mental Health Practice Skill Set

Provide care to clients experiencing mental health illness

This skill set is suitable for those currently working in community services looking to upskill, or for those wanting to gain an introduction into the sector.

Delivered at:

Study modes:

On campus

Gain the skills to work with clients experiencing a mental health illness

This short course will provide those working in the community services sector with the skills to assist clients who are experiencing mental health concerns and respond to the increasing need for mental health awareness. 

The community mental health sector values employees with strong ‘soft’ skills and the capacity to provide person-centred, recovery-focussed care. This skill set provides people who are interested in working in the sector the opportunity to determine if it is the right fit for them and understand and develop foundational skills for entry into the sector.

Skill set
State ID: AE617
Industry Business and Finance
Free*
Online
Skill sets

Operate a Small Business Skill Set

Self-made starts here.

Learn the ins and outs of running your own business and gain the skills and knowledge to take your operation to new heights. Go forward with efficiency, confidence and expertise towards a successful small business.

Study modes:

Flexible
On campus
Online

Learn the skills for business success. 

If you own a small business or would like to open a business this course gives you a range of skills to help you develop processes to ensure your business thrives.

Learn about producing business documents, small business practices, WHS laws, and how to use social media to your advantage.

Skill set
State ID: AE386
Industry Building and Construction
Free*
Skill sets

Work Safety in Construction Skill Set

Construction work is happening all across WA, and builders need skilled workers who are ready to get on-site.

This skill set will get you job ready for entry level roles in the construction field, such as trades assistant (TA) or general labourer, and it covers how to follow mandatory work health and safety requirements in accordance with safety legislative requirements as well as infection control and prevention procedures to ensure you're working safely.

Delivered at:

Study modes:

On campus

Construction work is happening all across WA, and builders need skilled workers who are ready to get on-site.

The Work Safely in Construction skill set will get you job ready for entry level roles in the construction field, such as trades assistant (TA) or general labourer, and it covers how to follow mandatory work health and safety requirements in accordance with safety legislative requirements as well as infection control and prevention procedures to ensure you're working safely.

You'll learn how to use a range of construction equipment and tools including levelling devices, skills to work in a construction team, and basic construction work applications for new and existing structures including residential homes, units and apartments. 

Skill set
State ID: AE379
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Free*
Skill sets

Work in Agriculture Skill Set

This course is the ideal introductory training opportunity for those new to the agricultural and rural industries.

Delivered at:

Study modes:

On campus

Start your career in the agricultural industry. 

This course is the ideal introductory training opportunity for those new to the agricultural and rural industries. You will gain an introduction to essential farming skills including how to handle and apply chemicals, weed control, tractor operations, how to operate machinery and equipment and health and safety practices. 

Skill set
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