Higher Level Skills Program

The Higher Level Skills program is a key initiative under the Queensland Government's five-year training reform action plan, Great skills, Real opportunities. 

The program provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to access one subsidised training place in selected certificate IV level and above qualifications, or priority skill sets.

The aim is to assist individuals to gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in priority industries or to transition to university. Employers may also be able to access training to address workforce development needs.

The Higher Level Skills program supports eligible individuals to complete a nationally recognised certificate IV, diploma or advanced diploma level qualification or a priority skill set, to gain the higher level skills required to:

  • secure employment or advance their career in a priority industry; or
  • to transition to university to continue their studies.

The Higher Level Skills program will also provide eligible employers or industry with the capacity to address current workforce development needs that are adversely impacting on productivity where individual employees meet the program’s eligibility requirements.


To be eligible to undertake training under Higher Level Skills program, prospective students must meet the following eligibility criteria.

You must:

  • be aged 15 years or above and no longer at school
  • permanently reside in Queensland
  • be an Australian Citizen, Australian permanent resident, including humanitarian entrant, a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen: and finally
  • not hold or be enrolled, in a Certificate IV or higher level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills.

It is important to note that students can only access subsidised training under the Higher Level Skills program once.

Specific restrictions may also apply to participation in certain subsidised qualifications. 
Any additional eligibility requirements will be based on industry advice or requirements under the relevant national training package, and will be detailed in the Queensland Training Subsidies List. 

The government also pays a higher subsidy to encourage and support participation by concessional students. Concessional student status applies when: 

  • the student holds a health care concession card or pensioner concession card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a health care concession card or pensioner concession card, and is named on the card
  • the student provides the pre-qualified supplier with an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the student, his or her partner or the person of whom the student is a dependant, is entitled to concessions under a health care or pensioner concession card 
  • the student is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander 
  • the student has a disability; and
  • the student is an adult prisoner.

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Qualifications Offered and Student Co-Contribution Fees

Course Concessional Non Concessional
CHC40315 Certificate IV in Ageing Support $29 $39
CHC43315 Certificate IV in Disability* ^ $29 $39

Pricing current as at 11 April 2017

^students wishing to enrol into this qualification must be existing workers currently working in the Community Services Industry

Our Fees, Charges and Refund Policy 

For more information about the Higher Level Skills Program download the Student factsheet
For further information on the Higher Level Skills program visit the Training Queensland website at www.training.qld.gov.au or phone the call centre on 1300 369 935.

The Higher Level Skills Program is funded by the Department of Education, Training and Employment Queensland.