There's never been a better time to get into training!

How about a free training course — yes... free! You can also choose from over 180 qualifications with course fees slashed by half or more, or new skill sets — fast track training to get you job ready.  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! Select one of the options below to find out more.
 

 

This program is funded by JobTrainer— a joint initiative of the Western Australian and Commonwealth  Governments. 

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? Or even less than half price! And how about a fees cap?  From tourism and hospitality to civil construction, dental assisting to commercial cookery, aged care to engineering, 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 these qualifications are matched up with the skills employers are looking for, so you'll be job ready! 

Lower fees, local skills course fees slashed!
Lower fees, local skills course fees slashed!
Lower fees, local skills course fees slashed!
Lower fees, local skills course fees slashed!
Lower fees, local skills course fees slashed!

New! More course fees slashed in 2021!

There's already over 70 qualifications with course fees slashed by half or more, and from January 2021 another 107 qualifications will be added in exciting new study areas! 

Get in early — these courses will fill fast!

Look for this 2021 icon on the course list, to see the new Lower fees, local skills qualifications that will have their course fees slashed from 1 January 2021. 

You can also select this icon at the top of the course list, to display a full list. 

Show me the new courses for 2021!

What qualifications have course fees slashed right now?

There's 73 Lower fees, local skills qualifications with course fees slashed by half price — some by up to 72 per cent — available right now!

These reduced fees courses are available at WA TAFE colleges and private training providers. 

Look for this half price icon on the course list, to see the new Lower fees, local skills qualifications that currently have their course fees slashed. 

You can also select this icon at the top of the course list, to display a full list. 

Show me the half price qualifications!

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

An annual fees cap applies for course fees on all of the Lower fees, local skills qualifications — including those coming up in 2021. This means that regardless of how much your course fees actually are, you will not pay more than a set total amount for course fees per qualification or course per year. The course fees cap is set at $400 for eligible concession students, and $1,200 for non-concession students.

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.  

Check our FAQs for more information about how the half price fees and fees caps work 

Who is eligible for the annual course fee cap of $400?

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

  • Persons aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding students enrolled at school)
  • 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:
    • Jobactive
    • Online Employment Services
    • 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

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.  

For more details about how the half price course fees and annual fees cap work, please read our FAQs, or speak to your TAFE college or training provider.  

Grab your place — Apply or enrol now!

WA TAFE colleges and training providers are open for applications!  To find out about how to apply or enrol, follow the links within the qualification information in our course list  to visit the TAFE or training provider’s website.

If you want to study full time at TAFE, you may need to apply through TAFE Admissions.  For more information, visit the Full time studies guide website which provides information on full time courses offered each semester by WA TAFE colleges and includes information on entry requirements and selection criteria for competitive courses.

View the full list of Skills Ready courses

Check our Skills Ready frequently asked questions 

Maybe you're interested in a particular area of study, training for a specific job, or you have a career pathway in mind?

Select from these industry areas to check out what free courses, half price qualifications, skill sets and online courses are available. 


Get 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. 

These free skill sets have been developed from nationally recognised vocational training, and are now available from TAFE colleges and a selection of private training providers across WA — some are also available online. 
 

 The free training focuses on the following two options.
 

  • Infection control skill sets — free for everyone
     
  • Job Ready skill sets — some are free for everyone, and others are free for eligible students 


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

Get skills ready in retail.
Get skills ready in disability support.
Get skills ready in transport operations.
Get skills ready in healthcare.
Get skills ready in aged care.
Get skills ready in hospitality.

Infection control skill sets — Free for everyone!

Infection control on a worksite.

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 to safely manage 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.

To see all of the free infection control skill sets, visit the Skills Ready course list and choose the Infection Control icon

 

 

What are the free infection control skill sets, and how will they get me job ready skill sets? Take a look at the full list below to find out more!
COVID-19 Direct Care skill set (aged care or disability support)

The COVID-19 Direct Care skill set (course code AE161) 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 nationally accredited units of competency chosen to get you job ready for entry-level employment in  aged care or disability support in Western Australia.

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

Completing this free skill set will be recognised by a Statement of Attainment for the units listed above. This will provide credit towards a range of qualifications where these skills are required, giving you great options for further study including the half price course fees qualifications in aged care, disability care and individual support that are available through Lower fees, local skills such as the following.

  • Certificate II in Introduction to Aged Care (including Aged Care pre-traineeship)
  • Certificate II in Introduction to Disability Care (including Disability Care pre-traineeship)
  • Certificate III in Individual Support » Certificate III in Individual Support Ageing
  •  Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

Download the COVID-19 Direct Care skill set information flyer

Entry Into Care Roles (direct client care) Available online!

The free Entry Into Care Roles skill set (course code CHCSS00114) 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 nationally accredited units of competency.

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

Completing this free skill set will be recognised by a Statement of Attainment for the units listed above. This will provide credit towards a range of qualifications where these skills are required, giving you great options for further study including the half price course fees qualifications in aged care, disability care and individual support that are available through Lower fees, local skills such as the following.
 

  • Certificate III in Individual Support

This skill set is available online — please check the Skills Ready course list for details

Please note: The minimum age requirement for the Entry into Care Roles skill set is 18 years.

Download the Entry into Care skill set information flyer

NEW! Infection control (cross sector) Available online!

The Infection control (cross sector) skill set is designed to equip workers from all industries with the skills and knowledge to reduce the risk and transmission of infection, while carrying out routine work activities.

This training is suited to a wide range of workplaces including small, medium and large organisations; business environments, and where workers use shared facilities and interact with clients.

The skill set is comprised of the following nationally accredited unit of competency.

  • BSBWGS332X Apply infection prevention and control procedures to own work activities

Completing this free skill set will be recognised by a Statement of Attainment for the unit listed above. This will provide credit towards qualifications where these skills are required, including the Certificate III in Business, giving you great options for further study. 

This skill set is available online — please check the Skills Ready course list for details

Download the Infection control (cross sector) skill set information flyer

Infection prevention and control policies and procedures: Food handling (hospitality) Available online!

This free skill set (course code HLTSS00066) is designed to give you job ready skills in infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks. 

This skill set is suited to those working in hospitality, particularly in food handling and front of house. The skills and knowledge from this skill set can be applied to specific industry and workplace settings such as working in kitchens and/or food service, preparation and packaging areas, food and equipment storage areas, staff rooms, food stock deliveries, bathrooms and toilets. It can get you job ready to work in restaurants, commercial kitchens, cafés and other food service businesses. 

Completing this free skill set will be recognised by a Statement of Attainment for the nationally accredited unit of competency HLTINFCOV001 — Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures. This will provide credit towards a range of qualifications where infection control skills are required, giving you great options for further study including the half price course fees qualifications in hospitality and tourism that are available through Lower fees, local skills

This skill set is available online — please check the Skills Ready course list for details

Download the Infection prevention and control: Food handling skill set information flyer

Infection prevention and control policies and procedures: Retail Available online!

This free skill set (course code HLTSS00065) is designed to give you job ready skills in infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks. 

This skill set is suited to those working in retail. The skills and knowledge from this skill set can be applied to specific industry settings and workplaces such as supermarkets, specialty stores and department stores, community stores, shopping centres, cinemas and game arcades, petrol stations, and retail areas within beauty salons, gyms and hairdressing salons. You will learn about infection prevention and control specific to a retail setting; for example keeping point of sale equipment and changing rooms hygienic.  

Completing this free skill set will be recognised by a Statement of Attainment for the nationally accredited unit of competency HLTINFCOV001 — Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures. This will provide credit towards a range of qualifications where infection control skills are required, giving you great options for further study including the half price course fees qualifications that are available through Lower fees, local skills

This skill set is available online — please check the Skills Ready course list for details

Download the Infection prevention and control: Retail skill set information flyer

Infection prevention and control policies and procedures: Transport and logistics Available online!

This free skill set (course code HLTSS00067) is designed to give you job ready skills in infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks. 

This skill set is suited to those working in transport and logistics. The skills and knowledge from this skill set can be applied to specific industry  and workplace settings such as transport depots, customer sites, distribution centres, roadside service areas, customer service centres, stock rooms, public transport and other vehicles, commercial and residential buildings and storage facilities.  You will learn about infection prevention and control specific to a transport and logistics role; for example handling incoming and outgoing stock.  

Completing this free skill set will be recognised by a Statement of Attainment for the nationally accredited unit of competency HLTINFCOV001 — Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures. This will provide credit towards a range of qualifications where infection control skills are required, giving you great options for further study including the half price course fees qualifications in warehousing and transport and logistics that are available through Lower fees, local skills

This skill set is available online — please check the Skills Ready course list for details

Download the Infection prevention and control: Transport skill set information flyer

Infection Control: Healthcare  Available online!

This free Infection Control skill set (course code HLTSS00064)  has been designed for the healthcare sector and is available as an online course. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of knowing  practice safe infection control procedures. This skill set will provide you with the skills and knowledge to assist in protecting yourself and others in the community from infectious diseases.  It is available from all WA TAFE colleges, and is offered as an online course.

Areas covered include the following. 

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

This online course allows you to undertake studies within your own timeframe, with support from your lecturer. 

Completing this free skill set will be recognised by a Statement of Attainment for the nationally accredited unit of competency HLTINF001 — Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures. This will provide credit towards a range of qualifications where infection control skills are required, giving you great options for further study including the half price course fees qualifications in the healthcare industry that are available through Lower fees, local skills

This skill set is available online — please check the Skills Ready course list for details

Download the Infection Control: Healthcare skill set information flyer

  • Please note that  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. 
  • Some eligibility conditions apply for free training. Please refer to our FAQs for full details.  
  • For further information about the free infection control skill sets, including where they are available and how to enrol, please select 'Infection control' from the Skills Ready course list 
  • For details about the free training available through Skills Ready, please browse our FAQs 

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.    

A skills ready person working in a commercial kitchen.
A skills ready person working in agriculture.
Working in construction.
A skills ready person working in cyber security.
A skills ready person working in hospitality.
A skills ready person working in community service.

Job ready skill sets that are 100% free for everyone

  • Operating a Small Business
  • Heavy Haulage Driving Operations
  • More coming soon!

Job Ready skill sets are 100% free for 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

Fees apply for non-eligible students. All enquiries regarding eligibility for free courses should be made directly to your TAFE college or training provider.

To see all of the job ready skill sets, visit the Skills Ready course list and choose the Skills Set icon

 

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. To help you choose the skill set that's right for you, we have put together an outline of each and the type of work it will get you job ready for. If you would like further information about options to get skills ready, you can call your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.

What skills will I get from these job ready skill sets? Take a look at the full list below to find out more!
Broadacre Harvest Operations (Agriculture)

How would you like to work in harvesting operations as part of Western Australia's agriculture industry? From the beautiful pastures of WA's south west, through to the golden fields of the Wheatbelt, it's not only a career but can also be a lifestyle!

The Broadacre Harvest Operations skill set will get you job ready for the agricultural industry, giving you the skills and knowledge to safely undertake employment for harvest operations in the broadacre sector. You will learn how to safely operate a range of agricultural machinery used for harvest — for example a tractor, header, augur and chaser-bin, and also learn how to undertake agricultural crop harvesting.

This skill set is ideal for anyone wanting to enter the agricultural industry and gain employment as a farm worker during harvest, or as a starting point for a career in ag. It's perfect for school leavers, career changers, or anyone wanting to update their skills according to current industry practices and equipment.

Further study pathways

This skill set provides a pathway to further study in the following Lower fees, local skills half price course fees qualifications.

  • Certificate III in Agriculture

Other qualifications for further study include the following.

  • Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)
  • Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management
  • Certificate III in Indigenous Land Management
  • Certificate III in Production Horticulture
  • Certificate II I in Rural Machinery Operations 
  • Certificate III in Rural Operations

Download the Broadacres Harvest Operations skill set information flyer

Business Ready

Almost every business has an office — and there's no shortage of job opportunities here! From administration work through to customer service, using business technology, dealing with accounts and finances through to digital marketing — you just need to be skills ready!

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. It also includes infection control and prevention procedures to ensure you're working safely.

Further study pathways

This skill set provides a pathway to further study in the following Lower fees, local skills half price course fees qualifications.

  • Certificate IV in Business
  • Certificate IV in Project Management Practice
  • Certificate IV in Human Resources

Other qualifications for further study include the following.

  • Certificate II in Business
  • Certificate II in Community Services
  • Certificate II in Financial Services
  • Certificate II in Customer Engagement
  • Certificate II in Business 

Download the Business Ready skill set information flyer

Commercial Kitchen

How would you like to be part of a team producing beautiful food in one of WA's restaurants, cafes, bars, resorts or hotels? This skill set covers all the 'must know' skills that employers are looking for, so you'll be skills ready and job ready! It covers how to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks to ensure you're working COVID-safe.

In the Commercial Kitchen skill set, you'll learn about the safe use of commercial kitchen equipment, how to  clean food preparation areas, storage areas, and equipment efficiently and minimising negative environmental impacts, preventing food contamination including how to identify and control food hazards, and gain general kitchen and food preparation skills.

Jobs that could lead from this skill set includes cooks, chefs, caterers, kitchen stewards, kitchen hands, and bar and food and beverage servers and attendants.

Further study pathways

This skill set provides a pathway to further study in the following Lower fees, local skills half price course fees qualifications.

  • Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
  • Certificate III in Hospitality
  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Other qualifications for further study include the following.

  • Certificate II in Hospitality
  • Certificate III in Catering

Download the Commercial Kitchen skill set information flyer

Customer Service

Retail, finance, pharmacy, hospitality, business, tourism... what industry doesn't have customers!  Good customer service  and communication skills are highly valued by employers in many different industries and areas of work, and this skill set will get you job ready with exactly the skills you need.

The Customer Service skill set 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. You'll also 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.

Further study pathways

This skill set provides a fast track pathway to further study in the following Lower fees, local skills half price course fees qualifications.

  • Certificate IV in Dental Assisting
  • Certificate III in Hospitality
  • Certificate III in Tourism
  • Certificate III in Events
  • Certificate III in Guiding

Other qualifications for further study include the following.

  • Certificate III in Business
  • Certificate III in Retail Services
  • Certificate IV in Hospitality
  • Certificate IV in Customer Engagement

Download the Customer Service skill set flyer

Heavy Haulage Driving Operations FREE for everyone!

This skill set is 100% free for everyone!


If you like the idea of driving the big trucks across our great State of Western Australia, and getting things from point A to B, this is the skill set for you! The heavy haulage industry provides an essential service and now here's your chance to be part of that. 

In the Heavy Haulage Driving Operations skill set, you'll learn about safely loading, unloading and handling materials and cargo, interpreting maps and navigating haulage routes, carrying out calculations related to loads and routes, managing fatigue and other health and safety risks, working in a team, and the legislation and regulations that apply to the industry.  The skill set also includes infection control and prevention procedures to ensure you're working COVID-safe. 

The Western Road Federation will work with its industry partners to ensure course participants have at least one interview with an industry employer within a month of completing the program.

Hospitality Service (includes RSA and barista training!)

With restrictions easing across WA, our hospitality industry is getting back into full busy mode and the jobs are out there! If you're keen to work in a restaurant, hotel, resort, club, bar or cafe environment, the Hospitality Service skill set is for you.

You'll learn about responsible service of alcohol (RSA), get some barista skills to use commercial machines and make a perfect espresso, communicating effectively and providing quality service to customers including the how to establish rapport with customers and determine and address customer needs, and responding and managing complaints. You'll also learn how to process cash and other payments using business technology, and reconcile takings at the end of the service period or day. The skill set also includes infection control and prevention procedures and food safety to ensure you're working safely.

Further study pathways

This skill set provides a pathway to further study in the following Lower fees, local skills half price course fees qualifications.

  • Certificate III in Hospitality
  • Certificate II in Kitchen Operations

Other qualifications for further study include the following.

  • Certificate II in Hospitality
  • Certificate III in Hospitality (General Front of House)
  • Certificate III in Hospitality Operations
  • Certificate III in Hospitality (Food and Beverage)

Download the Hospitality Service skill set information flyer

Introduction to Cyber security 

Sounds cool, right? That's because it is! COVID-19 has changed the way we live and work, with so many things now being done online, which has led to the need for skilled workers to protect our online safety and security. Cyber security is a key jobs growth area, so this is a great place to start.

The Introduction to Cyber Security skill set covers critical skills and knowledge to get you job ready and give your career a good kickstart!  You'll learn about professional and ethical conduct in an ICT workplace, how to manage personal and sensitive data and information in a confidential and professional manner, recognising and identifying cybersecurity needs in an organisation, how to undertake security fundamentals in relation to personal and networked computers. 

Further study pathways

This skill set provides a pathway to further study in the following Lower fees, local skills half price course fees qualifications.

  • Certificate IV in Cyber Security

Other qualifications for further study include the following.

  • Certificate IV in Information Technology Support (Support)
  • Certificate IV in Information Technology (Systems analysis and Design)
  • Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking (Networking)
  • Certificate IV in Information Technology Support (Support)

Download the Introduction to Cybersecurity skill set information flyer

NEW! Infrastructure Ready (includes your White Card!)

It’s an exciting time for the infrastructure industry in WA, with many large projects underway across Perth and regional areas; including METRONET and building, upgrading and maintaining schools and community facilities.

If you’re interested in getting job ready or reskilling for a challenging and rewarding career in infrastructure, this one’s for you!

The Infrastructure Ready skill set will prepare you for entry level roles in the infrastructure industry. You’ll learn about working safely on construction sites, carrying out measurements and calculations, how to prepare and organise construction work, and gain the skills to operate small plant and equipment used in construction projects. It contains six units of competency, which will give you credit towards a full qualification if you decide on further study.

Further study pathways

This skill set provides a pathway to further study in the following Lower fees, local skills half price course fees qualifications.

  • Certificate II in Civil Construction
  • Certificate II in Construction
  • Certificate III in Civil Construction
  • Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

Other qualifications for further study include the following.

  • Certificate IV in Building and Construction
  • Certificate IV in Civil Construction Design
  • Diploma of Civil Construction Design

Download the Infrastructure Ready Skill Set information flyer

NEW! Introduction to Production (Horticulture)

Would you like to be part of producing WA’s top quality horticultural crops, including tropical and temperate fruits, delicious vegetables and outstanding table wines?

You may be interested in tree cropping, fruit and vegetable production, grape growing or mushroom production – or working in a mixed enterprise – it’s an exciting industry with great career opportunities!

The Introduction to Production (Horticulture) Skill Set will get you job ready for safe work practice in the horticultural industry. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge to either plant or harvest a range of horticultural crops, depending on the season and location. It contains five units of competency, which will give you credit toward a full qualification if you decide on further study.

Further study pathways

This skill set provides a pathway to further study in the following Lower fees, local skills half price course fees qualifications.

  • Certificate III in Agriculture
  • Certificate II in Horticulture
  • Certificate III in Horticulture

Other qualifications for further study include the following.

  • Certificate II in Production Horticulture

Download the Introduction to Production (Horticulture) skill set information flyer

Job Ready Basics

The Job Ready Basics skill set is perfect if you feel that you need a little extra support and a confidence boost to get into a job. It focuses on health, wellbeing and personal development, and includes an infection control unit to get you workplace ready. 

Follow this up with a visit to your local Jobs and Skills Centre, where you can get free advice and support to with your CV and writing job applications, and you'll be job ready!

Further study pathways

This skill set could provide a pathway to further study in the following Lower fees, local skills half-price course fees qualifications.

  • Certificate III in Hospitality
  • Certificate II in Introduction to Disability Care
  • Certificate II in Introduction to Aged Care

Other qualifications for further study include the following.

  • Certificate II in Business
  • Certificate II in Financial Services
  • Certificate II in Customer Engagement
  • Certificate II in Community Service
  • Certificate II in Retail Services
  • Certificate II in Sport and Recreation

Download the Job Ready Basics skill set information flyer 

Logistics and Warehousing  (includes forklift licence!)

The Logistics and Warehousing skill set is perfect to get you job ready for a range of roles including general stocktaking and stock control, storage of goods and materials, supply chain operations, delivery services including for mail and consignments, overseeing the entry and dispatch of goods, fulfilling orders in a warehouse, and purchasing and supply of goods. 

You'll learn about legislation and regulations that apply to the industry, how to shift loads safely using manual handling methods and operate a forklift truck safely in accordance with all relevant legislative requirements. You'll also gain your forklift licence*. The skill set also includes infection control and prevention procedures to ensure you're working COVID-safe.

*Please note that students must be 18 years or older to enrol in this skill set, due to WorkSafe’s forklift licensing requirements.

Further study pathways

This skill set provides a pathway to further study in the following Lower fees, local skills half price course fees qualifications.

  • Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage

Other qualifications for further study include the following.

  • Certificate III in Logistics
  • Certificate IV in Logistics
  • Diploma of Logistics
  • Certificate II in Warehousing Operations
  • Certificate III in Warehousing Operations
  • Certificate IV in Warehousing

Download the Logistics and Warehousing skill set information flyer

Operating a Small Business FREE for everyone!

 This skill set is 100% free for everyone!

The Operating a Small Business skill set offers a fantastic range of skills and knowledge to get you job ready.  

This skill set will prepare you for operating a small business in a wide range of industries, whether you plan to work in an administrative role or you are running (or planning to run) your own business. You’ll learn how to:

  • design and produce business documents and publications;
  • digitally design and develop text-based documents;
  • develop spreadsheets through the use of both cloud-based and non-cloud based applications;
  • identify financial requirements of a business including profit targets, cash flow projections and strategies to gather financial support; and
  • understand workplace health and safety (WHS) legislation and its application to safe work practices.

It even covers how to create and build a social networking presence using social media tools and applications.

Further study pathways

This skill set provides a pathway to further study in the following Lower fees, local skills half price course fees qualifications.

  • Certificate III in Tourism
  • Certificate III in Events
  • Certificate IV in Business
  • Certificate IV in Project Management
  • Certificate IV in Human Resources

Other qualifications for further study include the following.

  • Certificate IV in Financial Practice Support
  • Certificate IV in Financial Services
  • Certificate IV in Business Administration

Download the Operating a Small Business skill set information flyer

Provide Individual Support

Many individuals require support services to help them live an independent and fulfilling life — including people with physical or intellectual disability, older people, and vulnerable members of the community. This is  highly rewarding work, but employers look for people who are job ready with basic skills and knowledge for entry level roles in one-on-one or  group support settings, or for administrative role in a care facility. With the Provide Individual Support skill set, that will be you! 

You'll learn about following a client's individual care or support plan to meet their personal support needs, how to comply with personal hygiene standards, maintain food safety, contribute to the cleanliness of food handling areas and dispose of food appropriately, prepare for and provide medication assistance and complete medication documentation, supporting a client to self-administer medication, safe work practices for the health and safety of yourself and your clients, and how to recognise potentially hazardous manual tasks and complete those tasks in a safe manner.  An infection control unit is also included. 

Further study pathways

This skill set provides a pathway to further study in the following Lower fees, local skills half price course fees qualifications.

  • Certificate III in Individual Support
  • Certificate II in Introduction to Disability Care (Disability pre-traineeship)
  • Certificate II in introduction to Aged Care (Aged care pre-traineeship)
  • Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • Certificate II in Health Support Services
  • Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
  • Certificate IV Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice
  • Certificate IV in Youth Work
  • Certificate IV in Disability

Other qualifications for further study include the following.

  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Community care)
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability work)

Download the Provide Individual Support skill set information flyer

Work in Agriculture

The agriculture sector in WA is an exciting and diverse area to work in, and it's not just all about growing crops — it offers an exciting mix of science, technology and nature. From working with livestock to using drone technology to manage large farms, the job opportunities are there once you're skills ready. This new skill set is the ideal introductory training opportunity for new entrants to the agricultural industry.

With the Work in Agriculture job ready skill set you'll learn about tractor operations under general supervision in the agriculture, horticulture and land management sectors, preparing and operating machinery and equipment, how to safely handle, prepare and apply chemicals for the control of pests, weeds and diseases, and carry out work health and safety procedures in the agriculture sector. 

Further study pathways

This skill set provides a fast track pathway to further study in the following Lower fees, local skills half-price course fees qualifications.
 

  • Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology
  • Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage
  • Certificate II in Rural Operations
  • Certificate II in Horticulture
  • Certificate III in Agriculture
  • Certificate III in Horticulture
  • Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management

Download the Work in Agriculture skill set information flyer

Work in Community Care

There's many job opportunities in the field of community care, which includes health care support and specialist areas such as social support.  The Work in Community Care skill set will give you a great starting point to get into the industry, as it covers important areas such as first aid, communicating with diverse people, and customer service in a community care setting. You'll also learn to follow organisational infection prevention and control policies and procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks to ensure you're working COVID-safe.

You'll be job ready, knowing how to provide a first aid response to a casualty in a range of situations,· greet clients and exchange routine information to provide a triage service, work respectfully with people from diverse social backgrounds and demonstrate cultural sensitivity, communicate effectively with clients, colleagues and management, and use workplace technology. 

Further study pathways

This skill set provides a pathway to further study in the following Lower fees, local skills half price course fees qualifications.

 

  • Certificate II in Health Support Services
  • Certificate II in Community Services
  • Certificate III in Community Services
  • Certificate III in Allied  Health Assistance
  • Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Certificate IV in Community Services
  • Certificate IV in Youth Work
  • Diploma of Nursing

Other qualifications for further study include the following.

  • Certificate II in Health Support Services
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Community care)

Download the Work in Community Care skill set information flyer

Work in Hospitality (includes RSA!)

WA has a large and vibrant hospitality industry — from bars and cafes through to world class restaurants and venues, hotels and resorts. Hospitality offers a range of both entry-level jobs and career development opportunities, and the Work in Hospitality skill set is the perfect introduction to the industry, giving you the critical skills employers are looking for.  

To get you job ready, you'll learn about areas of health and wellbeing and personal development, how to use workplace technology and business systems, and responsible service of alcohol (RSA). It also includes infection control and prevention procedures and food safety to ensure you're working safely.

Further study pathways

This skill set provides a pathway to further study in the following Lower fees, local skills half price course fees qualifications.

  • Certificate III in Hospitality
  • Certificate II in Kitchen Operations

Other qualifications for further study include the following.

  • Certificate II in Hospitality
  • Certificate III in Hospitality (General Front of House)
  • Certificate III in Hospitality Operations
  • Certificate III in Hospitality (Food and Beverage)

Download the Work in Hospitality skill set information flyer

Work Safely in Construction skills set

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

Further study pathways

This skill set provides a pathway to further study in the following Lower fees, local skills half price course fees qualifications.

  • Certificate II in Construction
  • Certificate II in Construction Pathways
  • Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying
  • Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
  • Certificate III in Solid Plastering
  • Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining

Other qualifications for further study include the following.

  • Certificate II in Building and Construction

Download the Work Safely in Construction skill set information flyer

*Some eligibility conditions apply for free training. Please refer to our FAQs for full details.   

Get skills ready online

Learning online can be a great way to get skills ready — 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 skills ready from anywhere, 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 set up, and support when you need it. 

A woman studying online.

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. 

To see all of courses that are available online, go to the Skills Ready course list and select the Online icon  

Occupations — Finding your fit

If you want to get skills ready so you can get a job, it's helpful to know about different occupations and the kind of work they involve.

What will be a good fit with who you are and what you want for your future, and what skills do you need to get into a particular occupation or job?

To help you find your fit, we have over 550 occupation profiles you can browse through — use the keyword search below, or visit our Occupation profiles page for other options including an A—Z list.

You can also take a look at our Get that job! page, for great tips and information to help with your job search and decision making. 
 

Please note that COVID-19 has impacted many occupations, and some of the information provided in the profiles may not reflect this.

Finding your fit.

Not sure what's right for you? We can help!

We have 13 Jobs and Skills Centres located throughout Perth and in regional areas all across WA. Whether you want a full qualification or a short course, refresh your skills or you're just getting started, your local JSC will listen to your story and help you choose the best option to reach your goals. 

Because the JSCs work closely with the local community, and local industry and employers, they know where the jobs are and what's happening in your area.There's no better place to go for advice and information about training or support for your job search, and best of all their services are free! 

Call your local JSC today on 13 64 64, or visit for a chat to find out how they can help you.

 

 

Skills Ready: Frequently asked questions

Here we have provided answers to some frequently asked questions about the Skills Ready program.

Please note that only general information is provided here — we recommend speaking directly to your TAFE or training provider if you require further details. 

Your local Jobs and Skills Centre can assist with free advice and information about choosing the right option to get you skills ready — call them on 13 64 64 or find your local JSC and visit in person.

General questions

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.
  • Students who are still at school are not eligible, and cannot enrol in the free skill sets. 

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 should be made to the TAFE college or private training provider.

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 skills set short course those units can count towards a full qualification if you decide to do further study. 

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. 

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. 

Do I have a choice of training providers?

Yes — the skill sets and Lower fees, local skills qualifications are available at Western Australian TAFE colleges, and some courses are also available from private training providers that are contracted by the Department of Training and Workforce Development to deliver them.

The full Skills Ready course list includes information about which TAFE colleges and private training providers are offering each of the skill sets and Lower fees, local skills qualifications. Please note that availability for some courses may be subject to an available training place.

Your local Jobs and Skills Centre can help you choose a training provider. For further information on approved providers, see Choosing a training provider on this website, or call your local Jobs and Skills Centre on  13 64 64.

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 private training providers, please follow the 'Find out more' link in the Skills Ready course list to go to their website where information about enrolment will be available. 

For all other courses, please refer to the information in the course description for each of the training providers listed as delivering that course.

It’s a good idea to contact your TAFE college or training provider directly or check their website for any eligibility requirements you need to meet, and to get the dates and other details for enrolling.  For some qualifications, you may be required to apply for a place. Each of the WA TAFE colleges provides this information on their website, as do most private training providers. 

General information about applying and enrolling is available here. If you would like some advice or assistance to apply for a course, your local Jobs and Skills Centre can help.

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

The $1,000 grant can only be put towards additional construction related training (separate to your apprenticeship training). It cannot be used to reduce the costs of apprenticeship training outlined in your training plan.

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

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 contact your training provider, visit the Australian Government's VET Student Loans website or contact the student hotline on 1800 020 108

Infection control skill sets (free for everyone)

Are all those infection control skill sets really free for everyone?

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

You do not have to be aged 15—24, or on a concession — all 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
  • Eligibility requirements apply to the free training (see the information under 'Who can access the free training?' above)
  • 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 free 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.

The 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 

The 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

Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures is designed to give you job ready skills related to following 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  so that you can choose the one that best matches with the type of work you're looking for or currently doing:

  • HLTSS00067— Transport and logistics
  • HLTSS00066 — Hospitality (food handling); or
  • HLTSS00065 — Retail.

The skill set HLTSS00064 Infection Control 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 the Skills Ready course list 
Are there any minimum age requirements for the free 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 free infection control skill sets, students must be 15 years of age or older.  

Job ready skill sets 

Which job ready skill sets are free for everyone?

Currently, two of the job ready skill sets are totally free, for everyone*!  These are:

  • Operating a Small Business; and
  • Heavy Haulage Driving Operations.

You do not have to be aged 15—24, or on a concession.  All fees for these two job ready skill sets are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government, through Jobs and Skills WA, so that there is no cost to you. 

These job ready 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
  • Eligibility requirements apply to the free training (see the information under 'Who can access the free training?' above)
Who is eligible for the free job ready skill sets? 

Two of the job ready skill sets are free for everyone (with more coming soon!):

  • Operating a Small Business
  • Heavy Haulage Driving Operations


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

  • Persons aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding students enrolled at school)
  • 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:
    • Jobactive
    • Online Employment Services
    • 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
Course and resource fees will apply for non-eligible students.
 
If you don't meet these eligibility requirements, please contact your TAFE college or training provider to find out more about course and resources fees. 
 

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

 Lower fees, local skills — Half price course fees qualifications

Who can access the 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 should be made to the TAFE college or private training provider.

When are the Lower fees, local skills qualifications available?

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 included. 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.

39 additional qualifications were added on 1 July 2020. 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 here on the Lower fees, local skills course list document.

Please note: Course fees are half price 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.

How do I know when half price fees apply to a Lower fees, local skills qualification?

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 here on the Lower fees, local skills course list document.

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 aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding students enrolled at school)
  • 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:
    • Jobactive
    • Online Employment Services
    • 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

Concession eligibility is outlined in the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s VET fees and charges policy.

For the 107 new qualifications that will be added to Lower fees, local skills on 1 January 2020, fee caps apply from that date.

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 here on the Lower fees, local skills course list document.

Please note: Course fees are half price 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.

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 1 July 2020, you will pay the new half price course fees rate for any units in that course which commence after that date (1 July).

If you have already enrolled in and paid for a course that will be added to the Lower fees, local skills half price course fees program from 1 January 2021, you will pay the new half price course fees rate for any units in that course which commence after 31 December 2020.

If you have overpaid, please contact your TAFE college or training provider to request an adjustment to your invoice and a refund of the difference.

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 here on the Lower fees, local skills course list document.

Do I still have to pay other fees, like for resources, on the Lower fees, local skills qualifications?

Yes, you may have to pay other fees. 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. 

More information about fees and charges for VET courses is available in our website.

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 at least 15 years of age but have not reached the end of the year in which you turn 25.

On 1 July 2020, a further 39  qualifications were added to Lower fees, local skills — fee caps for these courses apply from that date (1 July).

On 1 January 2021, 107 additional qualifications will be added to the Lower fees, local skills program. Fee caps for these courses apply from 1 January 2021.

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 here on the Lower fees, local skills course list document.

  • 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. 

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

  • Persons aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding students enrolled at school)
  • 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:
    • Jobactive
    • Online Employment Services
    • 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
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.

Please note: Course fees are half price 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.

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 your TAFE college or training provider to check what course fees and/or price caps will apply. 

Please note: Course fees are half price 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. 

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 (where available).

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. 

Are pre-apprenticeships, pre-traineeships, 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. 

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 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. 

Please note: Course fees are half price 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. 

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 (which is set by your TAFE or training provider). Please check with your TAFE or training provider for information about refunds.  

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 your local TAFE, 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, your TAFE or training provider will tell you what's required such as whether you'll need to attend any training on campus.

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

Your TAFE college is 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 the TAFE or training provider and they will be able to advise you on the exact requirements for your course. 

Skills ready course list

The following course list has full details about all of the free infection control skill sets, job ready skill sets, Lower fees, local skills qualifications and online courses and skill sets that are currently available.

How to use the Skills Ready course list
 

  • You can select one or more icons for the course types — for example if you want to see all of the free* courses, select the FREE icon, or select the HALF PRICE icon to see all the half price** course fees qualifications. These same icons appear to the right of each course title, so you can browse the full list and still see which are free, which are skill sets etc.
  • You can also select Refine your search to search by keyword or other options.
  • Select a course title to see the list of TAFE colleges and private training providers who offer it.
  • Select the TAFE or provider to open up their description of the course and see locations where it's available — there will also be a link to their website, where you can find further information including how to enrol.
  • To see a complete list of all qualifications subsidised through Jobs and Skills WA, please visit our full course list.

*Please note that eligibility requirements apply to some of the free training.  
**You will pay half price for the course fees on the Lower fees, local skills qualifications, however other fees may apply such as for for resources that are specifically needed for your course.  Please check our FAQs for details.

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Skills Ready — How we can help

Getting skills ready is an important step towards getting job ready or boosting your skills for the future, but we want you to have the best possible chance of success! In addition to being able to help with choices about training options, your local Jobs and Skills Centre offers a range of free services to support and assist you in your job search, including free workshops on applying for jobs and interview skills.

You can also visit our Get that job! page for information and advice on everything from career planning, finding a job, applying for a job and nailing job interviews.

Or you could  explore our Jobs and Careers section, for great information and resources about jobs, occupations and careers in WA.