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Skills Ready

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

Whether you're looking for a job, thinking about a career change, or upskilling for your own development now's the time to get skills ready! We’re making training affordable and accessible so you can boost your skills and be job ready.

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. Select one of the options below to find out more.

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

Browse to one of the options in the sections below to find out how to get skills ready, and how we can help you choose the best option to boost your skills for the future.

Lower Fees, Local Skills — Course fees slashed! 

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, cyber security to commercial cookery, aged care to engineering, 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! 

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 70 qualifications* will be added in exciting new study areas! 

Get in early — these courses will fill fast!

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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. 

Course fees slashed right now

We currently have 73 Lower fees, local skills qualifications with course fees slashed by half price — some by up to 72 per cent! These reduced course fees are available right now. 

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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. 

See the full list of Lower Fees, Local Skills courses on our website.

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

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

The annual fees cap applies for 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 per qualification or course per year. The fees cap is set at $400 for eligible concession students, and $1,200 for non-concession students.

Check our FAQs at the end of this page for more information about how the half price fees and fees caps work. 

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

  • People aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding students enrolled at school)
  • People and dependents of people receiving JobKeeper payment
  • People and dependents of people in receipt of services from one of the following Commonwealth support or employment services programs:
    • Jobactive
    • Online Employment Services
    • ParentsNext
  • People and dependents of people receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • People and dependents of people holding:
    • a pensioner concession card or Health Care Card; or
    • a repatriation health benefits card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs; or
  • Dependents of people who are inmates of a custodial institution

For more details about how the half price course fees and annual fees cap work, please read our FAQs.   

Please note that only course fees are half price for the Lower fees, local skills qualifications. You may be required to pay other fees that apply to your course. Please check our FAQs for further information.  

Find out more about the initiative

See the media release.

 

Grab your place — apply or enrol now!

Applications for Semester 1 are now open!  To find out about how to apply or enrol, follow the links within the course page study options.

If you want to study full time at TAFE, you may need to apply through TAFE Admissions. For more information, visit our Apply and Enrol page.

Free job ready skill sets

The State Government has worked closely with us and WA industries, businesses and employers to find out the types of skills needed right now and for future jobs.

Free skill sets developed from nationally recognised vocational training are now available to eligible students, with on-campus and online study options. 

Infection control skill sets

Get job ready to safely manage infection control in the workplace with skill sets matched to the skills WA employers are looking for in key areas such as aged care, disability support, retail, hospitality, transport and logistics. 

Each skill set contains selected units of competency from nationally accredited and recognised vocational qualifications and some are absolutely free to study online.

Job ready skill sets

Job Ready 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. 

They've 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. 

Get Skills Ready online

Learning online can be a great way to get skills ready — from the comfort of your own home or workplace. Plus, with eCampus, you have access to a virtual classroom including online discussions, online chats, journals and blogs, social media, quizzes, web quests and project activities to keep things interesting. To find out more about studying online at SM TAFE, visit eCampus now.
 

 

Half price* courses

The Lower Fees, Local Skills program started with 34 half price course fees qualifications in 2019, then from 2 July 2020, an additional 34 qualifications were added to the list, and finally from 1 January 2021 another 70 courses were also added. Half price means the courses are half price tuition fees, and if you're eligible, your fees can even be capped at $400! Check your eligibility, then explore the courses. 

Check your eligibility

Do you have Australian, New Zealand citizenship or have a visa? Do you live in WA? Do you receive JobSeeker, JobKeeper, Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY, or are you a concession cardholder or aged 15 to 24 years old? Or a dependent of someone who is? You could be eligible for free courses. Check your eligibility and instructions on how to prove it before you apply. 

Frequently asked questions

The most common answers to questions about the Skills Ready program are below. If you need assistance with your own questions about how our courses will be delivered, eligibility or fees, call 1800 001 001.

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.

Free training (infection control and job ready skill sets)

The free training is available to residents of Western Australia.

Temporary residents

People 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(opens in a new tab)  outlines eligibility for subsidised training in WA.

Yes! The Skills Ready infection control skill sets are totally free!

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

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

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

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

HLTINFCOV001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures is a nationally recognised unit of competency, to train people to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks. With this skill set, you can select from three industry areas — transport and logistics, hospitality (food handling), and retail — so that you can choose the one that best matches with the type of work you're looking for or currently doing.

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.

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.

This job ready skill set is free for everyone:

  • Operating a Small Business

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

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

Course and resource fees will apply for non-eligible students. For further information about the job ready skill sets, including where they are available, cost for non-eligible students and how to enrol, please select 'Skill sets' from the Skills Ready course list.

Skill sets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explore the course pages to see the possible pathways for each of the skill sets.

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

Lower fees, local skills — Half price* course fees qualifications

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

Temporary residents

People 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

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

The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s VET Fees and charges policy(opens in a new tab)  outlines eligibility for subsidised training in WA.

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 at the top of this page, in each relevant section.

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.

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

  • People aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding students enrolled at school)
  • People and dependents of people receiving JobKeeper payment
  • People and dependents of people in receipt of services from one of the following Commonwealth support or employment services programs:
    • Jobactive
    • Online Employment Services
    • ParentsNext
  • People and dependents of people receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • People and dependents of people holding:
    • a pensioner concession card or Health Care Card; or
    • a repatriation health benefits card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs; or
  • Dependents of people 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(opens in a new tab)

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 can be found on the course lists in the relevant section at the top of this page.

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.

The half price rates under Lower fees, local skills apply only to tuition 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. To see our indicative fees, visit the fees page.

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 2020).

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

  • 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.

The following people will be entitled to the $400 concession rate course fees cap:

  • People aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding students enrolled at school)
  • People and dependents of people receiving JobKeeper payment
  • People and dependents of people in receipt of services from one of the following Commonwealth support or employment services programs:
    • Jobactive
    • Online Employment Services
    • ParentsNext
  • People and dependents of people receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • People and dependents of people holding:
    • a pensioner concession card or Health Care Card; or
    • a repatriation health benefits card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs; or
  • Dependents of people who are inmates of a custodial institution

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

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

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

If you are turning 25 during your course, please contact us to check what course fees and/or price caps will apply. 

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

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

Pre-traineeships are also available under Lower fees, local skills

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 contact us for further information. 

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(opens in a new tab) .

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.

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 census date. Please visit the Withdrawals and refunds page for information.  

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, we will adjust your invoice and the difference will be refunded. You will be contacted when this has been confirmed via email.

Online courses and learning online

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

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. To find out more about how online study works at SM TAFE visit the eCampus page.

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

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

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

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

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

If you are concerned that you don't have a reliable computer or internet connection, our campus libraries can help. Computers and free WiFi are available to students who need to study online. For more information visit the library computers page.

General information

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. 

Once you have decided how you're going to get skilled, and found the study mode or location you’re happy with, the next step is to apply and/or enrol.

For free infection control skill sets, you can enrol directly from the Enrol Now instructions on each course page. Explore the courses now.

For Lower Fees, Local Skills courses, please see the instructions against your preferred study mode and location under the heading 'Delivery location, important dates and study options'. Some of these courses are via TAFE Admissions, with applications for Semester 1, 2021 opening soon.

For other online courses that are not free, please see the instructions against your preferred study mode and location under the heading 'Delivery location, important dates and study options'. These courses are via direct application to the training area, and many will allow you to start anytime or when  a group of students are ready to study together online.

For other skill sets that are not free, please use the course enquiry form at the bottom of the course page. Short courses and skill sets run subject to demand, so express your interest in the next course now.

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

If your Lower fees, local skills qualification is an eligible Diploma or Advanced Diploma, you may be eligible for VSL. To check your eligibility, visit the VET Student Loans page.

Because the Job Ready skill sets are not full qualifications, they are not eligible for 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. 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 , visit the VET Student Loans page.