Various funding incentives are available to businesses and employees to assist with training costs, promoting a competent and safer Australian workforce. From tax rebates to fully funded training programs, contact Vertical Horizonz to discuss the funding opportunities that may be available for you.

Skills Assure approved

Vertical Horizonz Australia is a Skills Assure approved registered training organisation to deliver nationally recognised and accredited training subsidised by Queensland Government requirements.

The Skills Assure initiative is a part of the Skills for Queensland program to improve access to affordable and recognised training.

User Choice Program

The User Choice Program offers fully funded courses through selected training organisations. Vertical Horizonz Australia supports the User Choice Program, with our Plant Operations and Trenchless Technology certificates available to those who meet the necessary criteria. 

There are government contribution limitations; therefore, it is best to contact Vertical Horizonz Australia to discuss training and career options to ensure our certificate will complement your ambitions.

User Choice Program funding VHA courses

Total Units of Competency: 19

  • Core Units of Competency: 14
  • Elective Units of Competency:  5


  • Student Contribution Fee 100%
    • $1.60 per nominal hour
    • Core Units $553.60
  • Partial Exemption (40%)
    • $064 per nominal hour
    • Core Units $221.44
  • Full Exemption
    • $0.00

Elective cost is dependent on UoCs chosen and the related nominal hours.

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Total Units of Competency: 26

  • Core Units of Competency: 9
  • Elective Units of Competency:  17


  • Student Contribution Fee 100%
    • $1.60 per nominal hour
    • Core Units $441.60
  • Partial Exemption (40%)
    • $064 per nominal hour
    • Core Units $176.64
  • Full Exemption
    • $0.00

Elective cost is dependent on UoCs chosen and the related nominal hours.

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A co-contribution fee is applicable to the certificates offered. More information can be found in the Skills Assure Supplier Policy.

Criteria for User Choice Program funding

Free Under 25's Apprenticeships

Free Under 25’s Apprenticeships funding covers the cost of apprenticeship training for Queensland apprentices and trainees under the age of 25, and that started between 1st January 2021 to 30th September 2022. 

The government contributions are paid directly to the registered training organisations, such as Vertical Horizonz Australia, on behalf of the student and their employees.

Boost Funding

Boost funding is a federal government incentive that subsidises 50% of new apprentice and trainee wages. This funding aims to boost apprenticeship commencements and encourages businesses to employ newcomers into the industry, which Vertical Horizonz Australia will then train.

If your business employs an apprentice or trainee between 5th October 2020 until 31st March 2022, you will be eligible to claim Boost funding within 12 months of the commencement date.

Contact Vertical Horizonz Australia for funding information

Accessing training funding is the responsibility of the trainee or apprentice and their employer. It is best to contact the funding providers directly to access accurate information and funding applications.

However, contact Vertical Horizonz Australia if you require assistance on the funding programs available for the VHA course you wish to undertake, and we will organise a meeting with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network representative.

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Fees & Exemptions Info

Full fee

Student contribution fees under the User Choice program are set at $1.60 per nominal hour for each unit of competency/module to be calculated at the commencement of the unit of competency/module. Student contribution fees may alter should the trainee elect to alter the elective units of competency chosen during initial contract signing.

Partial exemption

40 per cent of the student contribution fee is charged where the participant falls into one or more of the following exemption categories:

  • The participant was or will be under 17 years of age at the end of February in the year in which the Vertical Horizonz provides training, and the participant is not at school and has not completed year 12.
  • The participant holds a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, and is named on the card.
  • The participant issues Vertical Horzonz with an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the participant, his or her partner or the person of whom the participant is a dependant, is entitled to concessions under a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.
  • The participant is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. Acceptable evidence is as stated on the Training Contract and AVETMISS VET Enrolment Form.

Full exemption

Vertical Horizonz may apply full exemption from the student contribution fee where the participant falls into one or more of the following exemption categories:

  • Where payment of the student contribution fee would cause extreme financial hardship, then the SAS may waive these fees.
  • Where the Queensland Government, as represented by the departmental officer responsible for the User Choice budget, advises in writing that fees are optional.
  • Where credit transfer/national recognition has been applied to a unit of competency/module.
  • The participant is a school-based apprentice or trainee.
  • The participant is undertaking a qualification as part of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work – Work Skills Traineeship program.

Free Apprenticeships for under 21s and under 25s

Vertical Horizonz will not charge a student contribution fee to a student who, receive a government contribution and is eligible either under the Free apprenticeships for under 21s initiative or the Free apprenticeships for under 25s initiative, or enrols in a high priority qualification identified by the department for Free apprenticeships on the current User Choice Price List