ACT Skilled Capital and Traineeships

The Australian College has been supporting Australian Capital Territory (ACT) employers and their trainees for over 10 years; offering an experienced Registered Training Organisation in our specialist course areas of finance, business, IT and accounting.

ACT Traineeship User Choice is the funding model that relates to traineeship delivery in ACT, and offers government funding towards traineeships for new and existing staff, and school based trainees.

Currently ACT is not offering funding for Course's ACCM supports under Skilled Capital or Job Trainer (current as of 1 March 2023) 

Skilled Capital is an ACT Government training initiative, funded by the ACT and Australian Governments.

ACT Traineeship Eligibility and Arrangements

  • Eligible Trainees in ACT

    ACT subsidises qualifications for both new worker trainees and existing worker trainees. To be eligible for an ACT training contract the trainee must:

    a) Work in the ACT  

    b) Be at least 15 years-old  

    c) Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, New Zealand passport holder who has been a resident in Australia for more than 6 months, or and eligible visa holder (see the Visa list)

    d) Receive remuneration for their work  

    e) Complete a minimum of 15 hours combined work and training per week. (Employment and training hours may be averaged over 4 weeks for non-school based training contracts)

     f) Undertake an approved Australian Traineeship qualification with an approved RTO (like ACCM), as specified on the ACT Qualifications Register 

    g) Have the required supervision in the workplace for the trainee

    Source: ACT SCGAA Part C v3.2 Australian Apprenticeship Eligibility

  • New Worker and Existing Worker Traineeships

    New Workers are defined as full-time staff who have started their job within the past three months; or part time staff who have started within the past 12 months and are registered as a trainee within that timeframe. 

    Existing Workers have been employed for much longer e.g. full-time staff for more than three months and part time staff longer than 12 months.  

    New Worker and Existing Worker Traineeship status and eligibility is assessed by the College based on the information provided in the online enrolment application and subsequent discussions with the employer and trainee.

  • Traineeship Fees Payable in ACT

    The minimum student fee in ACT is $350.

    Additional ACCM College student fees are based on the level of State funding available within the ACT.

    Qualification specific fees can be found on the applicable course page.

     The total applicable fee will calculate at enrolment based on course and type of traineeship.

    Note: Under ACT contract rules all Registered Training Organisations are required to charge trainees the minimum fee upon enrolment of the student into a traineeship.

    Source: ACT SCGAA v3.0

  • Traineeship Employment Arrangements

    Trainees must be permanently employed.  

    The maximum hours of combined work and training per week is 38 hours and for part time employees, the minimum number of combined hours per week is 15.

    Usually the standard proportion of work hours to training hours is 80% work and 20% structured training per week.

    School based trainees must complete different details listed separately.

    Source; ACT SCGAA Part C v3.2

  • ACT Visa Eligibility List

    Eligible visa types (for funding) can be found here.

    For any other visa type, ACCM College must ensure the holder has work and study rights on a pathway to permanent residency and seek confirmation from the ACT Directorate in writing prior to establishing a training contract.

    These visas will be investigated and approved on a case by case basis.

  • ACT Student Completion Reward of $300

    All students who successfully complete an ACT funded traineeship qualification on time will qualify for the student completion payment of $300.

    Once you have completed your course and your employer agrees to competency completion on-the-job, the College will advise ACT of your completion. This triggers the payment process.

    However in order to receive the payment you are required to complete an ACT issued survey.

    The payment is made directly to the student by the ACT government.

School Based Traineeships in ACT

  • Eligibility for School Based Traineeships

    To be eligible for a School Based Traineeship in ACT the student must: 

    • Meet standard traineeship eligibility 
    • Have approved part time employment (see below)
    • Have the support of their school VET Co-ordinator and Principal – as the studies for their traineeship form part of their school study program
  • Working Arrangements For School Based Trainees

    The Working Arrangements For School Based Trainees are:

    • Complete a minimum of 11 hours per week and a maximum of 20 hours per week if undertaking a Certificate II qualification. This includes eight hours of work and three hours per week of structured training.
    • Complete a minimum of 15 hours per week and a maximum of 20 hours per week if undertaking a Certificate III qualification. This includes 12 hours of work and three hours per week of structured training.

    During school holidays, a School Based Trainee may work up to full-time hours as per the award.

  • Fees for School Based Trainees in ACT

    School based trainees in ACT are exempt from the Student Fee. However, as many qualifications are not fully funded by ACT, an employer contribution fee may still apply. The College Course page will advise of fees for that course.

Traineeship Concession Fees and Exemptions in ACT

  • Health Care Card or Pension Card

    If the trainee holds a current Health Care Card or Pension Card, or is under 18 and their parent holds one of these cards, up to $500 of the Enrolment Fee may be waived. Approval is required from the ACT government.

    Source: ACT SCGAA Part B v3.0

  • Proof of Concession

    To be eligible for a concession fee in a funded program, you must provide the College with evidence of your eligible welfare benefit or allowance. 

    The evidence requirements are as set out in each specific funded program.

    The evidence can be in the form of a current Department of Human Services (Centrelink) Income Statement or a copy of a current Pensioner Concession Card that has been witnessed by a JP or at the Post Office.

    It must show that you are eligible for the benefit at the date you will commence training. You cannot commence training until this has been provided. 

    You are usually only eligible to apply for the concession at the time of the enrolment, so it is important that you let us know then.

    Once you enrol, you can upload the evidence of concession eligibility to our student study hub "Webclass". Your concessional enrolment cannot be approved until this has been done.


  • Limited Fee Exemptions

    Fee exemptions do not generally apply in ACT.

    However where a Trainee leaves one employer and recommences within 12 months with another employer, in the same qualification and with the same RTO, or the Trainee is required to go to a different RTO as a result of a change of RTO process, the fee is also waived on the basis that a first fee has been charged and paid.

    The only fee exemptions are where a trainee leaves one employer and recommences within 12 months with another employer, in the same qualification and with the same RTO, or the Trainee is required to go to a different RTO as a result of a change of RTO process.

    Source; ACT SCGAA Part B v3.0

  • Hardship Applications

    For Trainees who are required by their employer to pay the enrolment fee, and who can prove genuine hardship up to $500 of the Enrolment Fee may be waived.

    In the case of hardship - the College Hardship Application Form must be completed and hardship criteria met.(AA8)

ACT Skilled Capital Eligibility Checker

Confirm that you are eligible to access ACT government subsidised training.
Note traineeships have separate eligibility criteria. See the Traineeships page.

Check Your Eligibility

Skilled Capital

  • Skilled Capital Eligibility

    Currently ACT is not offering funding for Course's ACCM Supports under Skilled Capital or Job Trainer (current as of 1 March 2023) 

    To be eligible for Skilled Capital, you must, at the time of enrolment, be:

    • An Australian citizen, permanent resident, or New Zealand passport holder resident for more than 6 months, or
    • An eligible visa holder, and
    • Living or working in the ACT, and
    • At least 15 years of age, and
    • Not enrolled in or attending secondary school or college except where the student:
      • is undertaking a course of study leading to completion of year 12 in an alternative program, or
      • has an Exemption Certificate and the selected Skilled Capital qualification is an approved Australian School based Apprenticeship pathway.

    In addition to the above, to be eligible for a Certificate II level Skilled Capital qualification, your training provider must have evidence to demonstrate that a Certificate II qualification is a justifiable learning pathway for you.

    Previous education and training will not impact your eligibility for Certificate III qualifications and above.

    However, you cannot be funded for a qualification you have completed within the last 7 years. Also, you can only be subsidised for 1 Skilled Capital qualification at a time.

    If you are not eligible for Skilled Capital or are seeking a different training pathway refer to the Australian Apprenticeships page.


  • Eligible Visas

    Click the link below for a list of eligible visas

  • Which ACCM Courses Are Available Under Skilled Capital?

    ACCM offers the following courses as part of the Skilled Capital program:

    Currently ACT is not offering funding for Course's ACCM Supports under Skilled Capital or Job Trainer (current as of 1 March 2023) 

  • Enrolment Fees
    • Each qualification has a compulsory, minimum enrolment fee that is set by the ACT government Skills Canberra.
    • There are fee exemptions and concessions available.
    • Providers set the minimum enrolment fee.
    • The fee amount varies between providers.

    Where ACCM College is offering qualifications under Skilled Capital, the fees and concession fees will be provided.

    At this time ACCM College is not offering any courses under Skills Capital.



  • ACT Skilled Capital Limited Places - Application Process

    ACT Skilled Capital have limited places in each qualification.

    They require students to apply to enrol with us and provide their USI before we can apply for a place on their behalf.

    Places are not guaranteed.

    Currently ACT is not offering funding for Course's ACCM Supports under Skilled Capital or Job Trainer (current as of 1 March 2023) 

  • ACT JobTrainer

    Currently ACT is not offering funding for Course's ACCM Supports under Skilled Capital or Job Trainer (current as of 1 March 2023) 

    JobTrainer offers free vocational education and training to young people (17 to 24 years, who have finished school), and job seekers across Canberra in areas of employment growth.

    As a minimum, students must be:

    • An Australian citizen, permanent resident, or New Zealand passport holder resident for more than 6 months, or
    • An eligible visa holder, and
    • Living or working in the ACT, and
    • A person aged 17 to 24 years of age, regardless of employment status, who is not enrolled in or attending a school or college, or another program leading to the completion of year 12, or
    • A job seeker who is:
      • out of work, and/or
      • in receipt of income support payments.


    Please contact the college on 1300 515 321 to find out more.

Three Simple Steps To Arrange Traineeships

 1. Speak to us to get details. If you are unsure if your employee(s) qualify - then let us check for you.

2. Let us arrange traineeship registration.

3. Your trainee enrols online in 7 minutes.


ACCM College specialises in traineeship delivery and is one of the largest traineeship support training providers in our areas of expertise: business, IT, supply chain and accounting.

Our traineeship students continue to grow.

This is due to high levels of client, employer, trainee and Group Training Organisation satisfaction with what we do.  

We keep you informed on your trainee's progress and key milestones to ensure the program runs smoothly. 


Studying at ACCM College

  • Course Support that Students Rave About

    ACCM College helps you succeed in your studies by giving you the support of a dedicated team of Student Advisers with real life industry experience. You will have one dedicated Student Adviser who will personally manage your program; and the benefit of a team around them to provide expert assistance in all subject areas.

    Students actively comment about the supportiveness of their Student Advisers, in particular their skills at passing on their knowledge and making even the hardest subject easy to understand.

  • Quality Learning Materials that Receive Great Reviews

    Our step by step course materials have been written by our own industry experts to give learners the most relevant and useful information needed.

    The online resources provide industry insight and understanding by simplifying industry jargon and concepts, and focusing on current real world business practices.

    We pride ourselves on providing high quality learner resources that set our learners up for success.

    ACCM College students have the opportunity to give us immediate subject feedback and feedback to the assessor upon submission, so we always have the opportunity to become even better.

  • Access to Course Materials

    All of the course materials are accessed and completed online, allowing learners to complete subjects at a time and place that suits.

    Webclass login details are provided via email within an hour of enrolling.

    On Webclass learners can:

    • Access online learning and assessment materials 24/7
    • Submit assessments, view assessment results and assessor feedback
    • Update contact details



  • No Exams and Lots of Help

    There are no stressful exams.

    Our assessments are thorough, but are self-paced and help is only a phone call or email away.

    Activities that you are asked to do are practical and based on real life workplace experiences and needs.

    You will have a Study Timetable and we will help you keep to it so that you end up with the qualification that you deserve as quickly as is feasible.

  • Regular Contact from Us. Yes - We Call You!

    ACCM is proactive about being in touch. When you apply to enrol, our Service One team will call you immediately and guide you through to finish the enrolment process. They will also contact you weekly for the first 6 weeks to ensure you are on track and comfortable with online learning.

    After your onboarding has been completed a Student Adviser will make contact to introduce themselves as your main point of contact and assistance with your ongoing study.

    You will continue to receive regular phone calls, emails and SMS to check your progress and offer help. If we see you getting behind we will increase our efforts to contact you to ensure you are getting the help you need.

    Study online - not alone, and be supported every step of the way!

  • Start and Study Anytime - Enjoy the Flexibility

    ACCM does not have strict semester dates, giving you the ability to decide when you want to start your study program.

    Once your enrolment is approved your personal login details will give you access to your course materials 24/7 and allowing you the flexibility to choose when and where you study.

    You can also see your personal Study Timetable and have clear goals of when your subjects are to be completed.

College Role in Traineeships

  • Step 1. Agree on Workplace Resources Needed

    Each vocational course has different workplace needs. We simply confirm that you have in place what is needed and agree on solutions for any issues identified. 

  • Step 2. Determining Specific Trainee Needs

    Each trainee has unique needs. We start by getting them to provide us with information so that we can discuss how we can best support them. This also ensures that they are aware of their obligations.


  • Step 3. Determine the Training Plan

    This involves determining the best subjects to suit your work environment. The assessments for each subject are timetabled to be achieved so that the formal component of the traineeship is completed as quickly as possible – allowing the remaining time to be dedicated on further developing workplace skills.

  • Step 4. Providing Quality Learning Resources and Structured Assessments

    Trainees have immediate access to high quality learning resources that they can access 24/7. This puts them in full control to best use the times at work that are most suitable for their studies. The materials are designed to allow them to do small parts at a time – so they give the best flexibility for a work environment.

  • Step 5. Staying in Touch with Trainees

    We ask trainees to make regular contact with us – but we are also proactive in contacting them.

    Trainees can simply give us a phone call when they need help with the learning materials or they can book times in advance.

    Many assessments are structured to require trainees to interact with the College by phone so that we know they are making progress on specific subjects.

  • Step 6. Updating You on Trainee Progress and Issues

    We recognise that many employers may not be readily available on the phone, so we have created the Employer Dashboard to ensure you have up to date information about your Trainee's progress.

    This also ensures that you are fully aware of any progress issues that may impact completion (and completion incentive payment) and have the opportunity to address those issues.

  • Step 7. Escalating Issues

    From time to time there are issues with a trainee's progress. You will be advised both informally and formally to ensure that you are aware of the situation, and that all parties are doing what they can to resolve the problem.

    In some instances we are required to advise the relevant state Department of Education if there are trainee progress issues. This will only happen after we have tried to resolve the problem directly with you. 

  • Step 8. Subject Completion

    Your trainee will be required to get employer agreement that they meet the workplace requirements of each subject. Please ensure that within your workplace, anyone who may be asked by the trainee to do this has your approval.

  • Step 9. Employer Agreement on Competency Completion

    Once all required subjects have been completed your trainee is eligible for the award of their qualification and Competency Completion.

    Workplace agreement of Competency Completion and the return of a signed copy of the Training Plan is required. We will email these to you.

    Please be aware that Competency Completion may affect the rates of pay for any trainees on the National Training Wage. It will also trigger eligibility to any employer completion incentives and at the same time cease any eligibility to payroll tax exemptions or rebates.

  • Step 10. Department Advice of Completion

    The College will report to the relevant Department of Education that the trainee has completed the formal requirements.

    In some states this automatically triggers Competency Completion. In others you will receive a letter (that you must reply to) if you wish to delay Competency Completion.

Why ACCM is the Training Provider of Choice

  • Maximum RTO Registration Status - Recognising Quality Delivery

    The College is a Registered Training Organisation meeting the Standards for Registered Training Organisations. Our National Provider number is 1441.

    The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the government agency that supervises and approves the licencing of Registered Training Organisations.

    Our Registration Certificate shows that the College is registered to deliver nationally accredited training until 17 January 2030. 

    Read about how we achieved the maximum registration period and what that means.

  • Outstanding Survey Results - National Quality Indicators

    Wow – another year and awesome results in the National Quality Indicators!

    RTOs are required to collect surveys from students and employers. The survey questions are fixed so that comparisons can be made between RTOs from year to year. These are called the National Quality Indicators. We not only get great results – we have done so consistently. 

    Look at the consistent history of excellent results in our latest 2022 Quality Indicator Annual Summary Report.

  • Proven Results From The NSW VET Student Outcomes Survey

    It's great to see this feedback from NSW.

    2021 is the most recent full year data that has been released (as of December 2022).

    This independent data reflects the efforts of NSW Training Services collecting post-qualification data on student outcomes.

    We were delighted to be proven a leading provider in our peer group and across all NSW providers.

    Click here to the data for yourself - NSW VET Student Outcomes 

  • Long Term Client Satisfaction - The Best Evidence of Quality

    ACCM College has a wide range of long term and loyal clients who appreciate the industry expertise, flexibility and quality of the work that we do to deliver traineeships and training to their staff.  

    We excel at understanding the specific needs of each client, so we are able to get equally outstanding reviews from employers in different sectors.

    Don’t take our word for it - see the many Client Success Stories for more information.

  • Student Success - A Measure of the Support We Provide

    Each year the quality of the training and traineeships delivered by the College is acknowledged through the recognition of our high achieving students in the Department of Education Trainee of the Year awards.

    In every year we have had multiple students across different study categories be recognised, and in turn recognise the help and support of their College Student Adviser. Look at these amazing success stories.

Am I Eligible?

Answer these questions to find out if you are eligible to access ACT government subsidised training.

I am 15 years or older
I have left school
I live or work in ACT
I am an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen; or an eligible visa holder (See 'Skilled Capital Section below for eligible visas)
I have completed this qualification in the last 7 years?
I am currently enrolled in the same or equivalent qualification under the another government funded initiative?

Congratulations! You are eligible.

Please note that Skilled Capital has limited places available. Please check with the College before you enrol. The College will also need to apply for your place, which is not guaranteed. Please see the Skilled Capital section below to find out more about restrictions, places and eligibility including eligible visas.

The eligibility rules are complex. You may still be eligible… but we need to talk to you about your specific circumstances.