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.

ACCM College also provides a selection of courses as part of the ACT Government's Skilled Capital program. See below for more information.

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, and 

    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 fulltime 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 i.e. 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 hour 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 a ACT funded traineeship qualification on time will qualify for the student completion payment of $300.

    Once you have completed your course and you 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 and
    • 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, an SBT 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 Eligibilty

    Currently ACT is not offering funding for Course's ACCM Supports under Skilled Capital (current as of 1 July 2022) 

    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 (current as of 19 Feb 2021) 

  • 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 - we have this information later on.

    Skilled Capital enrolment fees for 2018 vary from:

    • Certificate II $100 - $180
    • Certificate III $100 - $460
    • Certificate IV $100 - $1890

    Providers set the minimum enrolment fee. The fee amount varies between providers.

    You can find a complete list of Skilled Capital courses and availability by visiting


  • 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.

    ACCM College does not currently have any places available from the ACT government on offer

  • ACT JobTrainer

    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.

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 get 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 get 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.

    WebclassM login details are provided via email within an hour of enrolling

    Using WebclassM 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 College 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.

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.