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NSW Smart & Skilled Courses


Spectra Training offer the below listed courses that are subsidized by the NSW Government:

BSB40520 Certificate IV in Leadership & Management

BSB50420 Diploma of Leadership & Management

SIR30216 Certificate III in Retail 

BSB40520 Certificate IV in Retail Management

TLI31222 Certificate III in Driving Operations

TLI30321 Certificate III in Supply Chain Operations

ICP31220 Certificate III in Printing

ICP31320 Certificate III in Print Binding, Finishing and Packaging

ICP31420 Certificate III in Prepress Graphic Design Production

General Information


Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. It's helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.


Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:

  • an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III.

  • government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.


Are you:

  • 15 years old or over?

  • no longer at school?

  • living or working in NSW?

  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen?


If you answered ‘Yes' to all four questions, you're eligible for Smart and Skilled training.

Your eligibility is not affected if you have completed a vocational education and training (VET) course, including a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, as part of your high school education.

There are also some exceptions to the eligibility conditions described above, such as for Aboriginal people.

Apprentices & Trainees

NSW apprentices and some new-entrant trainees may be eligible for a government subsidy for the training that supports their apprenticeship or traineeship.

Under the NSW Government fee-free traineeship initiative, NSW new entrant trainees that commence their training on or after 1 January 2020 may be eligible for fee-free training. For eligible trainees there will be no requirement to pay the fee.

Course Eligibility

Your eligibility for a government-subsidised Smart and Skilled course no longer depends on previous qualifications:

From 2016, all students, regardless of the level of any previous qualifications held, are able to access subsidised Smart and Skilled training up to Certificate III level. This means that even if you have a higher-level qualification you may still be eligible to re-train to enter (or re-enter) the workforce. Previous qualifications do not affect eligibility, but may affect the student fee.

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