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New half price qualifications!

On 1 January 2022, additional qualifications were added to the Lower fees, local skills list!

That means there's now even more qualifications with course fees reduced by half or more — from  patisserie chef to laboratory technician — this is your time to get skills ready!






Free* courses Half price* courses Skill sets Online courses Infection control

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

Half price from 2022

In very exciting news for 2022, we have now added even more courses to the Lower fees, local skills list. That means more qualifications to choose from with their course fees reduced by up to 72 per cent.

The additional  qualifications range from Certificate III through to Advanced Diploma level, so whether you're just starting out on your career pathway, or you want to skill up and go for that promotion or career change, there's something for everyone.

Half price course fees

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?  

North Metropolitan TAFE has over 100 courses on offer under the Lower fees, local skills initiative.

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

  • Persons who are aged 15 years -24, and have left school
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding:
    • a pensioner concession card;
    • a repatriation health benefits card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs; or
    • a Health Care Card
  • Persons and dependents of persons in receipt of the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • Persons and dependents of persons 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 below or on the relevant skills page.

Please note 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, or speak to us if you can't find the answer you're looking for.  

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

Reduced course fees extended until 2025

The Lower fees, local skills program commenced on 1 January 2020, with half price courses to be in place for eligible courses until 31 December 2025.

Get free skills ready training

That's right... free training! 

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to fast track your training and get skills ready.

The free training focuses on:

  • Infection control skill sets to get you skills ready and job ready for COVID-19 safe workplace requirements — free for everyone
  • Skill sets to get you skills ready for current job opportunities as  WA's economy recovers — some are free for everyone, others are free for eligible students including displaced workers, concession students and youth up to 25 not at school.

Free* job ready skill sets

Not all jobs need a full qualification, and maybe you don't either.

We’ve consulted with businesses and employers to deliver fast track training where the jobs are. 

  • The Operating a Small Business skill set is 100% free for everyone.
  • Some job ready skill sets are 100% free for eligible people including displaced workers, concession students and youth up to 25 years (not at school). 
  • All skill sets are available for everyone to study, however if you don’t meet the eligibility requirements for the free training you will be required to pay a fee for your course. 

Get skills ready online

Learning online can be a great, flexible way to get skills ready. 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 — you'll be able to interact with your classmates and your lecturer in a virtual classroom, so you're not doing it all alone.

Please note Some courses may require practical training and assessment for hands-on skills.

Free infection control skill sets

Not sure what's right for you? We can help!

We have four Jobs and Skills Centres (JSC) at our Balga, Joondalup, Midland and Northbridge campuses.  

Whether you want to study a full qualification or a short course, refresh your skills or you're just getting started, our friendly JSC team will listen to your story and help you choose the best option to reach your goals. 

Because the JSCs work closely with the local community, and local industry and employers, they know where the jobs are and what's happening in your area. There's no better place to go for advice and information about training or support for your job search, and best of all their services are free. 



Here we have provided answers to some frequently asked questions about the Skills Ready program. For specific questions about specific types of Skills Ready skill sets, see the individual pages using the links above.

A vocational education and training (VET) qualification 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. Each unit of competency has a set number of "nominal hours" i.e. the indicative hours required to deliver and assess the unit. 

Individual units of competency are also used to develop skill sets or short courses that target a specific skills area.

For the free infection control skill sets, you can enrol directly on our website. Please follow the link in our course list to access the enrolment process.

For all other courses, specific application information is available on the course page.

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

If your Lower fees, local skills qualification is at Diploma level, you may be eligible for VSL.

Because the job ready skill sets are not full qualifications, they are not eligible for VSL.

Eligible students can apply to get a loan to pay for their fees through the Australian Government’s VET Student Loans scheme (VSL).

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 contact your training provider, visit the Australian Government's VET Student Loans(opens in a new tab) website or contact the student hotline.
T 1800 020 108