Learn hands on with the same equipment and tools used in industry, combining working for an employer and studying at TAFE Queensland, and graduate with a nationally-recognised qualification.

Apprentices are trained in a skilled trade such as plumbing or construction, and upon successful completion will become a tradesperson. Trainees are trained in a vocational area such as early childhood education or business and receive a certificate outcome.

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Flexible training options


Students are trained and assessed by our workplace training officers in their own workplace.

Drop in days

Students can drop in to a TAFE facility at any time to train with a teacher without needing to schedule it in advance.

Block training

Training is delivered in study blocks of one to six weeks at one of our state-of-the-art training facilities.

Mobile van

We bring the tools and equipment to you in our mobile training van.

Day release

Training is scheduled one day a week at one of TAFE Queensland’s training facilities.

Mixed mode

Combine on-campus learning with online elements, some blocks, some day release, or anything in between. 


Pre and post trade training


Pre-apprenticeship courses

If you're interested in completing an apprenticeship then a pre-apprenticeship course is a great place to start. You'll train at one of our many locations, learn practical on-the-job skills, and have the opportunity to connect with future employers. The best part is you don't need to have an employer to complete the course.  

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Post-trade training

Post-trade training is great if you want to specialise, gain a specific trade licence, gain credit towards university or expand your horizons after completing an apprenticeship. TAFE Queensland offers a range of post-trade specialist short courses, diplomas and advanced diplomas.

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Payment options

User choice

The User Choice 2017-20 program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment services for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees. The program aims to provide funding aligned to industry skills needs and shortages.

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Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee (C3G) helps support eligible students to complete their first post-school certificate III level qualification. You may be eligible to receive a subsidy towards one certificate III qualification from a list of subsidised courses.

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Payment options

If you're not eligible for other subsidies or concessions but don't want to pay your course fees upfront then you may be eligible for a TAFE Queensland payment plan. Our payment plans allow you to gradually pay off your course fees while you study.

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Looking for an employer?

If you're interested in starting an apprenticeship the first step is to find an employer. TAFE Queensland can help connect you with an employer in your chosen industry. 

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Information for employers

Find out more about why apprenticeships and traineeships are a smart way to recruit and train employees to meet the current and future needs of your business.

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Free apprenticeships for under 25s

The Queensland Government is supporting young Queenslanders up to the age of 25 by providing access to fully subsidised training across a range of priority apprenticeship or traineeship qualifications.

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News and events


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Master barber might sound like an old-world job title, but the profession is growing in popularity among young people like 19-year-old Denzel Carlos.

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Jennah Wone female apprentice

From stay-at-home mum to lady tradie

Mother-of-four Jennah Wone is a trailblazer and passionate advocate for women in trades. As a female air-conditioning and refrigeration apprentice she represents just 1.5 per cent of the industry’s national workforce.

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CSQ construction skills queensland funding

New round of construction industry funding you won't want to miss out on

If you’re working in the building and constructions industry and you’re looking to get some extra skills under your belt to advance your career, you’re in the right place. TAFE Queensland is currently offering a range of courses subsidised by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ).

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