TAFE Queensland offers a suite of funded Trade Taster Programs that allow eligible high school students to try a course without needing to commit to a full qualification or apprenticeship. This initiative allows students to engage in training to determine if a course is the right option for them, or test out a potential career path they are considering following in the future.

How it works

Trade Taster Programs deliver training to year 10 students, one day per week for nine weeks. Students participate in units aligned to a specific area over the course of a school term, gaining a deeper understanding of a qualification that assists them in making an informed decision when choosing a TAFE at School Program or continuing with further studies in the future.

TAFE Queensland’s fully funded Trade Taster Programs have been designed to fit around high school subjects, allowing students to get a head start on their learning journey while maintaining studies at school.

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Available programs

You will be able to choose from a selection of areas including; Ag Taster, Community Services Taster, Health Care Taster, Trade Taster, Hairdressing Taster and Cookery Taster*. During the program you will complete a number of individual competencies from various TAFE Queensland courses, giving you a taste for what that career would be like.

The programs will offer exposure across a variety of study areas, including:

  • agriculture
  • hairdressing
  • light automotive
  • engineering
  • plumbing
  • carpentry
  • flooring technology
  • heavy automotive
  • health care
  • community services


It is important to note that successfully completing this program will not give you a formal qualification or any Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) credits. However after completing the Trade Taster Program you may want to continue your training with a pre-apprenticeship course or school-based apprenticeship and get a head start on your trade qualifications while you're still at school. 


Students who complete a cookery Taster will attain their Responsible Service of Alcohol (SITSS00055) and students who complete a Trade Taster in traditional trades will attain their Construction Industry White Card Skill Set (SSCPC00001).


Eligibility criteria

To take part in the Trade Taster Program you must be a Year 10 student and be currently studying Maths and English at a Year 10 level. You must also be able to arrange travel to the relevant TAFE Queensland campus where the program is offered. 


What it costs

The Trade Taster Program is fully funded by the Queensland Government and is offered at no cost to eligible students. The cost of completing your White Card is also subsided under this program and will not incur a fee for eligible students. It is also important to note that this program does not use any of your VET in Schools (VETiS) funding entitlement. 

Unique Student Identifier

In order to apply for this program you will need to have a Unique student Identifier (USI). Your USI is a reference number that creates a secure online record of your training and qualifications from recognised training providers in Australia. You can quickly and easily create your USI online.

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How to apply

If you're interested in the Trade Taster Program, talk to your school's VET Coordinator, who will be able to provide you with more information regarding the application process.