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Fees and Funding

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QLD Government Funding

Certificate 3 Guarantee Program for Queensland Residents

Government funding is reserved for those who are in genuine need of financial assistance as we have limited allocations every year. You must meet eligibility criteria and provide specific documented evidence. Please consider a payment plan as another option to using this limited resource.

Information for Students

Certificate 3 Guarantee is funded by the Queensland Department of Education and Training

The Queensland Government’s Certificate 3 Guarantee Program allows Sea School International to offer you, if you are eligible, a government subsidised Certificate III qualification. A student co-contribution is also required. On completion of a Certificate 3 Guarantee program graduates will no longer be eligible for a future government funded subsidised training place.

Are you eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee Program?

To be eligible for the Queensland Government funded Certificate 3 Guarantee Program a student must:

  • Be 15 years of age or older.
  • Have finished secondary school or left school.
  • Be a Queensland resident - an Australian Citizen or permanent resident living in Queensland, or a New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland.
  • Not hold or be already undertaking a Certificate III or higher-level qualification. This includes students who have already participated in this program previously. Students can only receive subsidised training for a certificate III one time unless it’s a maritime certificate III Note: Certificate III qualifications completed at school are not counted.
  • Access the Certificate 3 Guarantee Program through approved training providers, such as Sea School International.

Are you eligible for a concession?

The Queensland Government’s goal is to fund training to all those who require further skills. Proof of the following eligibility criteria is required for a concessional co-contribution. You must either:

  • Hold a health care concession card or pensioner concession card or, you’re the partner or dependant of a person who holds one of these cards
  • be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

Check your eligibility online by using the Queensland Skills Gateway website and read the Student Fact Sheet for more information.

How to Apply:

  • Call us on 1300 666 416 to discuss your eligibility for subsidised funding and we’ll send you an Eligibility Form for your completion
  • If you’re eligible, we’ll provide you with a quote for your course fees
  • If you accept the quote, complete the Sea School online enrolment form and remember to tick the 'Apply for QLD government funding box'
Sea School Maritime Qualifications Government Funded Courses Student Co‐Contribution
Non‐Concession Fee
Student Co‐Contribution
Concession Fee
MAR30813 Certificate III in Maritime Operations
(Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)
$1780 $250
MAR30913 Certificate III in Maritime Operations
(Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)
$1780 $250

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