Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are free to set their own course fees so training costs vary between courses and between providers.
In general, the costs of training consist of:
- tuition fees
- other fees set by the training provider such as services and amenities fees
- books and material costs.
Before students enrol, ask the training provider for:
- an itemised list of the fees and when they are due
- information about any concessions or refunds for which you may be eligible
- and any evidence you will need to support your claim.
The Victorian Training Guarantee
Students may be eligible for a government-subsidised place in courses offered at RTOs. This is called the Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG).
If eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of training.
You can check the Funding eligibility indicator on the Victorian Skills Gateway for an indication of your eligibility, but only the RTO can say for sure if the student is eligible for a particular course.
For more information, see: Funding eligibility indicator
Think carefully about the course you choose
If you’re 20 years of age or more and you are eligible, think carefully about the course you choose because you won’t necessarily be eligible for another government-subsidised place at the same level if you change your mind and decide you want to do a different course.
If you complete a Certificate III in Aged Care, for example, and then find you don't like the work or there are no jobs in your area, you probably won't be eligible for another government subsidised place in a different Certificate III course.
Make the most of your opportunity and choose carefully.