Pre-accredited training and programs


The primary purpose of pre-accredited education and training is to provide opportunities for adult learners in Victoria to gain the educational capacity and core skills they need for study, work and life.

Pre-accredited education and training addresses the needs of adults who have experienced barriers to education in the past and find it difficult to undertake accredited courses as their first step into vocational training, particularly those learners who have not achieved Year 12 or an equivalent qualification.

Pre-accredited training programs focus on creating pathways for learners to further education and training and to employment.

Pre-accredited training programs are short modular courses which are unique and separate from accredited training programs, with their own A-frames (Course and Session Plans) and objectives.

Programs are designed to be flexible, meet learners’ needs and support them to return to study, improve their literacy and numeracy skills, qualification pathways and broaden their employment options.

2021 Pre-accredited Training Delivery Guidelines

Expressions of interest

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are currently closed for 2021 Pre-accredited Training Delivery as well as two additional programs - the Learner Engagement A-frame Program (LEAP) and the Skills for Work and Study Pilot Programs.

Pre-accredited Training Delivery, LEAP and Skills for Work and Study Pilot Programs are separate programs, each with their own guidelines, EOI requirements and processes.

To reduce compliance and administration requirements, the EOI processes for these programs were open in the same period (September/October 2020).  Only providers who were applying for 2021 Pre-accredited Training Delivery were eligible to apply for LEAP and/or the Skills for Work and Study Pilot Program.

The 2021 Guidelines and Delivery Plan Template for Pre-accredited Training Delivery are available below:

The 2021 Guidelines and Delivery Plan templates for the LEAP and Skills for Work and Study Pilot Programs are available on the below related web pages:

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to submit an EOI for 2021 training delivery, you must:

  • Be registered with the Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board, or be covered by the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.
  • Have a current satisfactory ACFE Board Business and Governance Status Assessment (BGS), or have a current Skills First government subsidised accredited training contract.
  • Upload your BGS (including financial statements) into SAMS by 27 November 2020, otherwise the Department cannot offer you a Service Plan for ACFE Board Pre-accredited Training Delivery.
  • Ensure you meet the additional eligibility criteria outlined in the 2021 Pre-accredited Training Delivery Guidelines.

If you wish to deliver pre-accredited training in 2021 but have not delivered in 2020, please contact your regional office as soon as possible.

Provider information session on 2021 ACFE Training Delivery

An information session regarding 2021 ACFE Training Delivery was held in September 2020.  A copy of the presentation and a Frequently Asked Questions document is provided below for Learn Local providers:

Training Data Reporting Guidelines

The 2021 Pre-accredited Training Data Reporting Guidelines for pre-accredited, LEAP, Skills for Work and Study and SARA 2021 program delivery are available below:


2021 Training Delivery Support Grant

The 2021 Training Delivery Support Grant (TDSG) provides funds to eligible Learn Local providers, that are contracted to deliver pre-accredited training. The purpose of this grant is to support the purchase of equipment and resources to facilitate the delivery and reporting of quality programs and services to learners experiencing educational disadvantage.

An annual grant of $5,500 (excluding GST) will be paid to providers that have a contract with the ACFE Board to deliver government subsidised pre-accredited training in 2021.

A Training Delivery Support Grant Purchase Plan is being introduced to provide a record of your intended purchases.

Please complete and submit your 2021 Training Delivery Support Grant Purchase Plan to your Regional Manager for approval by COB Friday 5 March 2021.  Once your Purchase Plan has been approved by your Regional Manager, the funds will be released in SAMS2.

The Training Delivery Support Grant funds must be fully spent by 31 December 2021.  Any unspent funds must be returned to the ACFE Board.

For more information about the TDSG see: