Skilled Capital

Skilled Capital is an ACT Government funded training initiative. Skilled Capital offers a comprehensive range of services to provide Canberrans the support they need to complete the training that is right for them. Skilled Capital will improve access to high quality training in areas of skills needs and maximise improved employment opportunities for students. For more information about Skilled Capital and other ACT government training initiatives, go to the ACT government website here.
1. Participant Eligibility
As a minimum, a student must be (for the duration of enrolment):

a. an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or New Zealand passport holder resident for more than 6 months, or

b. a person who holds a visa that is identified as being eligible (eligibility check on the ACT government website here),


c. living or working in the ACT


d. at least 15 years of age


e. not enrolled in or attending secondary school or college except where the student:

i. is undertaking a course of study leading to completion of year 12 in an alternative program, or

ii. has an Exemption Certificate and the selected Skilled Capital qualification is an approved ASBA pathway.

In addition to above, to be eligible for a certificate II level Skilled Capital qualification, a student must show evidence to demonstrate that a certificate II qualification is a justifiable learning pathway.

2. Restrictions on funding

a. Student cannot enrol in a qualification (or its replacement) already completed within the last 7 years except where the replacement qualification has combined two or more superseded qualifications.

b. Students cannot enrol in a Skilled Capital qualification if the student is already enrolled in the same or equivalent qualification under another government funded initiative

e.g. Australian Apprenticeship or subsidized training with public provider.

c. Students are only enrolled in one Skilled Capital qualification at a time

3. Example of Evidence required

a. Citizenship and Permanent Residency

    • Australian Birth Certificate
    • Australian Passport
    • Australian Permanent Residency visa
    • Nationalisation Certificate
    • Green Medicare Card

b. Visa Holder

Refer to the Skills Canberra Website on for a full list of eligible and ineligible visa types.

For any other types not listed on the website, please let us know and we will check with Skills Canberra.

c. ACT Residency

    • Current ACT Drivers Licence
    • Health Care Card
    • Pension Card
    • ACT Proof of Age Card
    • Utilities account relating to the street address issued within the last 3 months
    • Contract of purchase, current lease/rental document

d. ACT Employment

    • A letter, email or payslip from an ACT Employer that shows the street address where the student is working in the ACT Health Care Card
    • A Statutory Declaration

e. Proof of Age over 15 Years

    • Date of Birth being stated on registration form


    • Date of Birth shown on ID

f. Evidence to justify certificate II eligibility:

    • A signed and dated LLN assessment that documents the ACSF level of the student and the assessor’s determination of whether the level of the student and the assessor’s determination of whether the level of the qualification is appropriate.
    • A Statutory Declaration or signed statement for example, from an employment services provider or health practitioner to prove Change of circumstance.
    • Qualification structure – information in the relevant training package or companion volume that indicates a certificate II qualification is the preferred commencement level.
4. Fees and Charges

a. Participants are required to pay the following compulsory student fees upon registration;

    • CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services $100
    • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support $100
    • CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support $160
    • CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability $220
    • CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health $120
    • CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services $180

Skill Sets

    • CHCSS00067 Administer and Monitor Medication Skill Set $100
    • CHCSS00070 Assist Clients with Medication Skill Set $100
    • CHCSS00081 Induction to Disability $100
    • CHCSS00088 Induction $100
    • CHCSS00095 Dementia Support – Service Delivery Skill Set $100
    • CHCSS00096 Disability Work – Behavior Support Skill Set $100
    • CHCSS00097 Individual Support – Ageing Skill Set $100
    • CHCSS00098 Individual Support – Disability Skill Set $100
    • CHCSS00099 Individual Support – Home and Community (Ageing) Skill Set $100
    • CHCSS00100 Individual Support – Home and Community (Disability) Skill Set $100
    • CHCSS00102 Mental Health Co-existing Needs Skill Set $100

b. There is an additional $15 administration fee per unit of competency if you elect to change study mode from online to workbook or classroom after we have enrolled you in a unit of competency for online study

c. Funding is available for RPL up to 50% of the total units in a qualification. If you wish to apply for more than 50% of the course via RPL there is an additional fee. Please consult with Quest staff.

d. The student fee is non-refundable after you have completed the enrolment process. If you cannot attend the scheduled class you have initially enrolled in then you may transfer to a later course free of charge. For students who cancel enrolment in the diploma course, 50% ($300) of the student fee will be refunded.

e. Quest accepts cash, credit card, online transfer and cheque.

Fee Concession/Exemption
Participants may be eligible for a fee concession if, at the commencement of training they;
  • hold a current Health Care Card or Pension Card, OR
  • can prove genuine hardship

Where the student is under 18 years of age this rule will apply if the parent/guardian holds one of the above cards.

Waiver or exemptions may apply in cases of genuine financial hardship. Please let the Quest staff know if you think you are eligible for fee waiver and exemption.

Completion Arrangements
All training under Skilled Capital must be completed within 2 years of the commencement date.
Students who successfully complete a Skilled Capital qualification may qualify for the student completion payment. Refer to completion payment below.
Completion Payment

Students who successfully complete their qualification are eligible for a completion payment. A completion payment will be paid directly to the student upon completion of the qualification and a survey. The completion payment is:

  • $300 for each qualification
  • $100 for each skill set

Students will be eligible to receive the completion payment for up to one year after the date deemed competent, provided up to data email and bank account details are confirmed. The student must lodge their bank details via the AVETARS student portal.

A student is not eligible for a completion payment where more than 50% of the units are completed through RPL or credit transfer.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment

Every student must do a LLN check before we enrol you on the course. When you are working you must be able to read important documents like health and safety notes and follow written instructions. You must be able to write down information for your fellow workers too. If we think you need some support with the reading and writing, then we can help!

Recognition of Prior Learning

As a student undertaking training with Quest you can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which means recognising competencies or skills you may currently hold, regardless of how, when or where your learning occurred. Competencies may be attained in a number of ways. This includes through any combination of formal or information training and education, work experience or general life experience. In order to grant RPL, the assessor must be confident that you are currently competent against the industry or enterprise competency standards or outcomes specified in Australian Qualification Framework accredited courses. The evidence may take a variety of forms and could include certification, references from past employers, testimonials from client and work samples.  The assessor must ensure that the evidence is authentic, valid, reliable, current and sufficient.

If you would like to apply for RPL please speak with our administration staff during the registration process and they will explain the process for you.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

From 1st January 2015 if you are undertaking nationally recognised training delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

A USI gives you access to your online USI account which is made up of ten numbers and letters. It will look something like this: 3AW88YH9U5

Creating your USI is easy, please go to and click on ‘Create your USI’ button.