QLD User Choice

 Under the Ki Solutions Group, Training Specialists Australia (RTO ID 21811) is a proud provider of the User Choice and the VET Investment programs available in Queensland.

The User Choice 2016-17 program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment services for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees. The program aims to provide funding aligned to the skill needs of industry and respond to changing government priorities.

The program provides the flexibility for apprentices, trainees and their employers to select a preferred registered training organisation (RTO) from a list of pre-qualified suppliers for the delivery of nationally recognised, accredited training to meet their specific needs. The program works in conjunction with the Commonwealth Australian Apprenticeships System, under which apprentices and trainees (also known in some jurisdictions as “Australian Apprentices”) enter into legally binding training contracts with their employers and receive structured training to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

QLD User Choice Courses


Training Specialists Australia is approved to deliver the following qualifications under the QLD User Choice Program

SIT Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package

SIT20316 Certificate II in Hospitality

SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality

CPP Property Services Training Package

CPP30316 Certificate III in Cleaning Operations

QLD User Choice Eligibility

  • Individuals who are 13 years of age or older may be eligible to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in most occupations. However there may be age restrictions on particular apprenticeships and traineeships. To check any age restrictions you can visit the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website.
  • All individuals under the age of 18 years at the start date of their apprenticeship or traineeship must have a parent or guardian sign consent to the apprenticeship or traineeship.
  • If an individual is already employed as a Full Time or Part Time worker they are able to commence an apprenticeship or traineeship. This may also reduce the length of the apprenticeship or traineeship if the individuals receives recognition of prior learning or credit transfer for the skills already acquired working in the job role.
  • Causal or daily hire employees are not eligible to undertake apprenticeships or traineeships, as there is no guaranteed pattern of work (which is a requirement of a training contract).
  • Existing employees entering in an apprenticeship or traineeship may be subject to the Existing Workers Policy which may affect funding.
  • Students, typically in years 10, 11 and 12, are able to participate in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships which allows the student to study for their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) while working and training towards a recognised qualification. For more information, read the ATIS-026 School-based apprenticeships and traineeships information sheet.

    School students may also take on a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship outside of school hours.

  • To be registered as a Queensland apprentice or trainee the individual must have a workplace address in Queensland.
  • As a general rule, only Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport, have unrestricted rights to apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia. Any other person wanting to participate in an apprenticeship or traineeship in Australia must have a visa allowing employment. Any other person wanting to work in Australia must have a visa allowing employment. Visa holders may engage in apprenticeships and traineeships provided their work rights allows this, based on information and advice provided by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIPB).

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

The Unique Student Identifier or USI is a references number of 10 numbers and letters that:

  • creates a secure online record of your recognised training and qualifications gained in Australia, even from different training organisations
  • will give you access to your training records and transcripts (available in late 2016)
  • can be accessed online, anytime and anywhere
  • is free and easy to create and
  • stays with you for life

If you are a new or continuing student undertaking a nationally recognised training course/qualification you will need a verified Unique Student Identifier, USI, in order to receive your qualification or statement of attainment. If you do not have a USI you will be unable to receive your qualification or statement of attainment.

To apply for or find your USI please visit the Unique Student Identifier website here.

For more information about QLD User Choice

For more information about User Choice student eligibility, our available courses and traineeships please visit the User Choice website here.