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Upskilling & Short Course Funding

Construction Training Fund (CTF) provides funding for upskilling and short-course training for people who work in construction and want to future-proof their jobs.

The Upskilling & Short Course Funding program is designed to help diversify your expertise and build a safer and more sustainable future for you and the community.

To be eligible for funding for your construction short course and training, choose an approved short course offered by a registered training organisation (RTO) under our Upskilling & Short Course Funding program. Our rebates cover up to 80% of the cost of training courses that can set you or your business up for success.

You can claim a rebate for as many approved courses as you complete, providing they fall under the required categories.

Who can claim the Upskilling & Short Course Funding?

Our Upskilling & Short Course Funding program provides eligible construction workers with subsidies for completing approved courses.

Eligible workers in the construction industry can benefit from upskilling and short course training – after all, we all have more we can learn! However, the cost of this training can sometimes impact our opportunity to do so.

Our short course rebates are available to many eligible construction workers. Whether you’re an apprentice or trainee, long-term worker or business owner, offset your training costs with upskilling and short-course funding.

Please note: subsidy claims cannot be paid for trainees who fail to complete the course(s) in full.

The construction training courses we cover

Construction Training Fund provides funding for a wide range of construction training courses across a diverse collection of sectors. The eligibility requirements include:

  • The course being delivered face-to-face or in person within WA*
  • A registered training organisation (RTO) being the one to deliver the course
  • The course being fully paid and the participant passing as competent 
  • The participant demonstrating primary and substantial employment in construction

*Some exceptions may apply, please contact our team with any queries

All courses supported by CTF provide skills and knowledge for the construction and building industry to develop, maintain, or improve skills relevant to employment.

CTF’s Upskilling & Short Course Funding covers:

✓ Construction skills, such as trade, technical and post-trade

✓ Industry skills

✓ Software skills

✓ Occupational licensing

✓ Occupational health and safety

These courses can be subsidised for an eligible apprentice or trainee, as well as an existing worker in the construction industry.

The best way to find out if an upskilling course is available for funding is to chat with a CTF team member. You can call us on (08) 9244 0100 or fill out the form on this page. We’ll be able to provide you with an answer bespoke to your circumstances.

What factors impact how much you’ll receive for upskilling and short course training?

Rebates for approved upskilling and short courses vary between metropolitan and regional areas. The maximum amount an employee can claim for construction-related training in the metropolitan area is $1,300 per course.

For training undertaken regionally, the maximum rebate is $1,700 per course. Please visit our Levy & Disbursements Guide for detailed information about how we calculate the applicable rebate.

Are you eligible for funding?

CTF’s upskilling and short course rebates are claimable by workers in the Western Australian building and construction industry. 

Your eligibility for funding will depend on your ability to demonstrate primary and substantial, direct involvement in relevant projects in Western Australia’s construction industry. Specifically, this includes on-site construction, installation and/or fabrication activities.

If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible for the Upskilling & Short Course Funding rebate, give CTF a call on (08) 9244 0100 or fill out the form on this page.

How to claim?

If you’re eligible, you can claim the Upskilling & Short Course Funding rebate directly from CTF using the link below. Claims must be received by our team within twelve months of course completion.

You will be asked to provide information relevant to claim assessment throughout the claim process. Please also ensure you have the following documentation ready to upload to your claim:

For Individuals

  • Proof of course payment (Invoice showing “paid” status must be from a Registered Training Organisation)
  • Proof of successful course completion (statement/certificate of attainment)

For Employers

  • Proof of course payment (Invoice showing “paid” status must be from a Registered Training Organisation)
  • Proof of successful course completion (statement/certificate of attainment)
  • Upon claim approval, you will be asked to submit an Invoice to CTF for the rebate amount

Lodge a training subsidy claim for yourself or your employee through our CTF portal.

    Upskill rebates FAQs

    How long does it take to upskill?+

    Short courses can take anywhere from one day, or part of a day, to years, depending on which course you choose to take.

    Are there any course exclusions?+

    Yes. Our programs do not extend to the funding of any courses subject to the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) or any courses that do not attract HECS but are substantially supported by public funds.

    What other financial assistance might I be eligible for?+

    You may be eligible for additional benefits such as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Schools Support Program, pre-apprenticeship payments and accommodation allowance.

    For more information about what support we can offer you, please contact us today.

    Are there bulk billing options for payment?+

    Yes. RTOs can apply to CTF for bulk billing. This enables the RTO to offer a subsidised rate to eligible clients upfront. The RTO then claims back the subsidy from CTF after the client has successfully completed and paid for the training course.

    Bulk billing RTOs must determine the client’s and/or employer’s eligibility prior to the course commencing. The final determination rests with CTF.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Construction Training Fund acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land throughout Western Australia and pay our respect to the Elders both past and present. We thank them for their ongoing custodianship of the lands and waters, and celebrate their rich culture of art, song, dance, language, and stories.