Upskilling & Short Course Funding

At CTF, we support skilled careers in construction by subsidising training courses for people who work in construction and want to future-proof their jobs. Diversify your expertise and help build a safer and more sustainable future for you and the community.

If you successfully complete an approved short course offered by a Registered Training Organisation under our Upskilling and Short Course Funding Program, you may be eligible for a rebate. Our rebates cover up to 80% of the cost for 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.

The CTF Upskilling and Short Course Funding Program

Want to grow your career in construction or upskill your workforce?

Our Upskilling and Short Course Funding Program gives eligible construction workers subsidies for completing approved courses. Whether you’re an apprentice or trainee, already working in the industry or own a construction business, we can help offset your training costs with upskill funding. Please note: subsidy claims cannot be paid for trainees who fail to complete the course(s) in full.

The skills you or your employee gain from the courses ensure access to relevant and practical knowledge of your specific trade. Obtain or advance further in your role and turn your experience into a formal qualification today.

Courses we cover

We support you with subsidies for short training courses delivered through registered training organisations. All courses supported by CTF provide skills and knowledge for the construction and building industry to develop, maintain or improve skills relevant to employment.

Categories of training courses supported by CTF are.

✓ 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.

Rebate examples

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 payout is $1,700 per course.

These are subsidies of $31 to $34 per hour for an eight-hour training day.

Are you eligible?

CTF short course rebates are for people who actively work in Western Australia’s building and construction industry.

Eligibility for a CTF rebate is dependent on your ability to demonstrate primary and substantial, direct involvement on relevant projects in Western Australia’s construction industry. Specifically, this includes on-site construction, installation and/or fabrication activities.

How to claim

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

Please make sure you have the following documentation ready:

For Individuals

  • Proof of course payment (receipt must be from a Registered Training Organisation)
  • Proof of successful course completion (statement of attainment and/or certificate)

For Employers

  • Copy of the training provider’s paid invoice or receipt for payment of training course
  • Proof of successful course completion (statement of attainment and/or certificate)
  • Invoice to CTF for subsidy

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.