Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ)

If you are currently working in the Queensland building and construction industry and want to build your skills, you may be eligible for CSQ funded training.*

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What is CSQ?

Construction Skills Queensland connects builders, tradespeople and construction workers to the latest industry recognised training. As an industry-funded body, CSQ supports in skilling Queensland’s building and construction industry by subsidizing the cost of short courses and full Qualifications for eligible workers.

CSQ is a not-for-profit, industry funded body. As part of the The Building and Construction Industry Training Levy (the levy), CSQ subsidises training costs to support workers, apprentices, trainees and career seekers in the building and construction industry.

Click below to seet how each of the CSQ funding models work and what courses you can do.

*Eligibility criteria applies.

Are you eligible for CSQ Funding? Placements are limited, click below to find out now!
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Higher Level Skills

About

The Higher Level Skills (HLS) program is targeted towards existing workings in the building and construction industry, looking to advance their career through further education. The HLS funding will contribute towards the fees of Certificate IV through to Advanced Diploma level training.*

This program is part of CSQ’s commitment to advancing the skills of the building and construction workforce.

Eligibility Criteria for Higher Level Skills

Under the 2019/20 CSQ Contract, the following eligibility criteria applies:

  • Currently working in the industry, or a construction worker who has been unemployed for less than 4 years
  • Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia or a holder of a refugee or humanitarian visa
  • Permanently reside in Queensland or be permanently employed in Queensland

and must not be:

  • A studying Apprentice or have completed or cancelled an Apprenticeship in the last 12 months
  • currently enrolled and participating in a school program; or
  • contracted trainers and assessors or existing workers of any RTO; or
  • funded by an Authority or other such source for delivery of the same training being undertaken as part of this program; or
  • previously been funded under this program in the same program period; or
  • enrolled in a course they have previously completed.

Under the 2018/19 CSQ Contract, the following eligibility criteria applies.

  • Currently working in the industry, or a construction worker who has been unemployed for less than 6 months
  • Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia or a holder of a refugee or humanitarian visa
  • Permanently reside in Queensland or be permanently employed in Queensland

and must not be:

  • currently enrolled and participating in a school program; or
  • contracted trainers and assessors or existing workers of any RTO; or
  • already funded by an Authority or other such source for delivery of the same training being undertaken as part of this program; or
  • previously been funded under this program in the same program period; or
  • enrolled in a course they have previously completed.

Skills Assessment & Gap Training

About

The Skills Assessment & Gap Training Program (SAGT) is an initiative of CSQ giving existing workers – or return to worker personnel –  in the building and construction industry a chance to turn their experience into a formal qualification.

SAGT process will identify skills that you already have and provide the gap training you need to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

Eligibility Criteria for SAGT

Under the 2019/20 CSQ Contract, the following eligibility criteria applies:

  • Currently working in the industry, or a career seeker with significant, existing experience in the industry
  • Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia or a holder of a refugee or humanitarian visa
  • Permanently reside in Queensland or be permanently employed in Queensland

and must not be:

  • An Apprentice or Trainee; or
  • currently enrolled and participating in a school program; or
  • contracted trainers and assessors or existing workers of any RTO; or
  • Employed by an Authority; or
  • funded by an Authority or other such source for delivery of the same training being undertaken as part of this program; or
  • previously been funded under this program in the same program period; or
  • enrolled in a course they have previously completed.

Under the 2018/19 CSQ Contract, the following eligibility criteria applies.

  • already working in the construction industry
  • already across the majority of skills necessary to operate as a skilled worker but don’t yet hold a qualification.
  • keen to turn experience into a formal qualification.

Apprentice Advance+ Program

About

The  Apprentice Advance+ Program provides Apprentices* is the ultimate pathway from Aprpentice to skilled tradesperson.

As a pathway RTO, it is critical that we can map a clear progression pathway for next generation of Tradespeople. The Apprentice Advance+ program does just that and is an answer to industries need for a better skilled workforce.

For Apprentices that have completed (or cancelled) their Apprenticeship in the last 12 months, or who are entering their 3rd or 4th year, they may be able to access additional short courses to support in their career development. This includes machinery tickets, green building initaitives and more! PLUS, those determined to forge a career in the industry can apply for placement in a full Qualification.

*Please refer to eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria for Apprentice Advance+

Under the 2019/20 CSQ Contract, the following eligibility criteria applies:

  • A current active Apprentice or Trainee in Queensland; or
  • An exisiting working or career seeker in the first year out of their Apprenticeship; or
  • a cancelled Apprentice or Trainee who was undertaking a Recognised Apprenticeship or Traineeship that has been cancelled and they are currently accessing State Government funding to complete their institution-based training; or
  • Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia or a holder of a refugee or humanitarian visa
  • Permanently reside in Queensland or be permanently employed in Queensland

and must not be:

  • currently enrolled and participating in a school program; or
  • contracted trainers and assessors or existing workers of any RTO; or
  • funded by an Authority or other such source for delivery of the same training being undertaken as part of this program; or
  • an Employee of any Authority (excluding employees of an Indigenous Council that is a Principal Contractor); or
  • previously been funded under this program in the same program period; or
  • enrolled in a course they have previously completed.

Short Courses

About

The CSQ Short courses funding assists in upskilling and cross-skilling existing workers in the building and construction industry. Whether you are looking to learn new skills or update your existing knowledge, our short course offerings could be for you.

Eligibility Criteria for CSQ Short Courses

Under the 2019/20 CSQ Contract, the following eligibility criteria applies:

  • Currently working in the industry, or a construction worker who has been unemployed for less than 4 years
  • Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia or a holder of a refugee or humanitarian visa
  • Permanently reside in Queensland or be permanently employed in Queensland

and must not be:

  • A studying Apprentice or have completed or cancelled an Apprenticeship in the last 12 months
  • currently enrolled and participating in a school program; or
  • contracted trainers and assessors or existing workers of any RTO; or
  • funded by an Authority or other such source for delivery of the same training being undertaken as part of this program; or
  • an Employee of any Authority (excluding employees of an Indigenous Council that is a Principal Contractor);
  • previously been funded under this program for more than the allowed number of courses in the same program period; or
  • enrolled in a course they have previously completed.

Under the 2018/19 CSQ Contract, the following eligibility criteria applies.

  • already working in the construction industry
  • seeking to increase your knowledge in a specific area
  • have perhaps been asked by your boss to complete additional training

FAQ

Once the contribution fee is paid, enrolment paperwork completed and you’ve been approved for CSQ funding:

  1. Skills Assessment will be undertaken
  2. At least 80% of the qualification competencies must fall under Recognition of Prior Learning. This includes up to 50% credit transfer from completed competencies.*
  3. Gap training will be provided for the remaining 20% of skills

*Please note: Eligibility for funding may be affected if less than 80% of the qualification cannot be demonstrated through recognition of prior learning.

Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is an independent (non-government) industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices, trainees and career seekers in the building and construction industry.

You can do up to eight (8) Short Courses – General or up to five (5) Short Courses – Civil.

Note: No more than three (3) machinery short courses can be undertaken in the same contract term.

To view the subsisised amounts availaible for each course you can visit the CSQ website alternatively, click here for a detailed description of CSQ contributions per course.