Fees-Free Information

Industry training is a form of tertiary education, and because of this, the training you do in your workplace could be eligible for the government's Fees-Free initiative.

Tertiary education is any form of learning that happens after completing secondary education. It may be study or training at a tertiary education organisation, or training in the workplace.

The Fees-Free policy applies for the first two years of industry training, for learners enrolling in eligible programmes from 2018 onward.

Update: For more information about changes to 2019 eligibility, scroll down!

 

Check your eligibility on the Fees-Free website

What does Fees-Free mean for Skills Active trainees?

If you’re getting involved in industry training, you could be eligible for the Fees-Free initiative.

In order to receive Fees-Free training, both you and the programme that you enrol in must be eligible under the government’s criteria.

 

2018 eligibility criteria

A learner starting eligible training in 2018:

Must be allowed to work in New Zealand, AND

Must not be enrolled in school when their programme starts, AND

EITHER was enrolled at school in 2017 or 2018,

OR has not completed previous study or training of more than 60 credits at Level 3 or above – unless those credits were completed while at school.

 

2019 eligibility criteria

A learner starting eligible training in 2019:

Must be allowed to work in New Zealand, AND

Must not be enrolled in school when their programme starts, AND

EITHER was enrolled at school in 2017 or later,

OR has not completed previous study or training of more than 60 credits (or 0.5 EFTS) at Level 3 or above.

Exemptions to the previous study mentioned above:

Any tertiary education undertaken while enrolled in school before 1 January 2019

Any tertiary learning as part of the student’s or trainee’s school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme on or after 1 January 2019

Any credits achieved as part of any industry training programme that consists of fewer than 120 credits that are reported after 1 January 2018.

 

An eligible industry training programme in 2019:

Must be at least 120 credits

Must start in 2018 or 2019

Must be funded by the Tertiary Education Commission

Must be recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority

Must be at Level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

 

In a nutshell - not all programmes are eligible for Fees-Free. So what does this mean for you? Well, below is the list of our qualifications which are eligible. 

 

Which Skills Active Programmes are eligible?

 Currently, the following Skills Active apprenticeships are eligible for Fees-Free training:

Specialised Swim and Water Safety Teacher | Level 4 | 120 credits

New Zealand Certificate in Entertainment and Event Technology (Level 4) | Level 4 | 120 credits

Outdoor Recreation Instructor | Level 4 | 129 credits

Outdoor Recreation Multi-Activity Instructor | Level 4 | 131 credits

Outdoor Recreation/River Guiding | Level 4 | 124 credits 

 

Did you know: If you're not eligible for Fees-Free, but you want to do one of our apprenticeships, we have an assessment rebate available.  Ask us about this option! 

 

Can industry training affect my eligibility for future Fees-Free study?

From 2019, any industry training programmes that you completed during 2018 will not impact your eligibility for Fees-Free study in the future, unless they are 120 credits or more

What this means is: Your future eligibility will not be affected by enrolling in one of our shorter training programmes which are under 120 credits.

Be aware that the 2018 learner eligibility criteria still counts for any Fees-free study you start in 2018.

If you’re in any doubt about the Fees-Free process or the impact of your training on your future eligibility, drop us an email or contact one of our regional advisors.

 

You can also download our general list of fees here