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Choose a training provider

Help & advice

  • Compare fees, services and study options offered by different training providers for the same course.
  • Make sure the training provider is a registered training organisation (RTO) that delivers nationally recognised qualifications.
  • Find out the total fees and costs you will have to pay for the course.

Once you know which course you want to do, you'll need to choose a training provider that meets your needs.

It's worth doing some research as fees, services and study options can vary at different training providers, even for the same course.

Here are some of the things you need to consider when you're choosing a training provider.

Nationally recognised qualifications

Check if the course will give you the type of qualification and skills you need for the job or other course you want to do when you're finished.

Nationally recognised qualifications, and the individual units of a nationally recognised qualification, are accredited and regulated under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). This means they meet certain standards, including specific learning outcomes and what you need to achieve to get the qualification.

Only registered training organisations (RTOs) can deliver nationally recognised training and issue nationally recognised qualifications or statements of attainment.

All qualifications on the Victorian Skills Gateway are nationally recognised.

Registered training organisations (RTOs)

RTOs can be TAFEs, private training providers, adult and community education providers (such as Learn Local providers) or secondary colleges and schools.

All RTOs:

  • are registered with the Australian Government or the Victorian Government
  • meet government quality standards
  • deliver accredited training that leads to nationally recognised qualifications.

All training providers on the Victorian Skills Gateway are RTOs that deliver courses in Victoria.

Fees and costs

Training providers can set their own fees, so costs will vary between courses and training providers. Make sure you find out the total fees and costs you will have to pay for the course.

Training providers must tell you exactly how much you'll have to pay. They are not allowed to offer you incentives to sign up for a course.

It's also worth checking if the provider offers government-subsidised courses.

Find subsidised training

Search for the courses or training providers you’re interested in, then filter by ‘government-subsidised'.

Use the Eligibility Checker to find out if you might be eligible for government-subsidised training.

Delivery and training options

Find out as much as you can about how the course is delivered and your training options, including:

  • location
  • class sizes
  • duration
  • hours of attendance
  • online study options
  • extra learning and assessment activities
  • on-the-job experience and training
  • quality of the facilities
  • equipment needs.

For a checklist of what to consider when choosing a training provider, see the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) fact sheet Choosing a training or education provider.

Your personal information

When you contact a training provider to find out more about a course, be careful about giving them your personal details, for example, your name, phone number, address and email address.

Compare courses and training providers

Compare courses to see the differences between what different courses offer. Find training providers near you and compare what they deliver for the same course.

When you've chosen a provider

Before you enrol, make sure you understand exactly what you're signing up for. See Before you enrol in a course to find out more about your rights and what to look out for.