Funding & Incentives

The Federal Government and each individual State Government have a range of incentives & funding available to workers undertaking apprenticeships & traineeships – These vary according to your specific situation, location and /or qualification.

For further details please refer to the links below

Australian Government Incentives

Your local AASN Australian Apprenticeship Support Network can provide further assistance in this area.

 

FEE FREE APPRENTICESHIPS STRATEGY

The NSW Government is investing an additional $285 million to fund the qualification fees for 100,000 new apprentices; making training fee free for NSW apprentices commencing on or after 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2022

Apprentice eligibility

NSW apprentices, who are funded under Smart and Skilled and NSW apprentices funded through the Cross Border Contract, and who commence subsidised training on or after 1 July 2018 are eligible. This includes:

  1. Apprentices who commence subsidised training for the first time on or after 1 July 2018; and
  2. Apprentices whose apprenticeship is cancelled and subsequently recommence an apprenticeship in the same vocation with a different employer, and recommence subsidised training on or after 1 July 2018
  3. Apprentices whose apprenticeship is cancelled and subsequently commence a new apprenticeship in a new vocation with a same/different employer, and commence in subsidised training on or after 1 July 2018
  4. An apprentice who has completed an apprenticeship and is undertaking a subsequent apprenticeship and is commencing the subsidised training in the subsequent apprenticeship on or after 1 July 2018

For 2 and 3 above, this means that the apprentice will be awarded Credit Transfer (CT) and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) (where relevant).

Specific apprentice exclusions from eligibility

A NSW apprentice who commenced subsidised training prior to 1 July 2018 and subsequently, on or after 1 July 2018 recommences their subsidised training:

  1. with the same provider, and is employed by the same employer and in the same vocation, or;
  2. changes provider and remains party to a training contract with the same employer and in the same vocation,

is not eligible for fee free training.

 

FIAA Fees & Refund Policy

Payment of all refunds, to students who are entitled to a refund, are in accordance with the following refund policy. 

FIAA will strive to maintain its highly competitive fee structure, as well as its fair and equitable refund policy.  

  • Payment of all refunds is made within one week (seven days) of application for refund.  
  • With regard to all withdrawals, FIAA will firstly encourage a student to enrol on another course date, prior to processing refund applications. 
  • Written notification of withdrawal from a training program must be provided by a student to apply for a refund for a course.  This may be via letter, email or the completion of the refund form.
  • There is no refund applicable where a student has commenced their course/unit.
  • There is no refund to participants who do not obtain their qualification after assessment.
  • There is no refund for recognition of prior learning assessments after enrolment, where Recognition resources and services have been supplied to the student.
  • FIAA does not accept liability for loss or damage suffered in the event of withdrawal from a course by a student.
  • FIAA provides a full refund to all students, should there be a need for FIAA to cancel a course.  In the first instance FIAA will (where possible) provide an opportunity for the student to attend another scheduled course.
  • If FIAA cancels a course, students do not have to apply for a refund, FIAA will process the refunds automatically.
  • Refunds for cancellation of enrolments in individual courses are granted on a sliding scale:
  • Students have 21 days from invoice date to receive a full refund with no penalty. After the 21 days the following fees apply.

Refund Type

Description

Notification Requirements

Non-refundable fee

Refund

Enrolment cancellation (Training NOT Commenced  and prior to the withdrawal with no penalty date)

All individual units NOT commenced/attended/ completed from within the qualification/Accredited course.

In writing to FIAA within the “no penalty” date determined by FIAA

Full Refund

Full Refund

Course Cancellation by FIAA

Cancellation of a course by FIAA (for any reason)

N/A

Full Refund

-Full refund

Withdrawal from Course within the “Withdrawal with no penalty” day

Withdrawal from Training - for all individual units commenced/attended/ completed from within the qualification /Accredited course

In writing within the “no penalty” date determined by FIAA

Full Refund

- Full refund

Withdrawal from Course beyond the “Withdrawal with no penalty” day

Withdrawal from Training - for all individual units commenced/attended/ completed from within the qualification /Accredited course

In writing beyond the “no penalty” date determined by FIAA

$150 administration and processing fee

-No refund

-In some cases upon the discretion of the Management, the Calculated Refund less the administration and processing fee

Partial

Where recognition of prior learning and/or credit transfer has been granted after enrolment

N/A

$150 administration and processing fee

-As per provider calculator (for Smart and Skilled training)

Withdrawal – “not on their own accord”

Where training ceased due to RTO closure or termination of funding contract

N/A

$150 administration and processing fee

Full refund less administration fee or referral to a different service provider

 

  • Refunds for cancellation of enrolments in full qualifications are subject to the following refund formula.

Fee Type

Description

Fee $$

Enrolment cancellation fee

RTO administrative processes for processing of enrolment, reporting and other administrative actions related to cancellation

$150.00 per qualification

Unit Fee – Commenced

For all individual units commenced/attended/ completed from within the qualification /Accredited course

Full Unit fee payable by the student

Nil Refund

Unit Fee – Not Commenced

For all individual units NOT commenced/attended/ completed from within the qualification /Accredited course

Full Unit fee paid by the student is Refunded

 

Student Resource Fee

Student resources will be available through FIAA’s online Learn Centre.

Students will be provided with an individual logon and will be able to access their student Learner Resources and Assessment Workbooks on-line at any time.

This new online learning environment will also allow students to submit their Assessment Workbooks and Portfolios / Projects on completion ready for assessment by their FIAA Assessor.

 

DEFAULT OPTION: Online Resources – Free of charge

Students will automatically receive Online Resources unless Printed / Mailed Resources has been selected below.

Upon confirmation of enrolment, students will be able to access both Learner Resources and Assessment Workbooks via FIAA Learn Centre using their individual login details.

 

ALTERNATE OPTION: Printed / Mailed Resources – $110 per year

Printed Resources will be sent to students prior to assessment visits.  If students wish to utilise this option a Resource Fee will be administered per year to cover the cost of delivery charges.

**Prior to commencing enrolment for the year, students will be asked to nominate their preferred options.

 

FIAA may issue a refund (Less administration charge) if:

  • If you provide FIAA with written notification that you wish to withdraw from training before the Induction / Training Commencement, less the Administration Fee.
  • When Student is unable to attend due to extended hospitalisation/ prolonged illness (more than 6weeks) / pregnancy / childbirth. (Medical certificate may be required).
  • You made a full-year payment and withdrew with no attendance or participation in training in Semester Two. You may be eligible for a refund of the Semester 2, dependant on the amount of training undertaken during Semester 1 (Fee for Service Students).
  • You enrolled in a course that has been cancelled by FIAA

FIAA will NOT issue a refund if:

  • There are changes to work hours
  • Moving interstate
  • Job change or retrenchment
  • Student who leave before full course completion

How to apply for a Refund:

  • You will be required to complete a “FIAA Withdrawal from Training Form”.
  • On approval of application, the reimbursement procedure may take up to 28 days.
  • This will also incur a “Refund Administration Fee” to cover administration costs. 

Training General Information & Forms:

2018 ENROLMENT & ADMINISTRATON FEES

  • Fees are due at the commencement of each semester.
  • Fees below are current for 2018 only
  • Please note FIAA charge a semester fee to ensure we do not exceed the $1500 yearly threshold for student enrolment fees.
NSW Apprentices & Trainees  (Smart & Skilled)    
Certificate 2    
MSF20313 Certificate II in Furniture Making   Click here for fee calculator
Certificate 3    
MSF31113  Certificate III in Cabinetmaking   Click here for fee calculator
MSF30213 Certificate III in Furniture Making   Click here for fee calculator
     
SA Apprentices & Trainees (Funded)   Year 1 - $0
    Year 2-4 - $500 per year of enrolment
     
ACT Apprentice & Trainees (Funded)   Year 1 - $350
 (Total tuition fee - $1550)   Year 2 - $600
   

Year 3 - $600

RPL Programs    
MSF31113 Certificate III in Cabinet Making  

Enrolment Fee - $1000 (Minimum Course Total is $2200) 

Gap Training - Any Additional Units will be charged at $175 each. Maximum course fee - $3500*

*refer to notes 

Kitchen Bathroom Laundry Renovators Upgrade  

Enrolment Fee - $350 plus cost per unit @ $175 Each (6 Units $1400)

* Refer to notes

Individual Units  

Enrolment Fee - $250 

Cost per unit - $175

Fee For Services Training   POA
     
Student Resource Fee (Printed)   $110 (per year)
Student Resource Fee (On-Line)    $0 (per year)

 

**The fees listed are current for 2018 and will be reviewed in December 2018. Fees are subject to change according to relevant government funding contracts.

Enrolment Fees are due at the commencement of each semester.

 

ADMINSTRATION FEES

Recommencement Fee (Suspended Training)         $100
     
Administration Fee (Refund & Cancellation)   $100
     
Re-Issue Certificate / SOA   $55

 

 

*RPL PROGRAMS

Student fees will increase if you are assessed as 'not yet competent' by Recognition of Prior Learning in any of the units of competency and are required to undertake training and assessment. The maximum fee for a full course is capped at $3500.

Member Discount

If you are a FIAA Member you are entitled to a 15% discount on your RPL cost. State your member number during your enquiries and our Admission Staff will ensure to apply the discount. 

Existing Student Discount

For existing FIAA students who enrol in KBLR upgrade within 60 days of completing your apprenticeship training, FIAA will provide you with a 50% discount on your KBLR Enrolment fee.

 

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