What you need to know before getting started......


Australian Apprenticeships - Australian Apprenticeships (often referred to as apprenticeships or traineeships) are available to anyone of working age. 


Training Contract – Formal training agreement between the employer and the apprentice that protects the interest of both parties and outlines the qualification to be undertaken, your obligation as the Employer to provide training and the Australian Apprentice’s obligations to you.


State Training Authority (STA) - are government departments in each State or Territory responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system (including Australian Apprenticeships) within that jurisdiction.


Apprenticeship Network Providers (ANPS)  – contracted by the Australian Government to provide both apprentices and employers with information about apprenticeship pathways, as well as:

  • Conduct Training Contract sign up's
  • Provide information on Incentives and Payments for Employers & Apprentices
  • Assist with Apprenticeship placements
  • Work with State Training Authority’s to provide an integrated service
  • Work closely with RTO’s, GTO’s, Job Services Australia providers (JSA) and Schools.

Registered Training Organisation (RTO) - is a vocational education organisation that provides students with training that results in qualifications and statements of attainment that are recognised and accepted by industry and other educational institutions throughout Australia.


Group Training Organisation (GTO) - Group Training is an alternative employment arrangement for Australian Apprentices and employers whereby a Group Training Organisation (known as a GTO) recruits potential and/or existing Australian Apprentices under an Apprenticeship / Traineeship Training Contract and places them with ‘host’ employers while they undertake their training.


How to get started......


STEP 1 - Finding the right apprentice / trainee for your business

The hard part is finding the right trainee / apprentice for your business who is keen, hardworking and reliable.  Take your time during the hiring process to ensure that candidates have a clear understanding of your business and business work ethics, and how their role as a trainee/apprentice fits into your workplace.  Once this is done, it gets a little easier.

STEP 2 - Contact your ANP

Contact your Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) or if you don't currently have one, you can visit www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au to find an ANP in your local area.  The ANP representative can then schedule a workplace visit to discuss:

Once you have met with your ANP and it has been determined that both the business and the Australian Apprentice meet the eligibility requirements for the Australian Apprenticeship Program, you will then move on to the Sign Up stage.

STEP 3 - Training Contract Sign Up!!

Your ANP will draw up the Training Contract and Training Plan Proposal to be signed by yourself (employer) and your apprentice.

At this stage you will need to advise the ANP representative that you wish to use FIAA as your preferred training provider.

The training contract will then be lodged with the State Training Authority (STA) in your state and FIAA will be notified of the new training agreement in place.

STEP 4 - FIAA Training Enrolment

Once the FIAA has been notified of the new Training Contract we will then contact your business and your apprentice via email to commence the Pre-Enrolment Process for your apprenticeship.

STEP 5 - Pre-enrolment


Your apprentice will receive a FIAA Application for Enrolment email. Within this email there will be a link to an online application form for your apprentice to complete. This application form requires the apprentice to enter their personal details and information required for them to enrol into their chosen qualification.

Your business will be sent an email with an Employer Details Form to complete.

Literacy and Numeracy Assessment

Once we have received the Online Application Form and Employer Details Form your student will be emailed a link to complete an online Literacy and Numeracy assessment. This assessment is designed to determine your apprentices learning levels prior to commencement of training and to enable FIAA to provide appropriate support to your apprentice with any specific learning difficulties identified. We ask that this assessment is supervised by a representative of your business.


Once FIAA has received your apprentices completed Literacy and Numeracy Assessment and evaluated their support needs you and your apprentice will receive the 1st semester invoice. Please refer to the Fees and Funding page to determine the cost, as each states funding initiative varies. For funded NSW apprentices you will receive a Smart and Skilled Notification of Enrolment which details the full course costs, and an invoice for their 1st Semester.

Students will be given free access to their learning resources online, however they also have the option to choose hard copy (pre-printed) Learner resources for an annual fee of $110.

Please be advised if your apprentice is eligible for concessions or disability exemptions this will alter the enrolment process listed above, you may need to provide FIAA with further evidence and there may be a fee waiver.

STEP 6 - Student Induction

Once we have completed the Pre-Enrolment process and finalised the 1st semester enrolment fee, you will then:

  • Receive an Induction Pack for both yourself (Business) and your Australian Apprentice
  • Receive a call from your FIAA Assessor to schedule the Induction Visit to commence your training within the next intake period.

Intake Calendar

For each application for enrolments received and finalised (Step 1-6 above) your apprentice will be placed into the next upcoming intake period. Please be advised that if the pre-enrolment process is not finalised prior to 10 days before the next intake date your student may be placed into the following intake at a later date, this will depend on student numbers and Trainer/Assessor availiability for that period.

Please see below for the intake dates highlighted on the calendar. Please note that the induction visit will not fall on the exact intake start date. This date represents the commencement of FIAA’s induction period and your Trainer/Assessor will be incontact with you to schedule your induction visit date.

Contact us

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Administration Team on (02) 4340 2000 or email training@fiaa.com.au.