New South Wales – Smart and Skilled Funding

About Smart and Skilled NSW

Smart and Skilled is government funded training that provides individuals working or living in NSW with access to subsidised training in a range of qualifications.

Learning Sphere currently holds a funding contact with the New South Wales Government under the Smart and Skilled Program and can help individuals and employers to access funding to develop skills or upskill workforces.

We work within the NSW Quality Framework to ensure that we achieve best practice in all our activities.

This includes:

  • Striving for improvement through a student-centred approach to the training experience
  • Expanding connection to industry so
    • training is innovative and meets employer needs, and
    • students have access to placements and exposure to the workplace
  • Providing high level individualised support for students, particularly disadvantaged students
  • Capability building of staff and systems
  • Using external sources to validate assessment practices.

Applying for a USI

Anyone undertaking nationally recognised training in Australia is required to obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

This number is your individual education number and records all training you successfully complete. You can access your records for the purposes of employment, credit transfer etc.

To apply for a USI, you will are required to provide valid identification documents and follow the steps required to create your account.

Please follow the link to the USI website to assist you in doing this.

You can also link your USI to your myGov account which allows you to use a single secure sign in.  You will need an active USI account before you can link your USI to your myGov.


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Student Eligibility

Eligibility for Smart and Skilled depends on the program you are enrolling into. Please speak with your Learning Sphere representative to discuss your eligibility into the different funded programs we deliver under Smart and Skilled Funding

To demonstrate your eligibility, you will be asked to provide specific documentation. A full list of the types of documentation that can be provided is available in Section 3 of the Smart and Skilled Eligibility Guide (link provided below).

As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

Student Eligibility Policy Smart and Skilled

Consumer Protection Strategy

Learners funded through Smart and Skilled should expect that:

  • they receive quality education and training
  • be fully informed about the personal information collected about them
  • have access to Learning Spheres complaints and appeals system.

Learning Sphere has a dedicated consumer protection officer to assist with the above and we encourage you to make contact should you have any concerns.


Johann Compion

General Manager / Consumer Protection Officer

1300 296 298


Learners can contact Smart and Skilled directly on 1300 772 104 and access further information from their website

Access to the current Smart and Skilled: Consumer Protection Policy Strategy here

Enrolment / Notification of Enrolment

Prior to enrolment, individuals are provided with information about their course to ensure that they can make an informed decision on enrolling into a course with Learning Sphere.

All enrolments will be processed in line with our own enrolment process and the requirements of our Smart and Skilled Contract.

All funded students must provide a fully completed enrolment form which includes a written consent (via the enrolment form) for the Department to use their information.

If this is not provided we are unable to proceed with the enrolment via funding through Smart and Skilled.

Learning Sphere will validate prospective learners eligibility using the provider calculator which is available on the Smart and Skilled website. This will also generate fees chargeable to students and this will be provided to each individual student or their employer (if being supported financially by the employer).

Learners will also be expected to complete a LLN quiz to ascertain any individual needs.

Once the above has been completed and the student has met the entry requirements, they will be enrolled into the course and provided an information welcome letter with links to the Student Handbook, and a post enrolment survey.

Notification of Enrolment Process

As a funded learner, we are required to advise how the Notification of Enrolment process works. You will receive an email from us upon commencement confirming that the notification of enrolment has been processed. The below is completed in conjunction with our own Enrolment Process.

  1. All learners must complete and sign the Consent Form provided with the enrolment form.
  2. Learning Sphere will then use the Department calculator to validate eligibility and use this to generate details of any fees that are chargeable for the program. We also confirm that the learner has completed the consent form. This also provides Learning Sphere with information on the applicable subsidy.
  3. At this point, we will generate a notification of enrolment report that we retain for reference regarding fees and subsidies (if this is amended after the Commitment ID is issued)
  4. If the above is completed, the learner will be issued with a unique Commitment ID number.
  5. We will provide the learner with a Notification of Enrolment Email and is provided before formal course commencement.

Fees and Charges

The student fee payable under the different types of Smart and Skilled funding we hold is listed below. You can also find out more information about fees and charges here



EFQ : Entitlement  Full Qualifications

TPFQ – Targeted Priority Full Qualifications

EAT – Entitlement Apprenticeship Traineeship


Student Fees (correct until 30/6/2024)

Qualification First Qualification Fee Subsequent Qualification Fee Traineeship Fee Concession Fee
AHC20416* Certificate II in Horticulture $1120 $1340 n/a $160
AHC30716* Certificate III in Horticulture $2190 $2620 n/a $240
AHC40416* Certificate IV in Horticulture $2770 $3240 n/a $240
BSB30120 Certificate III in Business $1320 $1580 0 $240
BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business $1580 $1850 0 $240
BSB40520 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management $1580 $1850 0 $240
BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety $1580 $1850 0 $240
BSB50420 Diploma of Leadership and Management $2530 $2850 0 n/a
CPP30321 Certificate III in Cleaning Operations $1320 $1580 0 $240
CPP40421 Certificate IV in Cleaning $1980 $2310 0 $240
SIT30622 Certificate III in Hospitality $1450 $1750 0 $240
TLI30321 Certificate III in Supply Chain Operations $1480 $1780 0 $240

*Superseded and no longer offered for enrolment


Student Fees (from 1 July 2024)

Qualification First Qualification Fee Subsequent Qualification Fee Traineeship Fee Concession Fee
AHC20422 Certificate II in Horticulture $1,120 $1,340 n/a $160
AHC30722 Certificate III in Horticulture $2,190 $2,620 n/a 240
AHC40422 Certificate IV in Horticulture $2,770 $3,240 n/a 240
BSB30120 Certificate III in Business $1320 $1580 0 $240
BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business $1,580 $1,850 0 $240
BSB40520 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management $1,580 $1,850 0 $240
BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety $1,580 $1,850 n/a $240
BSB50420 Diploma of Leadership and Management $2,530 $2,850 0 n/a
CPP30321 Certificate III in Cleaning Operations $1,320 $1,580 0 $240
CPP40421 Certificate IV in Cleaning $1,980 $2,310 0 $240
SIR30216 Certificate III in Retail n/a n/a 0 n/a
SIT30622 Certificate III in Hospitality $1,450 $1,750 0 $240
TLI30321** Certificate III in Supply Chain Operations $1,480 $1,780 0 $240


*BSB41419 – This qualification is part of the NSW Fee Free Initiative. Subject to the availability of places, students that meet the standard Smart and Skilled Eligibility criteria are eligible for this initiative between 01 July and 31 December 2024.

**TLI30321 – Commencement limits are in place for this qualification.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.  Subsided training is not discounted or subsidised by Learning Sphere or any other third party.

Assistance for Learners

Learning Sphere is proud to offer education to all individuals and will ensure that where required and identified, we will provide additional assistance in order to complete training.

All assistance will be based on individual need and may include the following:

  • Additional targeted training
  • Adjustments to assessment to embrace inclusivity. This may include oral assessment instead of written or any other identified adjustment. Noting that any adjustment made will not affect the requirements of the assessment.
  • Learning Support Plans completed with the learner to track any needs, celebrate improvements. The Learning Support Plan is a living document and can change as the learner becomes comfortable with the learning environment.
  • Provision of hard copy resources where online is not practicable for the learner.
  • Ongoing assistance from trainer /assessor when asked and when identified.
  •  Support or referral to other agencies.

There will be instances where the assistance required is outside of the Learning Sphere scope.  We will do our best to support these students in obtaining help as needed and where we are able, training may be suspended until the learner feels able to recommence studying.