Training fees

Training fees

The NSW Government funds the cost of formal training with a registered training organisation (RTO) including TAFE for your apprentice or new entrant trainee.

Enrolment fees

Your training provider is required to charge a fee on enrolment at the beginning of each year for all apprentice and trainees. 

Enrolment fees can vary from RTO to RTO.

TAFE NSW currently charges $414 (2010).

Either you or your apprentice or trainee pays this fee.


TAFE fee exemptions

TAFE NSW may exempt fees under special circumstances. 

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Fee reimbursements


  • There are a number of NSW state and federal awards which require employers to pay or reimburse fees charged by training providers to deliver apprenticeship training.  Please check your industrial award.


  • There are no provisions in any NSW traineeship training wage awards relating to payment or reimbursement by employers of fees charged by training providers to deliver traineeship training.


Enquiries about award requirements should be directed to the

NSW Award Enquiry Service on 13 16 28

Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) on 1300 363 264.

No fees for school-based apprentices and trainees

School-based apprentices, trainees and their employers are not subject to any fees or charges by their training provider in relation to any aspect of the delivery of their training.

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Page last updated: 27 May 2015