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Skills First Program (formerly the Victorian Training Guarantee)

Important Note:
This is notify everyone that we are not taking any new enrolment for Skills First Program (former VTG) until further notice, but we will still be teaching out our current students until they complete their courses they have enrolled. For more information, please contact our Students Services Department on admin@rgit.edu.au .



Now is the ideal time to make a start on gaining new skills, or upgrading your existing skills, to help you get the job you want.

The Skills First program (formerly the Victorian Training Guarantee) makes vocational training more accessible to people who do not hold a post-school qualification, or who want to gain a higher level qualification than they already hold.

There are now an unlimited number of government-subsidised training places available to people who meet the eligibility criteria.

Courses under the Skills Funding Program are delivered with Victorian funding for eligible applicants. People with disability are encouraged to apply.

RGIT is currently offering the following courses under the Skills First program: 



Health Services

English as an Additional Language



Students eligible for the Skills First program receive government-subsidised tuition. Check if you are eligible: Am I eligible for government-subsidised tuition?

Generally, you are eligible for a government-subsidised training place if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa), or
  • a New Zealand citizen;

and are any of the following:

  • under 20 years of age
  • seeking to enrol in a Foundation Skills List course (and do not hold a Diploma or above qualification or are receiving core skills training in other sectors)
  • seeking to enrol in VCE or VCAL
  • seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship, or
  • 20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification.


In addition to these requirements, an individual is only eligible to:

a) commence a maximum of two courses subsidised through the Skills First Program in a calendar year. Where an individual is enrolled in a course(s) that is scheduled to commence at a later date in that calendar year, this course(s) must be counted for the purpose of this clause when assessing eligibility

b) undertake a maximum of two courses subsidised through the Skills First Program at any one time

c) commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses at the same level within the AQF in their lifetime, and

d) commence a maximum of two government subsidised accredited courses with the title ‘Course in…’ in their lifetime.

If you are enrolled at a school, you will not be able to receive a government-subsidised training place for a course through the Skills First program, unless you are undertaking the course as part of a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. The government supports schools in other ways to offer vocational training to their students, so you should discuss all your options with your school.


An individual is not eligible for government-subsidised training if the individual is:

  • A student enrolled in a school (excluding a school-based Apprentice/Trainee)
  • A prisoner within the meaning of the Corrections Act 1986 who is held at any one of the following custodial settings as outlined in the VET Funding Contract
  • A person who is detained under the Mental Health Act 1986 (VIC); or the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 (VIC) or the Sentencing Act 1991 at the Thomas Embling Hospital, or
  • A person who is detained (other than on weekend detention) under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (VIC) or the Sentencing Act 1991 (VIC) or who is held on remand in one of the following youth justice facilities as outlined in the VET Funding Contract.


How many courses am I eligible for?

You are eligible to commence a maximum of two subsidised courses at the same qualification level in your lifetime. This restriction applies whether or not you complete the courses. For example, this means if you have already commenced two courses at the Certificate III level, you may only commence courses at the Certificate IV level (or above).

This restriction does not apply to courses on the Foundation Skills List or to students recommencing training in the same qualification (at the same or a different provider).

Under exceptional circumstances students may apply for an exemption to the rule allowing only two commencements at the same level, enabling them to enrol in a further qualification at the same level. See the Frequently Asked Questions for information about this. No exemptions are available for any other eligibility criteria.

In addition, eligible students can begin up to two subsidised courses in a year as long as you are not doing any more than two courses at a time.



If you are seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship (not a traineeship) and you have already commenced two courses in that same year, you will be eligible for government subsidised training under the Victorian Training Guarantee if either of the two courses you previously commenced are included on the Higher Education and Skills Pre-Apprenticeship and Pathway qualifications list:

Pre-Apprenticeship and Pathway Qualifications List


Want to study but don't meet the eligibility criteria?

Applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria can still study, however they are required to pay the full fee for service specified for each course.


Entry Requirements and Pre-Enrolment

You must satisfy the academic entry requirements as required for the respective program or course you are seeking to enrol into.

The academic suitability is assessed via the following evidence:

  • certificate and/or SOA, or
  • language, literacy and numeracy test: a written test to determine the prospective student's ACSF level in the required areas, and
  • pre-training review.

A pre-training review will be undertaken to determine the course's suitability to meet your needs and interests. The pre-training review will:

  • identify any competencies previously acquired
  • ascertain the most suitable qualification for you to enrol in
  • ascertain that the proposed learning strategies and materials are appropriate for you
  • where the proposed learning includes portions delivered online, identify your digital capability, and more.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning: 

If you have already completed units of competencies previously for the course you are applying for, you may be eligible for a Credit Transfer.

You will need to apply in writing by completing the Credit Transfer Application Form and attach a verified transcript, Award or Statement of Attainment.

If you believe you already have some of the competencies in the course you are applying for, you may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). An essential requirement of RPL is providing thorough evidence that you currently have the required competencies.

You will need to apply in writing by completing the RPL Application Form.


Intakes, Course Delivery and Tuition Fees: 

The intake and delivery for Skills First program students can be flexible, subject to the course you are enroling into. . The total number of hours per course are fixed, however the duration of the course varies as per student needs.

Tuition fees for each course vary according to the government subsidy provided. Concession fees are available.


For more information: 


Student Information:


Read our student Policies and Procedures.



Download: Expression of Interest Form

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Student queries: studentservices@rgit.edu.au

Call: (03) 9662 8022

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