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CSQ (Construction Skills Queensland) is an independent, not-for-profit, industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices, trainees and career seekers in the building and construction industry.

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CSQ provides funding to reduce the financial obstacle to training, making upskilling an affordable option for many more individuals in the construction industry.

What’s available under the CSQ Funding Initiative:

The 21.22 CSQ funding contract runs from 1 October 202130 September 2022.

Short Course programs provide funding to assist with upskilling and cross-skilling workers in the building and construction industry. Short Courses are individual competencies and skill sets designed to provide flexible solutions to workers wanting to update their skills and knowledge.


Courses Available (Building Specific)Contribution FeeCSQ Rebate
Health and Safety Representative (HSR) course (Full)$ 50.00$ 589.00
Health and Safety Representative (HSR) Refresher$ 25.00$ 268.00
MSMWHS217 Gas Test Atmospheres$ 1.00$ 202.00
TLILC0003 Licence to operate a Forklift Truck$ 25.00$ 451.00
CPCCDE3014 Remove non-friable asbestos$ 1.00$ 225.00
TLILIC0002 Licence to operate a Vehicle Loading Crane$ 50.00$1 159.00
TLILIC0005 Licence to operate a boom-type Elevating Work Platform$ 350.00$ 528.00
Asbestos General Awareness Training (non-accredited)$ 1.00$ 150.00
Courses Available (Construction Specific)Contribution FeeCSQ Rebate
RIIWHS204E Work safely at heights$ 1.00$ 225.00
RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces$ 1.00$ 300.00
RIIMPO317F Conduct roller operations$ 25.00$ 500.00
RIIMPO318F Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations$ 25.00$ 505.00
RIIMPO320F Conduct civil construction excavator operations$ 25.00$ 505.00
RIIMPO321F Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations$ 25.00$ 505.00
RIICCM202E Identify, locate and protect underground services$ 1.00$ 227.00
RIIRIS301E Apply risk management processes (S1)$ 25.00$ 240.00
RIICOM301E Communicate information (S3)$ 25.00$ 227.00
RIIHAN308F Load and unload plant$ 25.00$ 266.00
RIIHAN309F Conduct telescopic materials handler operations$ 50.00$ 540.00
RIIMPO316E Conduct self-propelled compactor operation$ 200.00$ 404.00
RIIMPO319F Conduct backhoe/loader operations$ 150.00$ 505.00
RIIMPO323E Conduct civil construction dozer operations$ 25.00$ 505.00
RIIMPO324F Conduct civil construction grader operations$ 250.00$ 505.00
RIIMPO325E Conduct civil construction scraper operations$ 25.00$ 505.00
RIIMPO337E Conduct articulated haul truck operations$ 250.00$ 569.00
RIIHAN301E Operate elevating work platform$ 50.00$ 266.00

Contribution Fee:
This initiative allows the employer or employee to cover the ASTRA Co-contribution Training fee.

Funding Rebate:
The funding rebate for each course conducted during the contract term is listed above.

Funding is not available for any Units of Competency previously completed by a Participant.

You must be able to provide evidence of citizenship and current employment and is mandatory for your eligibility.

A program for workers and career seekers with significant experience, the Skills Assessment and Gap Training (SAGT) provides a pathway for participants to have their existing skills recognised and provide Gap Training to achieve Qualifications within the Building and Construction Industry in Queensland.


Nationally Recognised Qualifications Available (Building Specific)Contribution FeeCSQ Rebate
AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape Construction$ 50.00$1 500.00 (RPL)

+ $ 400.00 p/u

Nationally Recognised Qualifications Available (Construction Specific)Contribution FeeCSQ Rebate
RII30820 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations$ 50.00$1 500.00 (RPL)

+ $ 400.00 p/u

RII30920 Certificate III in Civil Construction$ 50.00$1 500.00 (RPL)

+ $ 400.00 p/u


Contribution Fee:
This initiative allows the employer or employee to cover the ASTRA Co-contribution Training fee.

Assessment Funding:
The Assessment Funding Rate for each Assessment conducted during the Contract Term is $1,500.00 per Assessment.

Gap Training Rebate*:
In order to meet the eligibility requirements, participants must be able to demonstrate 70% or more RPL (recognised prior learning) experience.

Gap Training rebate is available for a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of ten (10) Gap Training Products.

Participants may use credit transfers towards the achievement of a qualification, however, no more than 50% of the minimum number of units required to complete the Qualification are achieved through direct credit transfer, and Skills Assessment and Gap Training must lead to awarding the full Qualification.

In order to receive funding, participants must successfully meet and complete the RPL process and complete 2 gap training units. If these requirements are not met, the full cost of the training will be payable.

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

  • You cannot be a current apprentice or trainee

The Higher Qualification (HQ) program aims to retain the skills of existing workers in the building and construction industry by providing access to Certificate IV and higher vocational qualifications.


Nationally Recognised Qualifications Available (Building Specific)Contribution FeeCSQ Rebate
BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety$ 50.00$2 700.00
BSB51319 Diploma in Work Health & Safety$ 50.00$2 761.00
Nationally Recognised Qualifications Available (Construction Specific)Contribution FeeCSQ Rebate
RII40720 Certificate IV in Civil Construction (Supervision)$ 50.00$4 725.00

Contribution Fee:
This initiative allows the employer or employee to cover the ASTRA Co-contribution Training fee.

Funding Rebate:
The Funding Rate for each Qualification conducted during the contract term is listed above.

Funding is not available for any Units of Competency or Qualifications previously completed by a Participant.

You must be able to provide evidence of citizenship and current employment and is mandatory for your eligibility.

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

  • Apprentices or trainees must be 50% completed their current apprenticeship / traineeship

Eligibility Requirements

1) Right to Work in Australia

You must be:

  • Australian or New Zealand Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • A Visa holder with relevant permission to work

2) Permanently Work in Queensland (in the Building & Construction Industry)

You must be:

  • An existing worker
  • An eligible worker
  • An unemployed eligible worker (unemployed for a period not greater than 4 years)
  • An active apprentice or trainee registered in Qld, undertaking a CSQ approved apprenticeship/traineeship
Download the CSQ Evidence Guide

An eligible worker within the Building and Construction Industry needs to be relevant to residential works, commercial developments and civil construction projects such as:

  • residential and commercial building construction
  • civil infrastructure
  • renovations and extensions of residential and commercial buildings
  • installation services for interiors of residential and commercial buildings and the associated trades: electrical, plumbing, flooring etc
  • land development and site preparation for the purpose of construction
  • work for a designated Major Project including applications of heavy and civil engineering used in the construction of infrastructure

and this has to form the majority of your work to be considered substantially engaged within the industry to meet the eligibility determination in the  Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Services Leave) Act 1991 (Qld).

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