Smart and Skilled

From 1 January 2015, Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:

  • an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III
  • government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas


More information can be found at: or call 1300 660 063. Training Services NSW, within the Department of Education and Communities, is responsible for Smart and Skilled and leads policy, planning, funding, regulation and advice on VET and employment in NSW.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

The NSW Skills List

The NSW Skills List defines the courses subsidised under Smart and Skilled. To view the Skills List and for more information, please follow this link:

Smart and Skilled introduces new fee arrangements.

From 2015, Smart and Skilled introduced new prices and fee arrangements for government-subsidised courses. The NSW Government contributes to the cost of each course and the student pays the balance. Fees are for the whole course, rather than year-by-year. Your choice of training provider does not affect the fee you pay for any course. Fee exemptions and concessions are also available for disadvantaged learners.


To check the student fee for the course you can use the Estimate your fee calculator on the ‘Find a Course’ page of the Smart and Skilled website

For more information please see

To access the prices, fees and loadings, please follow this link:


Contact us at [email protected] or call us on 1300 554 077 for information about your course and payment options

Student Eligibility for Smart and Skilled

To enrol for Smart and Skilled training you need to meet certain conditions. To check if you are eligible to enrol in a course/traineeship you can go to, and use, the Eligibility Checker on the Smart and Skilled Website.

Consumer Protection

For more information on the Smart and Skilled consumer protection strategy, please follow this link:

Course Fees

Fees vary according to enrolment type. Please refer to our Course Fees for current information.

Further Links

To access the answers to questions people often ask about Smart and Skilled, Please follow this link: For detailed information on courses available, training providers, costs, etc – go to the Smart and Skilled website Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships

Students who meet the Fee-Free Scholarship criteria are exempt from paying a student fee. All qualifications on the NSW Skills List from Certificate I to Certificate IV level, including qualifications that support apprenticeships and traineeships, are covered. More information can be found by visiting

Which Students are eligible for a Fee-Free Scholarship?

To be eligible for a Fee-Free Scholarship a student must:


  • Meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria, and
  • Be enrolling in a Smart and Skilled subsidised Certificate I – IV level qualification on the NSW Skills List.


Students must also meet the criteria for one of the eligibility categories below, which can be explained further by visiting


  • Concession-eligible (Category A)– be aged between 15 and 30 years when they start training and be eligible for a Smart and Skilled concession fee
  • Out of home care (Category B)– be aged between 15 and 30 years when they start training and meet the out-of-home criteria
  • Domestic and family violence (Category C)– be aged 15 years or older when they start training and meet the domestic and family violence criteria


You can speak with our enrolments officer if you have any questions regarding Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships

Notification of Enrolment Policy and Procedures

As a provider of Smart and Skilled funding International Child Care College must only carry out notification of enrolment via the portal in accordance with the following notification of enrolment process. Click here to view our Smart & Skilled Notification of Enrolment Process.

Unique Student Identifier (USI) Information

All students must have a verified USI to be eligible to train. For more information on what a USI is and how to create one click on the link: Creating a Unique Student Identifier (USI)


If you would like any further information in addition to the above listed policies, procedures, handbook etc, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or call us on 1300 66 00 63.

Online Language Literacy Numeracy (LLN) Test

All enrolling students must complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment. This assists us in determining standards of these requirements when entering your training.

Please contact our Enrolments Coordinator at [email protected] for further information.

Entitlement and Targeted Priorities Programs

International Child Care College is approved to deliver Smart and Skilled training under Eligibility and Targeted Priorities training programs in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter Valley regions.


International Child Care College is an approved Smart and Skilled provider. This training is subsided by the NSW Government.


Please click here for our NSW Smart and Skilled Enrolment Information Booklet.

You must read this booklet prior to completing an Enrolment Pack.


Click here to download our NSW Smart and Skilled Enrolment Pack.

Once you have completed the forms in the Pack, please return to us via email (with all evidence as instructed in the Pack), to the College at [email protected].


Please call the College’s Enrolment officer on 02 4956 4333 if you have any questions relating to enrolment.

Student Handbook

Click here to access the Student Handbook.

Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy

For more information on the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy, please follow this link:

International Child Care College is a provider of traineeship programs under Smart and Skilled across NSW.

Courses Available




Diploma of Leadership and Management 12 Units (4 core units and 8 elective units)

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care28 Units (23 core units and 5 elective units)

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care 18 Units (15 core units and 3 elective units)

Flexible up to 2 years

Flexible up to 2 years

Flexible up to 1 year