Want to study free TAFE courses with Victoria’s 2021 Small Training Provider of the Year?

The good news is, now you can — if you are eligible for government-subsidised training! Let us help you on your dream career pathway, whether that’s as a Carpenter, Construction Manager, or Registered Builder.

Keep reading to learn more about what funding and payment options are available, including government subsidies under the Victorian Skills First program.

Find out about the Victorian Government program, Free TAFE for Priority Courses, and how identified on this list are courses delivered at BAA (who is not a TAFE), and how you could study tuition-free priority courses under BAA’s Skills First contract.

What is Free TAFE for Priority Courses?

The Victorian Government has announced that from 1 January 2019, their ‘Free TAFE for Priority Courses’ initiative will cover tuition fees for priority courses for students who are eligible for government-subsidised training. Free TAFE for Priority Courses aims to provide additional support and reduce the financial barriers for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs in demand from Victorian employers.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative is available for TAFE providers only and includes:

  • 30 priority non-apprenticeship courses; and
  • 20 Victorian apprenticeship pathway courses (sometimes called pre-apprenticeships)

Building and Construction Courses with $0 Tuition Fees

The courses on the list which have been identified as directly linked to significant job opportunities in Victoria include three of Builders Academy Australia’s most popular:

  • CPC40120 – Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building);
  • CPC50220 – Diploma of Building and Construction (Building);
  • CPC40920 – Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services.

Builders Academy Australia (BAA) is not a TAFE, yet we fully support the Victorian Government’s investment in making training more accessible for Victorians. Victoria has a great range of quality education providers including TAFEs, community providers, enterprise providers, and independent providers such as Builders Academy Australia.

For the priority courses list, visit

Study a Free TAFE Course with Builders Academy Australia

At Builders Academy Australia, we deliver nationally accredited qualifications and are an approved training provider under the 2018/19 Skills First program. This means that eligible individuals can have their tuition fees partially or fully subsidised through the state and federal governments.

It is through this Skills First contract that we can offer tuition fee-free courses to eligible students — yes, you read right, $0 tuition fees for eligible students. Over 90% of our Victorian students over the last three years have been able to have their training partially or fully subsidised under our Victorian funding contract with the Victorian Government.

We are strongly aligned with industry partners including our sister company Simonds Homes, and specialise in building and construction online training delivery rather than trying to be all things to all people.

Am I eligible for the Free TAFE for Priority Courses?

If you are an Australian citizen or a New Zealand citizen, you may be eligible for one tuition-free priority course if you fulfil the following criteria:

  • below 20 years old or upskilling (irrespective of any other qualifications you hold)
  • 20 years old and above and enrolling in a course (must be a higher qualification than the previous one)

You may also be eligible if you are a Victorian who is:

  • part of the Jobs Victoria Employment Network
  • seeking to change careers
  • looking to improve your employment prospects
  • aiming to meet the qualifications of local industries
  • needing additional support

Visit Free TAFE Courses VIC for further information:

Builders Academy Australia Recognised at the Victorian Training Awards

The Victorian Government recently announced BAA as Victoria’s 2018 Small Training Provider of the year.

This is a fantastic recognition for the great outcomes we help our students achieve. The category acknowledges the very best training organisation delivering under 50 qualifications in the state. Over the last three years alone, we have helped over 6,000 students graduate from their chosen building and construction courses. Many of these individuals have gone on to become leaders of the industry in roles such as carpenters, construction supervisors, building managers, licensed plumbers, or registered builders.

Why Builders Academy Australia?

Some of the reasons BAA was recognised as the best training provider in Victoria for its size include:

  • We deliver courses at over 70 physical locations around the state, and also via our live and interactive online Virtual Classroom model. This means that no matter where students live, delivery options are available that will suit them with day and night class options available
  • Our teachers are industry leaders and we are truly ‘Builders Training Builders’ and ‘Legends Making Legends’. When students learn from us, they hear from teachers who are still working in the industry and can give them advice, tips and real-life experience to guide them towards a successful career in building and construction
  • Our sister company, Simonds Homes, has a 70-year history as one of Australia’s leading homebuilders and this expertise flows into the high-quality and industry-relevant training delivered at BAA
  • Our student completion rates are well above industry averages, as we go above and beyond to help our students succeed in moving towards their desired outcomes.

Want to Study Building and Construction with the Best?

If you want to study building and construction either face to face or online with Builders Academy Australia (where eligible students study Free TAFE courses), request a callback. We would love to help you towards your career as a carpenter, civil construction worker, construction supervisor, building manager, licensed plumber, or registered builder with $0 tuition fees.

*eligibility will be assessed upon consultation with a BAA course advisor

** Material and/or resource fees may be applicable depending on the qualification chosen

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