Two years fees-free industry training

From 1 January 2018 the first two years of industry training is fees-free for eligible learners enrolling in eligible programmes. Here you can find out what you need to know about fees-free, what you need to do and how much you can get.

What is fees-free?

Fees-free supports learners in their study or training. If you train or do an apprenticeship through an industry training organisation like Competenz, your and your employer’s training costs are covered for the first two years of your training programme (up to the value of $12,000).

What does fees-free cover?

For industry training, fees-free will cover all training and assessment costs.

Who can get fees-free?

  • Are you a school leaver or still at school? For apprenticeships through industry training organisations, if you were at a school in 2017, 2018 or 2019 (other than as an adult student) and you’re legally entitled to live and work in New Zealand, you’re able to get fees-free support.
  • Has it been a while since you were at school? If it’s been a while since you were at school, we need to check how much study and training you’ve done to find out if you can get fees-free. If you’ve done less than half a year of tertiary study you need to complete a statutory declaration to declare you’re eligible. You can go through this process on

How do I check if I can get fees-free study or training?

It’s easy, go to

You’ll also need to check that your course or programme is covered by fees-free.

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