Trade Skills Assessment and Gap Training Program

Government subsidised



Individuals must have the skills and knowledge to successfully complete a minimum of 60 per cent of a priority trade qualification through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Individuals will require gap training for a minimum of one unit, but no more than 40 per cent of the funded competencies of that trade qualification.

Applicants must also express a commitment to gain the entire qualification and meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be 21 years of age or over;
  • Permanently reside in Queensland
  • Be an Australian citizen, or Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency (refer; or a New Zealand citizen;
  • Not previously completed a trade qualification in the same industry area, ie. a qualification within the same national training package;
  • Not be an employee of a government department, government agency, local council, MTAQ or MTA Institute
  • Not currently be an apprentice or trainee;
  • Have finished secondary school or are no longer at school


Training and assessment is to be held at an MTA Institute approved automotive workshop. This may be your own workshop, your employer’s workshop and / or MTA Institute’s state of the art automotive workshop – Freeway Office Park, Building 8, 2728 Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains.


The nominal duration to complete a Trade Qualification will vary for each individual, depending on the individual’s previous experience (ie. acquired knowledge and skills) and the currency of the individual’s experience.

One or more units of competency, will require gap training and assessment where evidence to support potential competency is weak or perhaps non-existent.


Upon submitting an application along with supporting documentation, the applicant will undergo an interview process with an MTA Institute assessor to gauge the applicant’s level of skills and knowledge. A range of methods will then be applied to gap train and assess the individual. This includes written and oral questions / answers; and demonstration and observation of practical tasks


Course costs will vary, depending on the qualification being undertaken; the amount of gap training that is required; individual circumstances; and whether the applicant is eligible for the Trade Skills Assessment and Gap Training Program.

The Trade Skills Assessment and Gap Training (TSAGT) Program is mostly funded by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, however applicants are also required to pay minimal student co-contribution fees for any units of competency that require gap training – at a rate of $1.60 per nominal hour, or if applicable a concessional rate of $0.64 per nominal hour.

To be eligible for a concession, you must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • hold or are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Car or Pensioner Concession Card;
  • are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Total fees payable by the applicant will be determined once the individual’s application has been approved.


At the MTA Institute you will receive:

  • Flexible, quality training and assessment
  • Face-to-face workplace delivered training – we can come to you
  • Qualified trainers with current industry experience, servicing the majority of Queensland towns and regional areas
  • Training tailored to suit you and your employer’s needs
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework certificate upon competent completion of all assessment requirements


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MTA Institute offers Trade Recognition Queensland wide in the following qualifications:

Government subsidised:

  • AUR30320 – Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology
  • AUR30420 – Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology
  • AUR30620 – Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
  • AUR30720 – Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology
  • AUR30820 – Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology
  • AUR31020 – Certificate III in Automotive Sales (Parts Interpreting)
  • AUR31120 – Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
  • AUR31220 – Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology (Mobile Plant Equipment)
  • AUR32120 – Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology
  • AUR32420 – Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology
  • AUR32518 – Certificate III in Automotive Underbody Technology