About Traineeships

Traineeships are an excellent way for people to commence a career in an industry and a great way for employers to train the right person for their business. Traineeships combine nationally recognised training and work in a real job, with a real employer. Trainees complete a nationally recognised qualification through the College of Health and Fitness putting this knowledge to use and also learning valuable work skills, with their employer.

Traineeships at the College of Health and Fitness

The College of Health and Fitness offers traineeships (in Qld) for Certificate III in Fitness and Certificate III in Business. Employers who wish to employ trainees in Certificate IV in Fitness or Certificate IV in Business may also use the College of Health and Fitness as the Registered Training Organisation under Fee-for-Service arrangements.

Key features of traineeships

  • Traineeships combine work with structured training.
  • Traineeships can be employed either full-time, part-time, or school-based (where some of the training is undertaken while the trainee is in high school).
  • Existing employees may be eligible to undertake a traineeship.
  • Traineeships require employers to enter into a training contract with the trainee.
  • Traineeships are available for both young and old people, and existing skills and knowledge may help reduce training time.

Types of traineeships


Full-time trainees work and train full-time, usually from 36 to 38 hours a week. Part-time work and train no less than 15 hours per week, averaged over a four week cycle.

Traineeships vary in length from 12 months to three years and part- time traineeship is generally double that of the full-time term.

However, as the training is competency-based, completion is dependent upon when the apprentice or trainees has successfully gained all knowledge, skills and competencies required.

School-based trainees undertake a traineeship as part of their high school studies.

A school-based trainee’s employment and/or training arrangements must impact on their school timetable for the program to be considered school-based.


The Queensland Government User Choice 2017-20 program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment services for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees.

Training costs for trainees receiving their training through the College of Health and Fitness are fixed at $1.60 per nominal training hour for full-time and part-time trainees. Eligible trainees may be entitled to either a partial exemption and a rate of $0.64 per nominal training hour, or a full exemption. This applies to full-time and part-time trainees. School-based trainees are not required to contribute towards their training costs. Contact the College for further information.


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