Smart and Skilled

Strategic Corporate Training is an approved NSW Smart and Skilled provider.

Training courses under Smart and Skilled are subsidised by the NSW Government in priority skill areas, which greatly reduces the cost of undertaking the qualification for NSW students. 

Under the Smart and Skilled funding, Strategic can offer NSW residents (including employer sponsored students working in NSW) access to subsidised training which significantly reduces the cost of achieving a qualification.

Training Services NSW, in the NSW Department of Education is responsible for Smart and Skilled and leads policy, planning, funding, regulation and advice on vocational education and training (VET) and employment in NSW.  

If you are considering taking advantage of the NSW Government’s fee arrangements for government subsidised VET training then Strategic is your best choice as a training provider because we provide quality courses for students which are expertly delivered by trainers with industry knowledge and experience.

We have been recognised by the NSW Department of Education as a High Performing Provider in delivering Smart and Skilled training - one of a small number of training organisations who have produced the highest of standards for our students and industry. 

For information on the administration of Smart and Skilled fees, refer to Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy.


Strategic is an approved provider of the following Targeted Priorities Full Qualifications for eligible students residing or working in NSW. This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

  • BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

  • BSB40520 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management

  • RII40420 Certificate IV in Underground Coal Operations

Please note that although Strategic Corporate Training is an approved NSW Smart and Skilled provider, subsidised training is currently not available for the above qualifications due to the exhaustion of our funding allocation.


Strategic is an approved provider of fee-free traineeship programs under Smart and Skilled for new entrant trainees (in NSW) for the following qualifications:

  • RII20920 Cert II in Drilling Operations

  • RII31820 Cert III in Drilling Operations

  • RII30420 Cert III in Resource Processing

  • RII30120 Cert III in Surface Extraction Operations

  • RII20320 Cert II in Underground Coal Mining

  • RII30220 Cert III in Underground Coal Operations

  • RII30320 Cert III in Underground Metalliferous Mining

  • RII40420 Cert IV in Underground Coal Operations

  • RII40520 Cert IV in Leadership and Management

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.


Are you:

  • 15 years old or over?
  • no longer at school?
  • living or working in NSW?
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen?

If you answered ‘Yes' to all four questions, then you're eligible to enrol in Smart and Skilled training.

Other eligibility conditions:

Your eligibility is not affected if you have completed a vocational education and training (VET) course, including a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, as part of your high school education. There are also some exceptions to the eligibility conditions described above, such as for Aboriginal people who live in specific, defined areas outside the NSW border.


The price of Smart and Skilled qualifications is a set price for the full qualification. Strategic must charge the student the relevant fee set by the NSW Government. If you're eligible for subsidised training under Smart and Skilled, you pay only a portion of the training cost. The rest is subsidised by the NSW Government.


All students undertaking nationally recognised training require a Unique Student Identifier (USI).  A USI is a reference number made up of numbers and letters that gives students access to their USI account. An individual's USI account is linked to the VET Data Collection allowing an individual to see all of their training results from all providers including all completed training units and qualifications.   

To create your USI go to the USI website at and follow the steps below:

  • View the Student Video

  • Click on the Create a USI Panel and follow the directions

  • Set access controls on the USI Portal to allow Strategic Corporate Training and the Department access to information

  • Record your USI number on the Enrolment Application form

  • Store your USI number in a secure place

Under the Student Identifiers Act, a training organisation cannot issue a Statement of Attainment or a Qualification unless the student has been assigned a USI for course completions. 


As an RTO, Strategic has an obligation to meet legislation, the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 and the Smart and Skilled Contract requirements.  Students can therefore expect that the service they receive before, during and after training and assessment will be of a quality consistent with these requirements.

As a student enrolled in Smart and Skilled training you are also covered by consumer protection measures under the Smart and Skilled Consumer Protection Strategy. A copy of this strategy is available by contacting Strategic or visiting the Smart and Skilled website at Smart and Skilled Consumer protection (

If you have any questions about applying for Smart and Skilled training, please contact our Training Admin Team on 1300 153 249.  We are here to make the process as simple as possible for you!