International Skills Training Courses

The International Skills Training (IST) courses were launched as a new Australian Government initiative in April 2017. This initiative will oversee the delivery of training courses specifically designed and developed for the offshore international student market.

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What are the International Skills Training courses?

The International Skills Training courses have been developed by Australian industry, facilitated by the Australian Government, to help support the global demand for quality training and assessment skills.

There is a growing global demand for skills training that is internationally applicable, as countries seek to improve their technical vocational education and training systems (TVET), industry demands increasing numbers of skilled workers and workers seek quality, recognised training. The courses will support the training of an international workforce with the skills and capacity necessary for meeting aspirations for economic growth held by all countries.

Australia has invested heavily in ensuring its training system is based on high quality standards and is defined by the skills requirements outlined by industry. This positions Australia well to assist other countries in growing their skills capacity.

The International Skills Training courses have been developed by Australian TVET expertise and are licensed by the Australian Government for delivery by quality Australian RTOs.

How can these courses be delivered?

The courses have been tailored for flexible offshore delivery by Registered Australian Training Organisations. Training can be delivered in partnership with local training providers, governments at all levels, and/or private employers.

The adaptable and flexible design of these courses lends itself to delivery across a range of skills training sectors and industries.

These courses offer different educational services tailored for the international context. They are designed as additional and alternative products to Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications and non-accredited courses already being delivered offshore.

Learners who successfully complete a course will be awarded a completion certificate carrying the Australian Government crest and the Australia Future Unlimited brand. The Australian Government is working with national governments and relevant organisations to support recognition of the courses internationally. Certificates and Statements of Training can be verified via the International Skills Training Courses Program Verification Database.

Courses currently on offer

Training & Assessment suite

  • TVET Trainer
  • TVET Assessor
  • TVET Advanced Trainer and Assessor

How to get involved:

Australian RTOs can now apply for a licence to deliver the International Skills Training - Training and Assessment courses.

Licence Fees

An annual licence fee is payable by all RTOs approved to participate in the program. The current licence fees are as follows:

  • Category 1 (up to 500 learners): $4,000
  • Category 2 (501+ learners): $7,500

Countries of delivery

These non-AQF courses aim to address critical competency gaps, support global skills needs in the global workforce, and provide Australian registered training organisations (RTOs) the opportunity to offer additional products to support overseas stakeholders to meet their diverse skills needs.

Upon obtaining a licence, licence holders will be able to deliver the IST Training and Assessment Courses:

  • in India, Latin America, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and China (including Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau) under any commercial, government or aid-funded business arrangements
  • in all other countries (except Australia) provided delivery is funded by an Australian government (Commonwealth, State or Territory) and/or a multilateral organisation.

The Australian Government will closely monitor delivery and implementation to inform the possible expansion of these trainer and assessor courses into other countries following an evaluation of impact.

Program guidelines and application materials are available through the following links:

Applications should be submitted electronically to