Animal Industries Resource Centre

Personalised and Professional Education and Training

Higher Level Skills Program

Available for Queensland residents only to study Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Program Overview and Requirements

ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is a nationally accredited course and upon completion you will be considered a qualified veterinary nurse in Australia.

You may be eligible to enrol in this qualification under the Higher Level Skills funding program.

Higher Level Skills program Queensland

The Higher Level Skills program is a Queensland Government initiative. It offers funded training for qualifications identified as providing high level skills, meeting employment and business demands in priority industries.

The aim is to assist Queenslanders in securing employment, career advancement or transition to university. You can read more about the program policy on the Department of Education and Training website. The Department also has a fact sheet available for students: Higher Level Skills factsheet.

Students can only receive access to the Higher Level Skills program subsidy once, so before you enrol, make sure you have considered your options before committing to this course.


To be eligible to receive funding under the Higher Level Skills program, you must be:

  • a Queensland resident
  • over 15 years of age
  • an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen, or an Australian permanent resident, or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency
  • not be enrolled in or have completed a Certificate IV or higher level qualification. This excludes qualifications completed while at school and foundations skills training.

You will need to supply documentary evidence of your eligibility.

Program cost

While the program is subsidised, the student is still required to pay a co-contribution fee. This fee can be paid by the student, their employer, or a third party.

The total cost of the program is $2990 for non-concessional students, or $1725 for concessional students. Eligibility for concession includes:

  • Aboriginal students
  • Health Care Card or Pensioner Card holder, or be a dependent of someone holding a card and is named on the card.

The co-contribution fee is charged on a unit basis, for the units to be studied in the semester. Each unit is $130 or $75 for concessional students. Please note: The full break-down of each instalment can be found in section 9 of the enrolment form (“Course Structure and Payments”). 

Students will only have access to units paid for. No fees will be charged for credit transfers.

Our refund policy can be found in the Student Handbook, available on this website.

Entry requirements

To enrol in Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, students are required to be working as a veterinary nurse for a minimum of 15 hours per week in paid employment. Employment must be maintained for the duration of the course. If the student changes workplaces, a “Change of details” form is available online, on the course website.