NSW Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. It's helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers. From 1 January 2015, Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:

  • an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III
  • government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.

    Go to the Smart and Skilled website to check your eligibility and fees.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. It applies to accredited courses only. Subsidised training offered by Hunter-V-Tec under Smart and Skilled is identified next to relevant courses. If you believe you are eligible for subsidised training you should contact us.

Recognition and Credit Transfer

Hunter-V-Tec recognises both prior learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer. Recognition of Prior Learning acknowledges skills and knowledge gained through formal training and work experience. The process assesses the evidence of current skills and knowledge of the candidate against the elements of competency. Credit Transfer (Mutual or National Recognition) is a process whereby the national qualifications or accredited units of competency issued by one Registered Training Organisation are recognised by another for the purposes of providing credit or advanced standing into national qualifications.

The assessments may include theory, practical and observation components and are conducted in the presence of an appropriately qualified assessor. They are the same assessments full training and assessment participants undergo. These assessments must be passed in full and the Assessor must be satisfied the applicant is competent to carry out the work and knowledgeable to the level described in the Unit of Competence to be granted the recognition (this Unit of Competence can be located at www.training.gov.au).
The only Unit of Competency which will not be given RPL consideration is WHS. The fact that WHS is not a generic unit of competency and very industry specific means it is in everyone’s best interest if that unit of competency is repeated.

Enrolment Conditions

Hunter-V-Tec has a comprehensive Smart and Skilled Enrolment Policy and Procedure. The following documents should be downloaded to assist with you with understanding all about the Smart and Skilled enrolment conditions:

Smart and Skilled Notification of Enrolment Procedure

Hunter-V-Tec Student Handbook

Unique Student Identifier Procedure

Smart and Skilled Fees and Refund Procedure

HVTC Privacy Policy

HVTC Financial Management Policy


Hunter-V-Tec offers a range of fees for its courses, some of which are subsidised for eligible students.

Full Fees:
Where full fees are payable for accredited courses, Hunter-V-Tec restricts the total amount of payment for its accredited courses to $1500 prior to commencement of the course and $1500 payment installments once the course has started.
For a Smart and Skilled qualification, the total amount of payment prior to commencement of the course may not exceed $1500.
Please see our Policies that relate to Financial Management Policy Fees and Refunds

Customer Protection

Hunter-V-Tec has a Consumer Protection Policy in place as contractually required under Smart and Skilled. This is included in the Complaints Policy which outlines the following procedures:

  • Upon notification of a complaint or grievance every attempt will be made to resolve any issues using the Hunter-V-Tec Complaints Policy.
  • Any complaint or grievance will be actioned as part of Hunter-V-Tec's commitment to Continuous Improvement.
  • The Operations Manager will be the designated Customer Protection Officer. Their role will be to handle all complaints and grievances and to ensure Customer Protection contractual compliance with the Smart and Skilled Guidelines.
  • The contact details of Hunter-V-Tec's Customer Protection Officer are: Libby Ford, phone 4932 4222.
  • If a student feels matters are unresolved to their satisfaction and wish to inform a third party, they should contact the NSW Department of Education and Communities Consumer Protection Unit for Students. They can do so at: https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/for-students/consumer-protection-for-students.

Deferral or Withdrawal from Training

If, for any reason, you wish to defer your involvement in training and assessment, please discuss this with your trainer as the first step. Your trainer may refer you to another appropriate staff member to discuss any support requirements, or to the Customer Protection Officer if you have a complaint or grievance. In all instances we will endeavour to implement processes that will support you to continue with your training. If you decide to defer you can only do so for a maximum of 12 months. After this time you will not be entitled to continue with your course.

If you decide to withdraw from a course, we ask that you discuss the reasons for doing so with your trainer and assessor or staff member. They may refer you to another appropriate staff member to discuss any support requirements or to the Customer Protection Officer if you have a complaint or grievance. If you still decide to withdraw then the following applies:

  • You should give formal notice, preferably in writing, of the date and reasons for your withdrawal
  • You will be refunded any outstanding fees in line with the Refund Policy
  • You will be issued any Statement of Attainment for units assessed as competent within 21 days of notice of discontinuation
  • Your Training Plan will be updated and you will be given a copy
  • You will be given the results of any assessments.

Student Privacy

Information concerning students, including information submitted on the enrolment form (either online or hard copy) will be used by Hunter-V-Tec or other authorised organisations for the purposes of general student administration, and communication with state and national reporting, monitoring and evaluation. The information may be disclosed to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) and/or an agency authorised to undertake surveys. The provision of this information is necessary for both enrolment and re-enrolment. Information provided by you will be held securely and disposed of securely when no longer needed. Students may be randomly selected to participate in surveys by NCVER for the purpose of statistical analysis. You may access your personal information by contacting Hunter-V-Tec.

Student Declaration

By submitting your enrolment (either online or hard copy) you are accepting full responsibility for any injury too yourself, or for loss or damage to your personal property as a result of your participation in the specified class. You warrant that you are physically and mentally fit enough to undertake the activity. You understand Hunter-V-Tec and trainers will take all reasonable care and you are aware of the risks so far as they are reasonably foreseeable. Information that may be given in a course does not constitute 'advice'. Hunter-V-Tec accepts no responsibility and students should seek independent advice from a professional before acting on any information given. You understand that:

  • You are giving permission for your photo to be used for promotion and marketing materials.
  • You agree to abide by Hunter-V-Tec’s Code of Conduct.
  • Hunter-V-Tec reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any person.
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