Free courses

You can study a course at Sydney TAFE for free!

That’s right, provided you meet the eligibility criteria, you can study one of the courses listed on this page without paying any course tuition fees.

Get a taste of a trade, an advantage in your apprenticeship or traineeship, or a career head-start. And when you’ve completed your free course, you may even be able to get credit towards a full qualification if you continue on that pathway.

See all free courses.

Why they are free

These courses are fully government-subsidised, meaning the government will pay your fees for you. They are part of a program called ‘Targeted Priorities Prevocational and Part Qualifications’ and aim to help you develop the skills you need to get a job, undertake entry level qualifications or transition to a new career.

Eligibility criteria

To enrol in a fee-free course you must:

  • be aged 15 years or older
  • have completed year 10 (or its equivalent)
  • have left or be eligible to leave school
  • have a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • be living or working in NSW, and
  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder, or New Zealand citizen.

If you’re under 17 please contact us first before enrolling.

List of free courses

Click a course below to find out more information such as the subjects you will study and an indicative timetable.


Aboriginal Culture

Animal Care for Non-Venomous Reptiles


Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing

Culture and Heritage Guiding

Digital Marketing Communications

Espresso Coffee Skills

Essentials of Importing and Exporting

Event Sponsorship and Fundraising

Events Hand On - Live Production

Flora, Fauna and Landscape Guiding

Food and Beverage Matching

Food Safety Auditing

Food Safety Supervision

Hair & Make up

Hip-hop lyric writing

International Airfares

Introduction to Banking

Introduction to Fitness Training

Introduction to Gas Chromatography

Introductory histological techniques

Level 1 - Sports Trainer

Level 1 - Strength and Conditioning Coaching

Managing Staff Performance

Microbiology for Food Auditors

Provide Advanced First Aid

Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Public Sector Skill Set


Responsible Conduct of Gambling

Retail Entry Skills and Customer Service

Spa Therapies

Specialist Makeup

Spelling Strategies

Strata and Community Title Property Management

Traditional Weaving Techniques 1

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Sydney NSW 2000
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