Fees and payment

How much your apprenticeship will cost depends on your choice of trade. Doing an apprenticeship is considerably cheaper than other forms of study, especially since you'll also earn a wage while learning on site.

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Fees Free Apprenticeships

With the introduction of the Government's Fees Free policy on 1 January 2018,  you may be eligible for Free Fees for 2 years of your apprenticeship. Find out more

How much are the fees?

Most BCITO trade qualifications cost $2000-$4000 in total. These fees are made up of an annual fee for each year you’re in training.

If you are required to attend off-job training, these fees are invoiced separately and are not included in the annual fees stated above.

What the fees cover

The fees cover:

  • Your BCITO training advisor's time, which includes mentoring, managing your assessment, doing site visits (four per year) and reporting on your progress.
  • Your workbooks and BCITO learning resources – these are yours to keep. These are developed for your industry by BCITO’s Standards Leadership Team.

When do I need to pay?

Fees are charged annually on the day you sign up. You can pay your total fees up-front, or by regular instalment via direct debit. A direct debit is put in place when you sign your training agreement. Unpaid fees may result in your training agreement being cancelled, or you could be referred to a credit agency for collection.

Who pays what

It's important to discuss payment of your BCITO fees with your employer before you begin your apprenticeship. Some employers pay some of the fees upfront and their apprentices pay them back; others will expect you to pay the fees yourself. This is entirely dependent on your situation.

Conditions of payment

  • We'll refund your payment if you discontinue training within the first 30 days of signing your training agreement – less a 20% administration fee.
  • BCITO reserves the right to cancel a training agreement or defer the completion until fees are paid in full.