Is my trainee eligible?

Fees Free has some eligibility criteria set by the Government.

To be eligible for fees-free for an apprenticeship or training programme in 2018, learners must:

  • be enrolling in a New Zealand Apprenticeship or other programme of at least 120 credits that starts in 2018, is funded by the Tertiary Education Commission, recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, and is at New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) level 3 or above;
  • be entitled to work in New Zealand;
  • not be enrolled in school at the start date of the programme; 
and either:
  • have been enrolled in a school at any time during 2017 or 2018; 
  • not have previously undertaken more than 60 credits at level 3 or above on the NZQF, including tertiary education at an equivalent level undertaken in any other country, but excluding any tertiary education undertaken while enrolled in a secondary school.

How to find out about eligibility

Individual learners (or any third party) can use a learner’s NSN number to check their eligibility online at Free Fees 

Questions about the outcome

If a candidate gets a NO can they appeal?

Yes.  TEC will have a dispute process in place but only the candidate can initiate that process.  TEC will not deal with a third party (eg BCITO).

If the candidate gets a YES what happens next?

Nothing, zilch, zippo!  Sign-up your new apprentice now and we’ll look after the details!

If the candidate gets a WE’RE NOT SURE what happens next?

The candidate must check the rest of the criteria shown on screen and possibly complete a Statutory Declaration if they believe they are eligible.

Note: only the owner of the NSN number can complete and sign the Statutory Declaration.

A Statutory Declaration form needs to be completed by the trainee and witnessed by a Justice of the Peace, solicitor, or Registrar of the District or High Court.

The completed and witnessed Statutory Declaration form should be emailed to [email protected] and you will get a response from TEC directly.