No fees

The Government is covering the cost of all apprenticeships for new and existing apprentices until 31st December 2022. .

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The Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) is supporting learners to undertake vocational education and training at no cost.

Who is entitled to a free apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are now FREE for all new and current BCITO apprentices enrolled in a TEC-funded apprenticeship programme in all of our 15 trades, including those completing any of our Supervisor Programmes.  This is for everyone. Whatever your age, even if you've got a higher level qualification or have completed other training - BCITO apprenticeships are now FREE.  

Sole Traders who are enrolled in a BCITO Experience Recognition Programme (ERP) are excluded.

Are all BCITO apprentice programmes free?


You don't have to apply - it just happens

There's nothing you need to do.  This is an automatic entitlement.

What type of fees are covered?

The fees covered are those that would normally be paid to BCITO for training and aromatawai. These include:

  • Sign-up fees
  • Annual/anniversary fees
  • Off-job training (block course)  fees where those courses are compulsory to attend.

What type of fees are not covered?

  • Non-compulsory BCITO night class fees and any other non-compulsory course fees.

Does this apply to people having their existing experience recognised?

Yes, but only if they do not have to pay the Principal Contractor/Self-employed fee ($1,000).  Anyone who is an employee can get their training for free.  Sole Traders who are enrolled to have their existing experience recognised are excluded.

If you've got a specific question please call us on 0800 422 486 or contact us by email.

What happens when Fees free trades training via TTAF ends in 2022?

Apprenticeships and most BCITO training programmes have been fully funded by the government since July 2020 through a scheme known as the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), which is ending on 31 December 2022. As of 1 January 2023 fees payable by either apprentices or employers (depending who you named as payer in your Training Agreement) will be in effect.

2023 pricing

To help you plan for future training cost, please refer to either 2023 Course Fees or 2023 Off-Job Training Fees. For more information contact the team at BCITO.

Certain fees are free in 2023

From 1 January 2023 some apprentices and other learners may be eligible for free fees under the Fees Free scheme that pre-existed the TTAF and is still ongoing. They will need to check their eligibility using the NSN checker tool at They will need to enter their National Student Number (NSN).