How do Training Grants work?


No funds will be deducted from your BERT account to cover the cost of your training. Your BERT account is only used as a reference to determine the amount of funding we will authorise.
No, we are not a training provider. It is the applicant’s responsibility to organise the training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
Generally, BTF will fund a portion of the total cost of the training. The amount we will contribute will depend on a variety of factors, so we encourage you to complete an application form as soon as you know the details about the training you want to do. You will be advised in writing about the amount of reimbursement.
We may reimburse you for the costs of any textbooks required to complete the course. We will not pay any other related costs such as services provided by persons ‘organising’ the training.
  • Costs associated with RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) will not be covered. We will only reimburse costs associated with the training component of your course.

  • We will not pay any other related costs such as services provided by persons 'organising' the training.

  • We will not pay costs associated with obtaining the actual licence eg. statutory licence fees.

You can undertake up to three courses in a 12 month period provided the first two courses received a total BTF funding amount less than $1500.
You must pay for the training up front. BTF will only reimburse toward the costs of training.
We will provide funding for most courses that are related to construction industry work provided the course is accredited and the training is undertaken by a RTO.
You can do the training anywhere you like as long as it is delivered by a RTO.
For short courses, grants remain open for 3 months. Grants for higher level courses, such as Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma remain open for a longer duration.
Reimbursement by BTF is made after the training is completed and once proof of course completion is provided (copy of statement of attainment/certificate and/or assessment driving report) and a copy of the paid invoice. Also, a copy of the applicant's bank statement clearly displaying the name of the bank, the account name and the BSB and account numbers is required. Payment is made within 10 working days of receipt of the required documents.

BTF provides training grants to employees who are members of the Building Employeed Redundancy Trust (BERT). BTF will provide assistance in both trade and non-trade callings and in the building, civil and engineering construction sectors of the construction industry.

  1. Make sure that you are a BERT member.

  2. Find out what course you would lke to do and note the details. Make sure it's with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

  3. Apply for a grant online with BTF (BTF recommends you do this prior to undertaking the course) - allow 5 to 10 working days for approval.

  4. Once your grant is approved in writing, pay and enrol in your chosen course and do the training.

  5. When your training is complete, submit proof of course completion (copy of statement of attainment/certificate and/or assessment driving report) and payment (paid invoice) for reimbursement under your approved grant. Also, a copy of the applicant's bank statement clearly displaying the name of the bank, the account name and the BSB and account numbers is required.
  • BTF will not generally reimburse the full cost of training. It is important to know how much will be reimbursed before you commit to the training. Applicants are notified in writing (via email, text message or mail) of the level of support BTF can provide.

  • The course cost must be paid by the applicant or the employer prior to commencement.

  • Normally, only accredited training delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) will be eligible for a training grant. However, some industry recognised courses are funded e.g. Yellow Card.

  • The amount of funding that will be approved will be limited to the total funds held in the applicant’s BERT account for the previous 12 months. (Note: No funds will be deducted from your BERT account to cover the cost of your training. Your BERT account is only used as a reference to determine the amount of funding we will authorise).

  • Training grants are limited to a total of $1,500 per course.

  • You can seek funding for up to three (3) training activities over a 12 month period, provided the first two courses received a total BTF funding amount less than $1500.

  • Reimbursement by BTF is only made after the training is completed and once the documents are supplied
    • A copy of a paid invoice from the RTO that delivered the training;
    • A copy of the training results (Statement of Attainment or Qualification);
    • A copy of the applicant's bank statement clearly displaying the name of the bank, the account name, account BSB and account number.

  • Short courses grants remain valid for a period of 3 months. Higher level qualifications will remain valid for a longer period. You will be notified in writing of the period after application is made. Also, a copy of the applicant's bank statement clearly displaying the name of the bank, the account name and the BSB and account numbers is required.

BTF generally funds accredited short courses, Certificate III and higher level training that is relevant to the construction industry. Some industry accepted courses are also funded e.g Yellow Card. The courses listed below are indicative only and if you have any doubts, submit a completed application form and you will be advised in writing whether or not funding will be approved.

  • Asbestos Removal
  • Backflow Prevention
  • Backhoe
  • CAD (Computer Aided Drafting)
  • Computer Skills
  • Confined Space
  • Crane operating (Mobile, Tower, etc)
  • Dogging
  • Electrical Equipment Test & Tag
  • Elevated Working Platforms (Boom Lift)
  • Explosive Power Tools
  • First Aid (Basic, CPR, Low Voltage Rescue)
  • Forklift
  • Hoist Operator
  • Plan Reading
  • Plant Operating (Bobcat, Forklift, Excavator Roller)
  • Plastic welding
  • Rigging – Basic, Intermediate & Advanced
  • Scaffold - Basic, Intermediate & Advanced
  • Thermostaic Mixing Vales
  • Traffic Controller
  • Truck licence
  • Welding
  • Working at Heights
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Yellow Card
  • Carpentry
  • Wall and Ceiling Lining
  • Solid Plastering
  • Wall and Floor Tiling
  • Formwork/Falsework
  • Rigging
  • Concreting
  • Dogging
  • Scaffolding
  • Steefixing
  • Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma in Building and Construction
  • Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma in Work Health and Safety
  • Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision
  • Certificate IV, Diploma in Plumbing and Services
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment