Diplomas & traineeships

There are differences between an employee completing a diploma and an employee completing a traineeship to attain a certificate.


An employee completing a diploma gets paid the applicable adult or junior rate in their award, based on their classification and duties.


A traineeship leads to a certificate level qualification.

Most employees undertaking a traineeship get their pay and conditions related to their training from Schedule E in the Miscellaneous Award. Other entitlements (such as penalty rates, overtime and allowances) come from the industry or occupation award that covers them.

Some trainees get all of their pay and conditions from their industry or occupation award.

Employers and trainees should check their award to confirm where their pay and entitlements come from.

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