NSW Smart & Skilled

NSW Smart & Skilled

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To be eligible are you:

  • 15 years old or over?
  • no longer at school?
  • living or working in NSW?
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen?


If you answered ‘Yes’ to all four questions, then you’re eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised course with ACMUSE and apply for training subsidised under Smart and Skilled.

ACMUSE (RTO ID 90910) is approved to offer qualifications under Smart and Skilled Smart and Skilled Targeted Priorities Full Qualifications Program.

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. ‘This training is subsidised by the NSW Government’ and offers people the chance to gain the skills they need to get a job and advance their careers.


Course Details:
ACMUSE is approved to deliver the following qualifications:

Course:CUA41215 Certificate IV in Screen and Media
Course:CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services)

Prior to enrolment:

Prospective students who may be eligible to receive Subsidised Training under Smart and Skilled are required to have an interview with the CEO. To make an interview, contact the College on 02 9518 8003 or email administration@makeupcollege.com.au.

How to enrol:

Prior to enrolling please read the following information to determine your eligibility as well as to be informed of the Smart and Skilled requirements. This includes:

  • Smart and Skilled Eligibility Criteria
  • Fee Information
  • Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit Transfer
  • Deferring or Continuing Subsidised Training
  • Consumer Protection Information
  • Support Services

Unique Student Identifier

As a condition of your enrolment you are required to give ACMUSE your Unique Student Identifier (USI) (see below).

Personal Information:

For all approved Smart and Skilled qualifications ACMUSE requires your consent for the Department of Education and Communities (the Department) to be given your Personal Information that may also be disclosed to other Australian government agencies. You will be asked to complete a Consent to use and disclosure of Personal Information to the Department of Education and Communities and other Government Agencies form.

With your Personal Information and details of your proposed course, including details of any Credit Transfers or Recognition of Prior Learning, ACMUSE will be able to calculate and notify you of your fee contribution prior to you deciding whether to enrol.

To be eligible for training for any Smart and Skilled program, you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen, a permanent Australian resident, a humanitarian visa holder or a New Zealand citizen
  • Be aged 15 years or older
  • Live or work in NSW
  • No longer be at school*

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who do not live or work in NSW but live in specific defined interstate NSW border areas are eligible for government-subsidised training under Smart and Skilled.

To assist in our assessing your eligibility we will need you to complete:

Your completed Consent Form
Your USI number. If you do not already have a USI ACMUSE may, with your consent, apply for your USI or you may apply direct by visiting www.usi.gov.au.
*Individuals must have left school (whether by school education, an alternative pathway, or home-schooling).

To be eligible for an exemption students must:

  • meet the above program eligibility requirements, and
  • be an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, or
  • have a disability

To be eligible for a fee-free scholarship students must:

  • meet the above program eligibility requirements, and
  • be aged between 15 and 30 at the start date for training, and
  • be receiving a specified Commonwealth benefit or allowance or be a dependant of someone receiving a Commonwealth benefit or allowance at the time of enrolment

To be eligible for concession students must:

  • meet the above program eligibility requirements, and
  • be receiving a specified Commonwealth benefit or allowance or be a
  • dependant of someone receiving a Commonwealth benefit or allowance at the time of enrolment

Fees apply for your selected program. The fee amount you pay and the government contribution is dependent on your eligibility.

Fees have been set by the NSW Government for training providers and ACMUSE must charge the student as determined from the data you have provided to us. Depending on your eligibility you may be charged the Standard Student – First Qualification fee, Standard Student – Subsequent Qualification fee or Concession fee for disadvantaged students.

If you are an Australian Government welfare recipient we will need documentation from you that will assist us in calculating your Fee.

The schedule of fees can be accessed at: www.training.nsw.gov.au/smartandskilled/prices_fees.html

If you apply for Recognition of Prior Learning or Credit Transfer the qualification price will be adjusted and a new student fee will be determined.

Incidental fees:

A make-up kit is required for your study in the both the Certificate IV and Diploma.

An initial deposit is required on enrolment, plus the cost of the kit for your course.

Smart and Skilled Scholarships:

There are Smart and Skilled Scholarships available. As part of the Reskilling NSW initiative, the NSW Government is investing $48 million to provide 200,000 free training places over the next four years to help young people gain the qualifications they need to become skilled workers.

People who meet Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarship eligibility criteria and commence training on or after 1 July 2015, will be able to choose from more than 580 qualifications from Certificate I to Certificate IV level, including apprenticeships and traineeships, and be able complete their training without paying a student fee.

Free training will be available to young people (aged 15-30) who receive Commonwealth Welfare allowances such as a Newstart Allowance or a Youth Allowance, or are the dependant of a Commonwealth Welfare recipient. There is a priority for young people living in Social Housing, or on the Social Housing waiting list.

3. Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit Transfer:

You are eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT). Should your application for RPL and or CT be approved by ACMUSE, following the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 and the NSW Recognition Framework, the outcomes will be entered to determine any reduction in the course Fee.

RPL is an assessment process assessing your competence against the competency standards you seek recognition for with the provision of evidence. Please contact ACMUSE if you wish to apply for RPL prior to enrolling.

CT applies when you can provide a Certificate, Statement of Attainment or transcript that has recorded the same unit code and title of a unit included in the enrolled course. You will be asked to provide a copy of your document, which has been witnessed by a JP as having sighted the original, as evidence of your seeking CT. Please contact ACMUSE if you wish to apply for CT prior to enrolling.

If you wish to defer your course you may do so for up to 12 months from when we have received notification from you. It is hoped that you should not need to discontinue your course. If you wish to discontinue your course we ask that you inform ACMUSE in writing. Any refunds owing please refer to our Refund Policy.

If you wish to defer or discontinue your course please write, with your reasons, to:


PO Box 948
Broadway NSW 2007

5. Consumer Protection Information:

Your feedback is important to us at ACMUSE. To protect your rights as a student please refer to the following document:

Smart and Skilled Consumer Protection Strategy

Alternatively, you may wish to contact the NSW Smart and Skilled Customer Support Centre direct at 1300 772 104 or visit www.smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au

ACMUSE provides the following support services during your training:

  • Academic Support: CEO and Training Manager
  • Student Welfare Support
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy Support
How can I enrol?

To start the application process call the College on 02 9518 8003 to arrange an appointment or email the College. For more information on the enrolment process please visit Learner Information.

Courses commence from March 2019

For full information on NSW Smart and Skilled please visit www.smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/about