BERT Training Funding

About BERT Training Fund (BTF):

BERT Training Fund (BTF)is a joint Union and Employer initiative which provides members of the Building Employees Redundancy Trust (BERT) with funding and assistance to improve their skills. The fund which was previously known as the Queensland Construction Training Fund (QCTF) was established in 1991 to enable industry to take responsibility for the funding of its training needs.

For more information about BTF and eligibility requirements, visit the BTF website here - www.btfund.org.au/index.html

To discuss your training requirements and your eligibility for BTF or any of our other funded courses, please contact our head office on 1300 700 080 or visit sst.edu.au

Who BTF helps:

BERT Training Fund (BTF) assists in the training of workers in the building and construction industry who are members of the Building Employees Redundancy Trust (BERT). Through skills training, workers can increase their skills, knowledge and expertise. This leads to better employment options, higher wages and a more productive industry. BTF will provide assistance in both the trade and non-trade occupations and in the building, civil and engineering construction sectors of the industry. The applicant may either be employed or unemployed.

Making an Application:

Any person who is a member of BERT and meets the BERT Training Fund eligibility criteria can apply for a training subsidy for construction related training courses. BTF recommends that applications are made prior to the commencement of the course so you know how much will be reimbursed before you commit to the training. Applications can be submitted via the internet at: www.btfund.org.au (Training Grants – Apply Here) or through the post, by email (info@btfund.org.au)

Funding Criteria:

  • The course cost must be paid by the applicant or the employer prior to commencement;
  • A separate application form must be completed for each course to be funded;
  • Generally, only accredited training delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) will be eligible for a training grant. If in doubt; contact the BTF office or submit an application form;
  • 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;
  • Training grants are limited to a total of $1,500.00 per course;
  • No funding is provided for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment;
  • You can seek funding for up to two (3) training activities over a 12 month period, provided that the funding for the first two grants was below $1,500.00;
  • Reimbursement by BTF is only made after the training is completed and the following documentation is provided:
    • A copy of the paid receipt from the RTO that delivered the training;
    • A copy of the training results (Statement of Attainment or Qualification);
    • A copy of your Separation Certificate (if applicable);
    • A copy of your bank statement clearly displaying the name of the bank, the account name and the BSB and account numbers.
  • Payment is made direct to the nominated bank account within 10 days of receipt of the required documentation;
  • Grants remain valid for a period of 3 months and will automatically lapse if no contact is made with BTF. Grants for higher level courses, such as Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma remain open for a longer duration.

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 formally notified of the level of support BTF can provide (via mail, email or text).

For more information about the BERT Training Fund, please view their information sheet at the following location - www.btfund.org.au/pdf/facts-sheet.pdf

NOTE: The above funding criteria is subject to change.