Smart and Skilled is the NSW Government’s reform of vocational education and training across the state.

By giving more students access to government subsidised training in priority industry areas, the reform is helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find jobs with the best opportunities for growth in the future.

What does government subsidised mean?

A subsidised course means that the NSW Government will pay a part of the student fee on your behalf – all you need to do is pay the balance, which is less than the actual qualification price.

What courses does CMA offer under Smart and Skilled?

SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy by Distance Education
CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media
SHB20116 Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics

Who is eligible for government subsidised training?

For students in 2019, you are eligible for government subsidised training under Smart and Skilled if you are:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder AND
  • aged 15 years or older and no longer at school AND
  • living or working in New South Wales.

If you meet these personal eligibility criteria, you will have access to a subsidised training place in all Smart and Skilled courses, regardless of any previous qualifications you may hold. Places may be limited in some higher level courses.


All students studying a nationally recognised qualification must have a Unique Student Identifier before enrolling. If you do not already have a USI, go to to create one.

How much will I pay?

Fees for Smart and Skilled courses have been set by the NSW Government and will be the same for all NSW training organisations offering government subsidised courses.

Once you meet the eligibility requirements for a subsidised fee, how much you will actually pay depends on:

  • which course you choose
  • your previous post-school qualifications
  • if you are an apprentice or trainee
  • if you are eligible for a concession or exemption (see below)
  • if you are eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning or credit transfer

To estimate your fee and check your eligibility, click here or contact a CMA course advisor today.

Find out more about Smart & Skilled

If you want to know more about Smart and Skilled you can visit the Smart and Skilled website. The website has information for students on:

Find a Course
How much will your course cost?
Check your eligibility
Smart & Skilled Fee Free Scholarships
How to enrol

CMA will discuss with you, at an interview, the best option of study for you.  Once the right course for you has been determined, the enrolment process will commence, which will include CMA obtaining consent from you to use your information, including personal information, for the purpose of creating a Notification of Enrolment via the NSW Department’s portal.  This consent is obtained through the completion of the CMA Enrolment Application Form and the student eligibility assessment.  The Notification of Enrolment is also confirmation of how much funding you will receive from Smart and Skilled.  The information gathered during the enrolment process, as well as training activity related information, will be reported to the department and the National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd.

Support for disadvantaged students
Consumer protection
Recognising skills

Student Information

CMA Schedule of Tuition Fees 2017
CMA Schedule of Tuition Fees 2018
VET Student Loans Information
Consumer Protection Policy
Student Support Policy
Withdrawal and Refund Policy for Approved Courses
Withdrawal Application Form
RPL Policy
Student Consent and Declaration Form
Student Admission Procedures for Approved Courses

If you need any further information, including informationa about course deferral, please contact CMA’s Student Liaison Manager for more information at or call 6162 3371.