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
SHB20116 Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics

Who is eligible for government subsidised training?

For new students in 2017, 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

Further Information

Call CMA’s Student Liaison Manager for more information email or call 6162 3371.