To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee students must:
- be 15 years or older
- be no longer at school (with the exception of school students in Years 10, 11 and 12 undertaking a VET in School (VETiS) program)
- permanently reside in Queensland
- be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen; and
- not hold, and not be enrolled in Certificate III or higher-level qualification (does not include qualifications completed in secondary school). Students may already hold a Certificate III qualification in the Maritime industry not funded through the Certificate 3 Guarantee.