What is a skill set? Why WA’s New, Free Training Courses Could be Right for You

What if you could try a qualification before paying? You’d be able to experience practical lectures and workshops, ask trainers your questions, and figure out if the qualification and career are right for you.

We’re excited to announce that fee-free, Job Ready skill sets are now available at Sero Institute! As the economy recovers, the WA government is making training more affordable and accessible so that you can boost your skills be job ready1. We offer two amazing skill sets: CHCSS00114 Entry into Care Roles and AE381 Hospitality Service.

But what is a skill set?

A skill set can be defined as:

‘a grouping of one or more competencies (or units) below the level of a full qualification that meets a client skill need…they are contained in training packages’2

   – The National Vocational Education and Training Research Program

Jobs and Skills WA has been working with industries, businesses, and employers to identify the types of skills needed now and for future jobs3. These skills were then combined to make skill sets, developed from nationally recognised vocational training courses. The courses are divided into units of competency, taken from full qualifications.

For example, CHCSS00114 Entry into Care Roles has three units of competency:

  • CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support,
  • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care, and
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures.

 The first two of these units are part of Sero’s CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support.

To apply for these skill sets, you’ll need to be an eligible student, i.e. someone who matches one or more of the following criteria:

  • ‘Persons aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding school students)
  • Secondary school-aged persons who are not enrolled at school
  • Persons receiving the JobSeeker or JobKeeper payment
  • Persons and dependants of persons receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • Persons and dependants of persons holding:
    • a pensioner concession card or Health Care Card; or
    • a Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution’3
Students and trainer at community service course

So Why Study a Skill Set?

There’s a lot of great reasons to give a free training course a go, but here are our top three reasons:

1.  Equip yourself for Employment

Skill sets are a fantastic way to get the skills necessary to start your first job in the industry, or to quickly re-skill.

For example, the AE381 Hospitality Services Skill Set comes with free barista training and RSA, or the responsible service of alcohol. In WA, ‘All bar staff, managers and licensees must be formally trained in responsible service’4. Rather than pay for RSA on its own, completing this fee-free skill set is a more affordable way to get the mandatory qualifications for employment.

2. Preview a Higher Qualification before Paying

You can think of a skill set as a free trial to a higher qualification. By completing the skill set, you can get a clear understanding of the full qualification to determine if you’d like to complete it. Sero’s two new skill sets are:

  • CHCSS00114 Entry into Care Roles and
  • AE381 Hospitality Service.

These courses can be considered free trials to:

  • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support and
  • SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality.

The skill sets’ units are from its relevant higher qualification, so completing the skill set would be the exact same experience as completing the first few weeks of study in the higher qualification.

You’ll also be able to discuss your career goals with the trainers, who have years of experience in the industry. And, if you don’t want to continue studying the full certificate, you can complete the skill set with a smaller qualification that is still fully accredited and nationally recognised. However, if you want to maximise your employment opportunities, then a higher qualification is recommended. Fortunately, if you’ve completed the skill set, we have faster, more affordable pathways to get that Certificate III.

3. Accelerated, Discounted Pathways into Higher Qualifications

Completing a skill set and moving into a Certificate III is a fantastic way to save time and money on your studies. For example, if you choose to continue studying CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support after completing a CHCSS00114 Entry into Care Roles skill set, Sero grants credit for all the units you have already completed in the skill set. You won’t have to repeat or pay for those completed units. Here’s how Sero’s new skill sets work:

  • You will complete your skill set units alongside the Certificate III class, as if you were enrolled in that class.
  • After completing the skill set units, you have the option to continue to study the Certificate III with the same class.

You’ll easily be able to continue your studies without being bogged down in credit transfer approval papers. Additionally, Sero is offering a discounted rate for students who move from the Skill Set into the Certificate III. Please enquire to find out more about our fees and funding.

Studying a skill set has its perks, and we’re happy to help improve your study experience.

Key Takeaways

What is a skill set?
Why Study a Skill Set?
  • Equip yourself for employment with the mandatory skills to start working.
  • Study as if the skill set were a free trial for a higher qualification that you’re interested in.
  • Take advantage of the faster, more affordable pathways to a higher qualification thanks to Sero’s credit transfer program.

If you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to enquire.


1 https://www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/jobs-and-careers/occupations

2 Mills, J., National Centre For Vocational Education Research (Australia, & Australia. Department Of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research And Tertiary Education. (2012). Workforce skills development and engagement in training through skill sets. Adelaide+ Ncver.

3 https://www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready

4 https://www.police.wa.gov.au/Your-Safety/Alcohol-and-drugs/Responsible-service-of-alcohol

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