The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has issued guidance around funding for non-domestic visa holders in work-based learning for 2023.

This forms part of their implementation of the unified funding system (UFS), and results in the removal of training subsidy eligibility for non-domestic tertiary students. However, the Government has agreed to targeted exemptions to continue to subsidise work-based learning that is in the national interest, and that aligns with the Government’s Green List and Sector Agreements.

For Careerforce, there is a Sector Agreement for the care workforce, and as a result, non-domestic visa holder learners enrolling in Careerforce Health & Wellbeing programmes will be exempt from international fees*.

The programmes below however are not eligible for a non-domestic learner subsidy (not on Government ‘green list’, and nor is there a Sector Agreement). As a result, non-domestic (international) fees will apply, and these have now been finalised as below.

Programme Name Duration (mths) Credits Employer Led
(incl GST)
Full Service (incl GST)

NZC in Cleaning (Level 2)

7 40 $1,410 $1,900
NZC in Cleaning (Level 3) – various specialisations 10 57 $1,955 $2,575
NZC in Pest Operations (Level 3) (Urban Pest Control) 7 40   $5,055
NZD in Business – Leadership & Management (Level 5) 20 120   $4,650


Further information is available on the Tertiary Education Commission website.

*Visas must be valid for the entire duration of the proposed training programme to be eligible for enrolment.