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Blockchain Credentials More Affordable Than Ever

Updated: Jun 11, 2022

Diploma of Applied Blockchain




WHAT YOU'LL PAY JobTrainer only $145

Full Fee Students $13,840

Written by Amber Bennett

Public Relations Officer


Gold Coast Region

TAFE Queensland

31 Mar 2022

The Diploma of Applied Blockchain at TAFE Queensland is now eligible for JobTrainer funding, meaning any Queensland resident looking to develop new skills can do so for only $145.

General Manager of TAFE Queensland on the Gold Coast, Karen Dickinson said she is thrilled that this course will now be more accessible to students.

“This training is proudly delivered by TAFE Queensland under the joint State and Federal JobTrainer funding. This diploma isn’t just a Blockchain course, we are reimagining the way business should be done and making life easier.”

“Blockchain is on the skills shortage list and JobTrainer is paving the way for us to get ahead. We are talking about training students to create our workforce and solutions of the future. To simplify existing systems, mould evolving ones and build the new.”

Innovation and technology “TAFE Queensland is on the front foot of innovation and technology. Our state is leading the way nationally. We have made it a priority to support the sector’s growth and demand by partnering with industry leader, Blockchain Collective to deliver the course” said Ms. Dickinson.

Patrick Kidd, CEO of The Digital Skills Organisation (DSO) applauds TAFE Queensland’s approach to its Blockchain courses, both for being developed by industry for industry and driving the costs down.

“Like the DSO's initiatives, TAFE Queensland is using industry demand to drive and promote the courses employers desperately need. The skills gap in tech and non-tech roles is widening. Leveraging industry input is vital for Australia to produce the additional 286,000 technology workers needed by 2025.”

Upskilling opportunities “These courses show the tremendous value that the vocational education and training (VET) sector brings in driving faster upskilling and reskilling opportunities to anyone who wants to get involved.”

“We know that 42 per cent of people in the tech sector do not have a university degree. This is a huge incentive for those looking to upskill and take on opportunities in high-paying industries like Blockchain.”

TAFE Advanced Diploma of Blockchain learners Gordon Christian (left) and Electra Frost Middel with Startup Gladstone President Stephen Strachan (right)

. “Only by working together can we better align industries, training providers and learners. We have seen this first hand by working with Tech Council of Australia and developing the Digital Employers Forum. All industries must recognise the urgent need to upskill and train people in technology careers and digital skills,” said Mr Kidd.

Interconnection of emerging technologies Founder of Blockchain Collective, Austin Lewinsmith who also sits on the Board of Blockchain Australia said blockchain is the spine that interconnects all other emerging technologies whether it’s AI (artificial intelligence), machine learning or IoT (Internet of Things).

“We recognised there wasn’t any accredited training globally to meet the industry needs. We swiftly commissioned research and developed the solution. This has evolved into three courses delivered by TAFE Queensland,” he said.

“The online course equips students with the skills required to successfully develop and oversee Blockchain teams across a number of different industries and applications.” “There is really no limit to what Blockchain can be applied to as it’s the underlying technology for the likes of defi (decentralisation finance), cryptocurrency, NFTs and metaverse. Students don’t need to be coders or tech heads.”

“Blockchain projects can apply in accounting, healthcare, mining. Basically every industry. Each student builds out their own project which drives innovation at a grass roots level for our community,” said Mr Lewinsmith.

So Where can the Digital Playhouse Help you ?

Co Founders of the Digital Playhouse Gordon Christian and Electra Frost are currently doing the Advanced Diploma of Applied Blockchain. Their goal was to have 6 trained people in applied bloockchain in the Gldstone Region in 2022. They are now expanding that goal to 100 people.

The Digital Playhouse Agnes Water is a customised digital hosting venue for Blockchain Student Study Groups and Blockchain Startup incubation and education.

Gordon Electra with Blockchain TAFE Guru Babu at Blockchain Week 2022

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JobTrainer funding

If you’ve recently finished school, are looking for work, or want to reskill or upskill in an in-demand industry, you may be eligible to get qualified for less or even for free with TAFE Queensland JobTrainer funded courses.


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to participate in the program, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • permanently reside in Queensland; and

  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen; and

  • have finished school or no longer be at school (including home schooled); and

  • not be enrolled in training (includes vocational education and training (VET) and higher education courses); and

  • any previously completed qualifications were not funded as part of this program (under the JobTrainer Fund); and either be a (i) Job seeker OR (ii) School leaver/Young person as defined below:

    1. Job seeker means an individual aged 15 years or older who, as at the course commencement date, is:

      • out of work; or

      • in receipt of income support payments.

  1. School leaver or young person means an individual who is aged 16 to 24 years as at course commencement date, regardless of employment status.

As part of your application, you will be asked for evidence of the above.

Training is proudly delivered by TAFE Queensland and jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government


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