Choosing an RTO

How to choose the right training organisation

When you’re working out where your child is going to do their training, make sure you shop around. Costs, provider services and study options vary considerably from one training provider to the next.

While cost is obviously important, there are other factors to consider as well, such as how long the course is, size of the classes, and contact hours. Your child might also need to consider whether a training provider offers flexible options like part-time or online study, or if support services are available for young people with disabilities, from rural areas or for Indigenous students.

How do we choose where to train?

Once your child has decided which career path they’d like to pursue, worked out what training will get them there, and have found (using the search tool) one or more training providers that offer the right course, it’s time to start gathering more detailed information about each of the training providers.

Here are some questions that will help you and your child make a final decision: 

How much will it cost?

  • Can the RTO give us a breakdown of costs for the training? Is it easy to understand? Does the RTO offer government-subsidised training?
  • If my child is eligible for a government-subsidised place, how much will the government contribute how much will we pay?
  • Are there other fees for services/amenities? If yes, how much are they?
  • Do we have to pay for materials and books? If yes, how much will this cost?

Quality and experience

  • How long has the RTO been offering the course? Who is the trainer and what experience do they have? Do people find work after the course?
  • Do students need to bring their own laptop computer?
  • What is the classroom set up like? Are the facilities in good condition? Is there disability access?
  • Can we visit on an open day?


  • How long is the course? How many hours a week are spent in class?
  • Is there a minimum attendance requirement?
  • How many students are in each class?
  • How much homework will there be?
  • Are there any practical placements or work-experience elements?
  • Is there Recognition of Prior Learning?
  • Does the course lead to a nationally recognised qualification?
  • Do they offer part-time/weekend/online study? Are there flexible arrangements for rural students?

Go to the classic site view to download a checklist to help you compare up to three RTOs. There’s space for you and your child to add extra questions about the things that are especially important to you.

When considering training providers you can also review a list of training providers where funding has been terminated on the Department of Education and Training website.

The Australian Government My Skills website also has a search function to find statistical information, such as how students fare after they complete their training, and the demographics of students at a particular RTO.