This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of community settings and clients’ homes, who provide training and support in a manner that empowers people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing. Workers promote a person-centred approach, work without direct supervision and may be required to supervise and/or coordinate a small team.
Students undertaking this course must complete a Practical Placement of at least 120 hours.
|AQF Level||Level 4: Certificate IV|
Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations
Standard Course Structure
The volume of learning for a Certificate IV is 600 - 2400 hours of study time however, the training duration will depend on the electives and study mode selected. In addition, 120 hours of work placement is required.
|CHCCCS015||Provide individualised support|
|CHCDIS002||Follow established person-centred behaviour supports|
|CHCDIS005||Develop and provide person-centred service responses|
|CHCDIS007||Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability|
|CHCDIS008||Facilitate community participation and social inclusion|
|CHCDIS009||Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach|
|CHCDIS010||Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
|CHCLEG003||Manage legal and ethical compliance|
|HLTAAP001||Recognise healthy body systems|
|HLTWHS002||Follow safe work practices for direct client care|
|CHCADV001||Facilitate the interests and rights of clients|
|CHCCCS004||Assess co-existing needs|
|CHCCOM002||Use communication to build relationships|
|CHCPRP001||Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships|
|HLTWHS006||Manage personal stressors in the work environment|
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS005 Develop and provide person-centred service responses
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS009 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
CHCDIS010 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
HLTWHS006 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
Duration and dates
Distance students require self-motivation and will need approximately 25 hours of study per week for each unit of competency, comprised of both practical and theoretical study. This course is self paced so students must have sound literacy and numeracy skills. This course is delivered by distance education so students must have access to a computer and the internet. Students are allocated 13 weeks from enrolment to complete each unit.
Students undertaking this course must complete a Practical Placement. See More Details tab for further information.
|Course code||Course name||Short Course|
|CHC42015||Certificate IV in Community Services||No|
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Practical Placement Information
To achieve this qualification, students must complete at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.
Where a student is not currently working in the Community Services industry they will be required to obtain either paid or unpaid opportunities for suitable practical work in the form of volunteer work or paid employment.
This requires that a supervisor from the workplace is able to sign off confirmation that you have completed assessment tasks to the level required to ensure that students are work ready and competent in the field they are training for.
Before you undertake any voluntary work you must undergo a working with children check that assesses a person’s eligibility to hold a blue card or exemption card based on their known past police and disciplinary information.
This process also disqualifies certain people upfront and prevents people from working with children whose past behaviour indicates they are not eligible to enter regulated child-related employment. You will know if you have been successful when you receive a current Blue Card, you may also be required to undergo a full criminal history check through your local police station.
Your teacher can assist you with the Blue Card process and you will not be able to commence paid or unpaid practical work in a community services organisation without a current Blue Card.