This qualification reflects the role of community services workers involved in the delivery, management and coordination of person-centred services to individuals, groups, and communities. At this level, workers have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously within their scope of practice under broad directions from senior management. Workers support people to make change in their lives to improve personal and social wellbeing and may also have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers. They may also undertake case management and program coordination. To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 200 hours of work (2 x 100-hour blocks) as detailed in the assessment requirements of units of competency. The skills in this qualification must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice. No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.
Students are required to complete the bksb (basic key skills builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course prior to commencing the Diploma of Community Services.
Mandatory placement checks are compulsory for this course, you will be required to get a Working with Children's Check relevant to your State and an Australian Federal Police Check. Please ensure you will meet the requirements for these checks. You may be required to undertake a pre-placement interview with host organisations and placement is subject to student meeting the requirements of the organisation.
Your vocational placement will entail 2 x 100 hours within a community services organisation and your placement will be undertaken towards the end of the course. If you are currently working within the community services industry you may be eligible to undertake your placement hours with your existing employer.
Students must complete a Vocational Placement and/or Work Integrated Learning as part of this qualification.
Vocational placement consists of 2 x 100 hours of vocational placement organised by CQUniversity. A vocational placement competency logbook must be signed off to confirm essential skills gained. If the student is employed in the community services sector, they may be eligible to complete the placement in their workplace.
To determine the students’ eligibility to complete the vocational component in their workplace or a placement arranged by the CQU Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team, a placement application form will be required to be completed by all students undertaking this course.
For vocational placement, students must undergo compulsory Mandatory Checks Requirements. This information will be provided to students after connecting with their teacher.
VET Student Loans may be available for eligible students in approved Diploma level qualifications. The loan can be used towards Tuition Fees only and does not cover additional expenses such as textbooks, uniforms, equipment, travel, tools, and accommodation or general living expenses. Loan limits or caps may apply for some eligible courses and where a loan limit is reached for a course, students may be required to pay upfront for any remaining units.
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Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Completion of the requirements for CHC52021 – Diploma of Community Services may lead to further study options in Social Sciences including the Bachelor of Social Work. Career opportunities include work positions in the fields of Community Services, i.e., Mental Health, Child Protection, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Housing, Domestic Violence, Disability and Youth Services.
Study Mode Definitions
*All study modes may include Vocational placement and/or work integrated learning.
Select a course structure below to view the delivery details, including the different study modes offered for each structure.
This program can take up to 26 months to complete. Students may complete this course sooner if they have increased capacity to participate in their study. Students are encouraged to complete one unit per month.
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people, is the initial unit for students to enrol in. Students are advised to not enroll into any further units at this point in time.
If you have previously completed this unit, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
Credit transfer is when you have previously completed equivalent competencies or learning outcomes (via formal learning) in the same or similar field in which they are currently studying.
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|HLTWHS003||Maintain work health and safety||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|CHCLEG003||Manage legal and ethical compliance||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|CHCDIV002||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|CHCCCS004||Assess co-existing needs||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|CHCCCS019||Recognise and respond to crisis situations||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|CHCDFV001||Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|CHCCSM013||Facilitate and review case management||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|CHCCCS007||Develop and implement service programs||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|CHCPRP003||Reflect on and improve own professional practice||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|CHCMGT005||Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|CHCDEV005||Analyse impacts of sociological factors on people in community work and services||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|HLTWHS006||Manage personal stressors in the work environment||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|CHCPRP001||Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|CHCCSL002||Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|CHCCCS016||Respond to client needs||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|CHCPRT029||Work within a practice framework||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|CHCMHS001||Work with people with mental health issues||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|CHCMHS007||Work effectively in trauma informed care||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|CHCMHS008||Promote and facilitate self advocacy||More Information||Training.gov Details|
|1||CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people|
|2||HLTWHS003 - Maintain work health and safety|
|3||HLTWHS006 - Manage personal stressors in the work environment|
|4||CHCPRP001 - Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships|
|5||CHCCSL002 - Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills|
|6||CHCCCS016 - Respond to client needs|
|7||CHCLEG003 - Manage legal and ethical compliance|
|8||CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety|
|9||CHCCCS004 - Assess co-existing needs|
|10||CHCCCS019 - Recognise and respond to crisis situations|
|11||CHCDFV001 - Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence|
|12||CHCPRT029 - Work within a practice framework|
|13||CHCMHS001 - Work with people with mental health issues|
|14||CHCMHS007 - Work effectively in trauma informed care|
|15||CHCMHS008 - Promote and facilitate self advocacy|
|16||CHCCSM013 - Facilitate and review case management|
|17||CHCCCS007 - Develop and implement service programs|
|18||CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice|
|19||CHCMGT005 - Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes|
|20||CHCDEV005 - Analyse impacts of sociological factors on people in community work and services|
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