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​Do you have a big heart and a passion for your community? When you work with and care for other people, you can make a huge difference to their lives - if that sounds like a career you would love, why not consider a community services course at Holmesglen?

You can study a range of pathways, from aged care and mental health to disability and youth work. Holmesglen has partnered with leading organisations in each of these fields, so you benefit from a course that gives you access to the industry you'll be working in.

This is a great way to learn the skills you need to make a positive change in your community. You'll also be able to network and create important relationships with future employers while you study, so you have a pathway to your specialisation once you graduate.

Our community services courses can be studied part time, full time or online so you can fit your study in around your lifestyle and any other commitments you have. Whether you're looking to launch a brand new career in this field, gain some qualifications while you work or return to the workforce with new skills and knowledge, we can help you achieve your goals. 

Courses available (13)

Certificate III

  • International
    Individual Support
    Previously Aged Care
    Chadstone; Moorabbin
    Certificate III in Individual Support Holmesglen TAFE
    • Start February / April / July

    The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) will train you to provide person-centred support to older people in an aged care setting.You will learn how to provide physical, social and emotional support to clients. You will also learn how to work as part of a team with other professionals such as nurses and healthcare workers.You will complete four weeks of work placement with one of our industry partners to help you put your skills into [...]

Certificate IV

  • Child, Youth and Family Intervention
    • Start July

    This course has been designed to provide the knowledge and skills to people who are wanting to work with youth and families in the child protection sector. This course will give you the skills to embark on a rewarding career in Child, Youth and Family Intervention. This course will see you develop the skills needed to with with and engage vulnerable individuals with the aim of improving the lives of others. This course is suited [...]

  • Community Services
    On campus
    • Start April

    The Certificate IV in Community Services is a unique course as all 7 electives have been carefully selected to provide applicants with specific knowledge and skills around working within a family violence framework. The Certificate IV in Community Services is tailored to build skills and knowledge around family violence for those currently looking to up-skill or seeking employment.

  • Disability
    Certificate IV in Disability Holmesglen TAFE
    • Start February / July

    Are you passionate about empowerment, advocacy and inclusion? Do you want to extend your skills and knowledge of disability?This course is structured to provide you with the skills and knowledge in subject areas such as empowerment, inclusion, supporting positive lifestyle, advocacy, augmented and alternative communication and human development. With the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), there are even greater opportunities to develop a rewarding career working in the disability sector.Your learning will [...]

  • Leisure and Health
    Certificate IV in Leisure and Health Holmesglen TAFE
    • Start February / July

    If you are passionate about improving the quality of life for those living in residential care and you want to work towards positive outcomes for members of your community by planning and running activities that enhance the emotional, social and physical well-being of others, then this course is the one for you. The course is designed to provide you with skills and knowledge specifically related to the design, implementation and evaluation of leisure and health [...]

  • Mental Health/Alcohol and Other Drugs
    Certificate IV in Mental Health/Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs Holmesglen TAFE
    • Start March / July

    The dual qualification of the Certificate IV in Mental Health and Certificate IV of Alcohol and Other Drugs focuses on theories and practices in relation to drug and alcohol and mental health work. Some of the theories and approaches you will learn about are; harm minimisation, person centered recovery and you will learn how to implement trauma informed care and how to promote and facilitate wellness.You will learn what it looks like to be a [...]


  • International
    Community Services
    Moorabbin; City
    Diploma of Community Services Holmesglen TAFE
    • Start February / May / July / October

    This course provides you with the knowledge and skills required to perform as a professional community services worker, across a variety of settings within the social and community services industry. These may include areas such as mental health, homelessness, family and domestic violence, child protection, employment support and migrant services.While completing this course, our dedicated placement officers will find you two 200-hour practical placements (400 hours in total) at a community services agency of your [...]

  • Counselling
    Diploma of Counselling Holmesglen TAFE
    • Start March / July

    Study Diploma of Counselling you will develop skills and knowledge required to undertake work within a community services industry. The Diploma of Counselling is designed to give you a blend of theory underpinning counselling techniques, as well as the practical experience required to build capability. You will get the opportunity to practice your counselling skills in a simulated environment that reflects 'real working' conditions with our professional actors. [...]

  • Mental Health
    Diploma of Mental Health Holmesglen TAFE
    • Start February

    This course prepares you to provide services to clients in relation to mental health and wellbeing. It includes the knowledge and skills to provide person centred recovery, referral, advocacy, trauma informed practice and education/health promotion services.The skills that you acquire as part of this course will enable you to work in a wide range of mental health programs, including group facilitation for people with a mental illness, case management, support work and crisis support management. [...]

  • Youth Work/Alcohol and Other Drugs
    Diploma of Youth Work/Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs Holmesglen TAFE
    • Start February / July

    This course applies to you if you wish to learn theories, models, interventions and practical skills within the area of youth work and alcohol and other drugs. It is a dual qualification so that after successful completion, you will leave with a CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work and a CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs.In this course, you will develop an understanding of issues affecting disadvantaged and diverse young people, and gain the [...]

Programs for Secondary School Students

  • Community Services
    VET Delivered to Secondary Students (previously VETiS)
    Chadstone; Moorabbin
    • Start February

    This is a VET Delivered to Secondary Students (previously VETiS) course and can only be completed as part of your VCE or VCAL program.This course is ideal if you like working with people. Throughout this two year course, you will be taught across a variety of work skill areas relevant to work within the community services sector. You will learn about meeting individual needs, community participation, working with diverse people and community development. Your learning [...]

Skill Set

  • Case Management-CSW
    • Start August

    The Case Management skill set has been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to work or to enhance your skills in case management.

  • Residential Care Worker Top Up Skills
    • Start July

    In 2017 the state government set a minimum qualification strategy for residential care workers in Victoria. The new minimum standards require residential care workers to have skills and knowledge in working with children, young people and their families who have experienced trauma, working in a residential care setting and managing complex behaviours. This skill set will give workers with existing qualifications at a certificate IV level or higher in community services, welfare, youth work or [...]

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