CHC52015

Diploma of Community Services

Course code CHC52015
Start date(s) February/July
Course length Full time: 1.5 years
Campus Moorabbin
Study mode Full time
International course Yes (Full time only)
  • Course Overview

    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 the course our dedicated Placement Officers will find you a 200 hour practical placement at a community services agency of your preference. Placement will not only ensure you are competent and work ready, but will also provide you with experience working as a community services worker and valuable networks and references for when looking for a job in the field.

    You will also take part in a community project that will give you the skills to develop, implement and review projects within the community services sector.

    This interactive and supportive course ensures you develop the skills, knowledge and confidence required to support your growth as a professional worker in the community services sector. Most classes are delivered face to face however there is some requirement for online learning using our e-learning platform.Part of the course training is also offered in our state of the art simulation lab where you will get to practice and experience intake, assessment and counselling skills with real life scenarios.

  • Course Structure

    To receive this qualification you must complete 8 core units and 8 elective units. Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and current policy directions in the community services field. If you have already completed other eligible elective units, these may be counted towards completion of this program.

    Students who require ACWA registration may be required to complete additional placement hours which can extend the duration of your course.

    Assessment

    The assessments consist of a range of different tasks including presentations, reports,online quizze , role plays etc. The course have some assessments and projects, that will expect you to work hands on, in the community (with agencies and or people) to strengthen the skills, experience and your employability prospects.

    Subjects

    CodeName
    CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    CHCCOM003Develop workplace communication strategies
    CHCDIV003Manage and promote diversity
    CHCDEV002Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
    CHCCCS007Develop and implement service programs
    HLTWHS004Manage work health and safety
    CHCMGT005Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
    CHCLEG003Manage legal and ethical compliance

    Electives

    CodeName
    CHCGROUP403DPlan and conduct group activities
    CHCCSL501AWork within a structured counselling framework
    CHCADV002Provide advocacy and representation services
    CHCDEV001Confirm client developmental status
    CHCCSM005Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
    CHCCDE012Work within organisation and government structures to enable community
    CHCCCS004Assess co-existing needs
    CHCYTH004Respond to critical situations
  • Requirements

    Recognition of prior learning

    You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen.

    Please see Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer for more information.

    Prerequisites

    • VCE or equivalent, or mature age (at least 18 years of age and away from formal study for at least one year)
    • To gain this qualification successful completion of placement is required. Students will be informed of this at the interview. To participate in placement students are required to produce a satisfactory:
      • Victoria Police Records Check and
      • Working with Children Check

    Selection Process

    Your selection will be based on a face to face interview as well as a short written task. You will also need to complete an online language, numeracy and literacy test prior to enrolment.

    At the interview stage you are encouraged to make us aware of any additional support needs you may require which will enable us to link you in with appropriate supports.

  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    Upon successfully completing this program, you will be eligible to receive the nationally endorsed CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services.

    Pathways

    Once the Diploma of Community Services is complete, you can apply to undertake a degree in social work, community services, social science, arts and related degrees, and may be provided credit for up to one and a half years of study.

    Alternatively you can choose to specialise in a specific service area.

    Career Opportunities

    • Child protection
    • Family services
    • Youth and case work
    • Juvenile justice
    • Women's issues
    • Community work
    • Outreach work
    • Intake work
    • Working with vulnerable clients
    • Roles within these fields include coordinator, client assessor, care coordination, community worker or case manager
    • Work within government departments, community and voluntary organizations, as well as private employers in the SACS industry
  • How to Apply

    Direct

    Apply online now

    The application process takes approximately 5 minutes and at this stage, you do not need to provide any documentation.

    To apply offline, contact the department directly using the details below. Your application will be reviewed by the faculty and you will be contacted within 2 working days. For further information on the full application process, including how to accept your offer, complete enrolment and make payment, visit How to Apply.

    Further Advice

    If you have further questions about your application please contact the department:

    Social Science Department
    03 9209 5854
    socialscience@holmesglen.edu.au

    Recruitment

    Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf the of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

    Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.

  • Fees

    $7100 Holmesglen TAFE
    Holmesglen TAFE CHC52015

    Program Fees

    TypeCost
    Gov. Subsidised$7100
    Full Fee$14000

  • Course Overview

    This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills required to perform competently as a professional Welfare Worker, across a variety of settings within the social and community services (SACS) industry.

  • Course Structure

    Assessment

    Assessment is based on competency, that is the ability to demonstrate specific skills, and is undertaken through a combination of observation, discussion, written assignments, tests, and/or practical application and work related projects, including those undertaken through field placement.

    Subjects

    CodeName
    CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    CHCCOM003Develop workplace communication strategies
    CHCDIV003Manage and promote diversity
    CHCDEV002Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
    CHCCCS007Develop and implement service programs
    HLTWHS004Manage work health and safety
    CHCMGT005Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
    CHCLEG003Manage legal and ethical compliance
    CodeName
    CHCGROUP403DPlan and conduct group activities
    CHCCSL501AWork within a structured counselling framework
    CHCADV002Provide advocacy and representation services
    CHCDEV001Confirm client developmental status
    CHCCSM005Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
    CHCCDE012Work within organisation and government structures to enable community
    CHCCCS004Assess co-existing needs
    CHCYTH004Respond to critical situations
  • Requirements

    Recognition of prior learning

    Students may be able to shorten the length of their chosen course by measuring their skills acquired through work or life experiences, or through qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF Qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by any other Registered Training Organisation will be recognised by the Institute. Contact Holmesglen to obtain an information brochure.

    Prerequisites

    Good passes at Year 11 level or the overseas equivalent;

    And


    English language proficiency level of IELTS 5.5 (academic module, with no individual band less than 5.5), ISLPR 2+, TOEFL 197 (CB) or 46 (iBT), PTE Academic Score of 42 (no communicative skill score less than 42), Cambridge English: Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) of 47 or equivalent.

  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    Upon successful completion of this course students are eligible to receive the Diploma of Community Welfare Work. This is a nationally accredited qualification recognised by the Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers (AIWCW).

    Career Opportunities

    A range of career and employment opportunities exist within the human services field. They include positions within a range of employing bodies, including:

    • state government departments
    • local government
    • federal government departments
    • voluntary organisations
    • community based organisations
    • private employers in the SACS industry
    • church and non government organisations



      Areas of work include child protection, family services, youth, case work, juvenile justice, women's issues and community work. Possible roles within these fields may include: Coordination, Client Assessor, Community Worker, Case Manager.
      Graduates of this course may apply for entry into:
      • Bachelor of Arts (Welfare Studies)
      • Bachelor of Social Science
      • Bachelor of Arts
      • Bachelor of Arts (Criminology)
      • Bachelor of Arts (Family Studies)
      • Bachelor of Arts (Community Development)
      • Bachelor of Social Work
  • How to Apply

    Other

    International students are required to apply through the International Centre at Holmesglen. Please download an application form and forward it to international.admissions@holmesglen.edu.au together with certified copies of your academic transcripts and the A$500 Application Fee.

    Students may also apply through one of Holmesglen's accredited agents overseas, waiving the A$500 Application Fee. Please refer to the separate listing of accredited agents at www.holmesglen.edu.au/international.

    Please note that students with citizenship of countries classified by Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) as Assessment Level 3 (Refer information at http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Stud/Stud ) are required to apply through one of Holmesglen's accredited agents.

    Further Advice

    If you have further questions about your application please contact the department:

    +61 3 9564 1703

    intl@holmesglen.edu.au

  • Fees

    Fees for 2016: $13,000 per year
    Fees quoted include required equipment, uniforms and/or material costs

Community Services Open Days

  • 27Oct
    VETiS - Community Services
    Moorabbin
    OD2441

    Develop understanding of community services, engaging with people and promoting inclusion. This session will provide you with information about our course and how we can support you to successfully complete units towards your Year 11 and Year 12 studies. Visit us on Open Day for a presentation and short activity, presented by our experienced teachers, highlighting future study pathways and career opportunities.

    Please note, this session is suitable for secondary school students only. If you are interested in Community Services, please register for the Community Services session.

    - , Thu 27 Oct - bookings essential.

    Holmesglen Moorabbin Campus, 488 South Road, Moorabbin, Vic Australia