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CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

Course Overview 

CRICOS Course Code: 097996D

The Diploma of Community Services reflects the roles of community services, case management and social housing workers involved in managing, co-ordinating and/or delivering person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities. You will develop the skills to work with a wide range of clients including children and young people, families, older people and clients from culturally diverse backgrounds, and will assist them through a range of social and personal issues including family support, homelessness, domestic violence and drug and alcohol issues. At this level, workers have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously under broad directions from senior management. Workers are usually providing direct support to individuals or groups of individuals. Workers may also have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers and/or case management; program coordination or the development of new business opportunities. 

Relevant Job Roles 
  • Community Care Manager
  • Care Team Leader
  • Family Services Coordinator
  • Community Development Worker for Social Housing
  • Housing Manager
  • Community Worker
  • Community Services Coordinator
  • Case Coordinator
  • Family Support Worker
  • Welfare Support Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Disability Team Leader
  • Community Housing Worker
  • Community Work Coordinator
Entry Requirements 

Students must be aged 18 years and above.

Evidence of acceptable English language test course as below (or equivalent):

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), internet based test 46
Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) 162
Pearson Test of English Academic 42

In addition, students are asked to identify if they would like to participate in an LLN assessment as part of the enrolment process in the areas of reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy. This ensures the course is at an appropriate level for students and educational support is provided. 

All students must be willing to participate in mandatory work placement of a minimum of 120 hours and this will require a working with children clearance.

Units of Study 

Core Units

HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety

CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity

CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance

CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs

CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies

CHCDEV002 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services

CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Elective Units

CHCCSM004 Coordinate complex case requirements

CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs

CHCAOD004 Assess needs of client with alcohol and other drugs issues

CHCCSM006 Provide case management supervision

CHCCSM007 Undertake case management in a child protection framework

CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations

CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management

HLTAID003 Provide first aid

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Face-to-Face Schedule 
This course is scheduled as: 74 weeks | 20 hours per week | 6 terms | 10 weeks per term
Four intakes per year: January, April, July, October
Students are required to partipcate in a minimum of 100 hours of mandatory work placement in at least one community service organisation within 50 kms of Darwin
We recommend that learners set aside between 5-7 hours per week for homework, reading and assessment tasks
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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 

RPL recognises skills, knowledge and experience gained through work, formal study, volunteering, informal or formal training, social activities or general life experiences. If you can demonstrate that you have already learnt the knowledge, and have the relevant skills, recognition of prior learning may be granted. Please contact our office for information about the RPL process.

Application Fee (non-refundable) A$300.00
Resource Fee A$200.00
Tuition Fee A$12,000.00
Total A$12,500.00
Tuition Fee Per Term A$2000.00
Recognition of Prior Learning Per Unit of Competency A$500.00

*Apply in 2018 for discounted fee

Students are required to pay for their own working with children clearance. The fee of A$7.00 is paid direct to SAFE NT


Course learning and assessment material
Qualified industry expert trainer
Student support
Coffee and tea
Certification upon successful completion


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