CHC42015 - Certificate IV in Community Services

Course Overview

This course will teach you to provide holistic support in residential and community settings. You’ll learn to respond to social, emotional, psychological and practical needs. You will gain a strong practical and theoretical base in welfare and social justice to work in a range of community support services. You’ll be ready to provide support, education, advocacy or interventions for individual clients, groups or communities.

You will gain industry-specific knowledge and skills including:
• community development
• relationship building
• working with diverse people
• conflict resolution and problem solving
• community education and engagement
• facilitating the interests and rights of clients
• organising group activities and projects
• promoting awareness of domestic and family violence
Potential jobs following from this training:
• community based organisations
• residential rehabilitation services
• outreach services
• case work/case management

• Delivered face-to-face, at 1 day per week and 6 hours per day for 52 weeks
• Research and project work (6 hours per week)
• Self-study (6 hours per week)

• Applicants will be required to undertake a pre-training review to determine English level and overall suitability for the course
• Current Police Check
• Current Working With Children Check

Upon completion of this course, students can undertake higher qualifications such as:
CHC52015 – Diploma of Community Services
CHC62015 – Advanced Diploma of Community Services

For students who have previously completed a Nationally Accredited course maybe eligible to receive credit towards the course. RPL is offered to any Learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered within this Certificate III in individual support course.  During the enrolment process a potential Learner may discuss any prior evidence before commencing training to determine if they are eligible for RPL. An additional fee for this service will be discussed with you upon application.

• Fully equipped classroom (including projector, whiteboard, internet access, tea and coffee faculties)
• Learner and facilitator guides
• Simulated classroom for students to practice their skills
• Support extended to the student to assist in locating placement
• Relevant policies, procedures, legislative and regulatory materials
• Laptops
• Free Wi-Fi access
• Guest speakers
• PowerPoint presentations
• Assessment handouts
• Access to the local Council library
• Educational posters located around the classroom for student reference
• Library or access to learning resources
• Student mentoring, if requested or required, to help her/him to meet competency and learning requirements
• Encouragement of establishing study support groups
• Senior student buddy mentoring and;
• Assistance provided for people with disability including wheelchair access, access to welfare services, large learning spaces.

Course Outline

13 Units of Competency – 7 core and 8 elective units

Core Modules

Work legally and ethically
Assess co-existing needs
Use communication to build relationships
Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
Maintain work health and safety
Work with diverse people

Elective Modules

Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
Plan and conduct group activities
Provide client-centered support to people in crises
Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
Provide person centred services to people with disability with complex needs
Coordinate client directed services
Provide recovery oriented mental health services


For eligible student students, State Government Funding is available through the Skills First Program.
For full fee paying students, payments plans may be available

• Concession fee: $110 (includes $10.00 GST)
• Non Concession fee: $550 (includes $50.00 GST)
• Fee for service: $7060.00

Please refer to the Refund Policy and Application for Payment Plan on the College Website for further information.
• Replacement of lost learner resources is an additional charge
• A payment of AUD $20 may be required for the re-issuing of official academic transcript

How to apply

To apply for enrolment in this course please contact VASS College of Vocational Education below or feel free to come meet us in person. Our staff would love to talk with you about your study goals to determine the best course for you.

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