CHC52015 - Diploma of Community Services

Course Overview

The Diploma of Community Services provides students with the knowledge and skills to work in the community services sector in residential and community settings.Students will learn how to provide a holistic approach to client needs, including social, emotional, psychological and practical support.Students will need to successfully complete work placements, for which they will be required to hold a current Police Check and a current Working with Children Check.

Face to face (Theory in class): 1 day per week at 6 hours per day for 79 weeks
Practical placement (work experience): minimum 100 hours
Research and project work: completed over 8 hours per week either at the College (before/after class), local library in a group or pairs.
Workplace Tasks Applications: be completed outside of the classroom over 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 Working with Children check
• Current Police Check

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 Diploma of Community Services 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

28 Units of Competency – 23 core and 5 elective

Core Modules

Develop and implement service programs  
Develop workplace communication strategies
Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community
Manage and promote diversity
Manage legal and ethical compliance
Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Manage work health and safety

Elective Modules

Provide First Aid
Facilitate the empowerment of older people
Work with people with mental health issues
Recognise and respond to crisis situations
Support community participation and inclusion
Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
Community participation and social inclusion
Assessco-existing needs


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

Non-Concession (Tuition): $275 (inclusive of 10% GST)
Fee for service: $8675 (includes of 10% GST)

Please refer to the Refund Policy on the College Website for further information.

* Replacement of lost learner resources will incur a replacement fee
* A payment of AUD$20 may be required for the 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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