Diploma of Community Services

Free TAFE course
Course Code CHC52015
Locations Warrnambool

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Study Mode Full-time, On Campus
Length 2 years
Commencement February 2021
Timetable 3 days a week including some evening classes
Course Overview
Study from home during COVID-19 restrictions

Whilst we pride ourselves on our hands-on training, we have had to adjust most of our courses for study from home and remote learning during the COVID-19 restrictions. This means courses will be delivered using a range of methods including online learning, virtual classrooms, workbooks and direct contact with your teacher.

Given the government restrictions that are now in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus in Australia, we expect this new model of study will continue until the government makes changes to these restrictions.

Introduction

This qualification will give you the tools and knowledge needed to provide a range of services and interventions to clients within the community service sector.

This course gives you real-life industry experience where you will gain knowledge and skills in working with individuals, groups and whole communities through 400 hours of work placement.

This is an Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) accredited course. This is a generalist course and offers a wide range of employment opportunities upon graduation in a large range of contexts.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

  • Community services worker
  • Family support worker
  • Welfare worker
  • Community worker

Pathways

This course offers a pathway into Deakin University, Warrnambool Campus.

Placement

This course includes industry experience where you will gain knowledge and skills in working with individuals, groups and whole communities through more than 400 hours of work placement. 

You will be required to hold a Working with Children Check (volunteer) prior to commencing placement.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

Places for this FREE TAFE course are now capped and a selection process will apply for all places in 2020.

Entry Requirements for this course include:

  • Criminal Record Check is required.
  • Interview and application process applies

An entry requirement into this course, is for you to have a careers consultation with the Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre. After submitting your online application, a member of the Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre team will be in contact with you to make an appointment.

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 16 units: 8 core and 8 elective.

You will be required to hold a Working with Children Check (volunteer) prior to commencing placement.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs 100 $0.00
CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies 100 $0.00
CHCDEV002 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services 100 $0.00
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity 80 $0.00
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance 80 $0.00
CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes 120 $0.00
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120 $0.00
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety 40 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs 80 $45.00
CHCCDE011 Implement community development strategies 70 $0.00
CHCCSL003 Facilitate the counselling relationship and process 120 $135.00
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management 75 $0.00
CHCDEV001 Confirm client developmental status 60 $0.00
CHCDFV006 Counsel clients affected by domestic and family violence 70 $45.00
CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities 70 $0.00
CHCMHS013 Implement trauma informed care 80 $45.00
Assessment

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the organisation's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suits your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
Create your USI
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Fees
Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements.  Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :

  1. Tuition fees - charged as an hourly rate that varies from course to course. A large portion of the tuition is subsidised by the Victorian Government for eligible students.
  2. Resource and/or materials costs - covers the cost of materials and other incidentals. This fee will vary according to the course being undertaken.
  3. Booklist items - such as textbooks, equipment and stationery recommended for your course

Tuition fees

There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances). 

  1. Government Subsidised Fee - you could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate under the Skills First funding depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
    Check your eligibility

  2. Government Subsidised Concession Fee - If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. You may be eligible for the concession rate.
    Find out more about concession rates

  3. Free TAFE - Students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.

  4. Full fee - If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT FEES AND ELIGIBILITY

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $10,525.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $10,525.00
This is a Free TAFE course

Students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). The consumable fees for this course are listed in the above table.
Find out more or chat with our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911, or visit a SWTAFE Campus.

Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined and discussed with you prior to enrolment.

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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $310.00
Booklist

Your course may require you to purchase additional materials or books. You can choose where to purchase these items from. You can download the booklist for this course here: HERE

How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank you email.
  2. Get ready - your thank-you email will contain links to a pre-training review, to a unique student identifier and to government-subsidised training eligibility.
  3. Chat with your teacher - your teacher or course specialist will contact you about your Pre-Training Review outcomes and additional course information.
  4. Enrol - after chatting with your teacher, you will receive an email with your enrolment form and a link to verify your identity.
  5. Sign - once you've completed your enrolment, you will receive a declaration form to review and sign.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.