International Course Info

Certificate IV in Community Services

  • National Code: CHC42015
  • CRICOS Code: 090193G

This qualification reflects the role of community service workers who design and deliver person-centred services to individuals and/or groups and is for people who want to work in community based organisations, residential rehabilitation and outreach services to provide a range of services, interventions and community education to clients. You will learn how to design and deliver programs that aim to enhance the well being of individuals and groups.

Workers may provide support, advocacy or interventions to individual clients, groups or communities across a range of services. At this level, workers may be autonomous with limited responsibility within established parameters and may be required to supervise and lead other workers in projects or teams.

Please be aware that the unit of competency HLTAID003 Provide First Aid, are advised that to successfully complete the unit they must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Work Placement Requirements

Students will be required to participate in 168 hours of work placement. Students will be provided the opportunity to practice their skills and embed their knowledge in simulated settings which resemble a variety of Community Services facilities. These facilities include; Counselling rooms, drop in centres that hold day programs and living skills programs, refuges and residential services for children and young people, family meeting and family group conference centres and respite care centres.

Subject area: Community Services

Course code:
Course fee:
1 Year


  • Academic IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL (iBT) 46
  • If English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least four years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries, including at least two years between years 7 and 12. (Recognised countries are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, USA)
  • OR Completion of three years of secondary, vocational or tertiary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries above
  • OR Achievement of PTE Academic: minimum overall score of 42 and a minimum score of 42 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • OR achievement of a minimum pass at "C" level in each of the four components (reading, writing, listening and speaking)of the Occupational English Test (OET)
  • OR Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English scale of 162


FOR 2020

Coffs Harbour Education Campus (CHEC) Total course fee: A$11,910 Enrol: Feb , Jul
Hamilton Total course fee: A$11,910 Enrol: Feb
Ourimbah Total course fee: A$11,910 Enrol: Feb
Port Macquarie Total course fee: A$11,910 Enrol: Feb
Ultimo Total course fee: A$11,910 Enrol: Feb
Wollongong Total course fee: A$11,910 Enrol: Feb

FOR 2021

Meadowbank Total course fee: A$11,910 Enrol: Feb , Jul
Nirimba Total course fee: A$11,910 Enrol: Feb
Ourimbah Total course fee: A$11,910 Enrol: Feb
Ultimo Total course fee: A$11,910 Enrol: Feb


To receive the Certificate IV in Community Services students must complete all core units and, if available, a range of additional units.

Note: Additional units contain compulsory and elective units which may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit.



When you finish this course you may be eligible to study Diploma of Community Services Work R11454.



Course fees and duration can vary based on the Institute you want to study at, the entry requirements for the course, and the year you will begin study.

Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


Career opportunities include case worker, community services worker, community support worker, domestic violence worker, family support worker, outreach officer, support worker, welfare support worker, welfare worker.

Further study opportunities include Diploma of Community Services, Diploma of Alcohol and other Drugs and Diploma of Mental Health. Additionally there are pathways to University programs such as Bachelor of Community services, Bachelor of Welfare, social services and social work courses.


TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.