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Offering Info

Certificate III in Community Services

  • National Course Code: CHC32015
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC32015-01V02-20PMQ-001

Location – Port Macquarie

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

32.4 Hours per week

Duration

25 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate III in Community Services prepares you to start your career as a community services worker. You will build a strong foundation of skills and learn about the industry, while exploring different sectors to find the right community services career for you.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Through theory and practical course work you will learn to:

  • Provide individualised support
  • Work with a diverse range of people
  • Respond to client needs
  • Form caring and supportive relationships with people accessing services
  • Manage conflict and respond to concerning behaviours

DEVELOP YOUR TALENTS

Develop the personal attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Communicating with clients
  • Collaboration skills to be a team player

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Success in this course equips you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate III level
  • A strong pathway to enter the Diploma course

Career opportunities:

  • Community services support worker
  • Community services worker

GROW YOUR CAREER

You can choose to enrol in either a Certificate IV or a Diploma after graduating from this course:

  • Certificate IV in Community Services
  • Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • Certificate IV in Disability
  • Diploma of Community Services
  • Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Diploma of Mental Health

INDUSTRY DEMAND

The community services and health industries are the largest and fastest growing in Australia. Job prospects in major cities and rural and regional areas are excellent. The industry is projected to grow at an average rate of 8.4% per year to 2024 making now a great time to gain your qualification and join the ranks in community services.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Community Services as either a traineeship or non-traineeship, so you can create the career you want.

Non-traineeship

There are no entry requirements for non-trainees.

Traineeship

To be eligible to undertake this course as a traineeship you must:

  • Be employed in?the community services industry, as evidenced by a letter of offer from your employer, as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed?traineeship contract

COURSE SUCCESS REQUIREMENTS

During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements that are necessary for you to complete your course work and be successful.

You will need to meet the following success requirements to be able to undertake work experience within industry.

Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of your valid and current:

  • Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • Criminal History Check

WORK EXPERIENCE

Work experience provides you with exposure to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment and strengthens your training at TAFE NSW.

There is no mandatory work placement for this qualification. However, this is a practical qualification. We strongly recommend you undertake 60 hours of work experience throughout the course, with a suitable industry employer to strengthen your classroom learning.

You will be required to secure your own work experience however, your TAFE NSW teacher can provide information on an appropriate industry workplace and support you in your efforts.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • Have good interpersonal skills and relate easily with people
  • Enjoy working with people

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a full time,blended course. You will need to attend approximately 16.6 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 25 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 15.8 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 12.9 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study and assessment information.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Would like to work in community services and experience what it means to support people to make positive changes in their lives. If you are driven to help others, while also being passionate about your own career progression and future job propects, TAFE NSW has a range of community services courses that will help you reach your goals. Are you: patient? Do you have good communication skills? Are you energetic and passionate about your community? Are you able to work independently? Are you professional and ethical? Then community services could be for you!

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • A one hour tutorial support each week where teachers are able to help with content and assessment.
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student support and services
  • Accessibility and Disability services
  • Personal counselling
  • Vocational counselling
  • Learning support
  • International student support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural support

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday and Tuesday from 9.00am to 3.00pm and Wednesday from 9.00am to 4.15pm ( including a 1 hour tutorial support session). This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

SMART AND SKILLED FEES

This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?

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RECOGNITION

Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enquire now for Semester 2 2020 and be notified when enrolments open.

TAFE NSW is open for business so to find out more information on this course including when it will start and how it will be delivered (face-to-face, in a virtual classroom, self-paced, online or a mixture), submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page. You can also call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

* Our customer service team are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm AEST.

Core Units
Number Title
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
CHCCCS016 Respond to client needs
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
Elective Units
Number Title
CHCCCS009 Facilitate responsible behaviour
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Port Macquarie
70 Widderson Street, Port Macquarie
Phone 131 601

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