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Certificate IV in Community Services

  • National Course Code: CHC42015
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC42015-01V03-20OTE-031

Location – TAFE Digital (Traineeship)

Study Type

Online

Course Start Date

01 Jul 2020

Study Commitment

12 Hours per week

Duration

2 Years

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

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate IV in Community Services will help you build a career as a community services worker in the fastest growing industry in Australia. Learn skills that can be applied broadly across the community services sector, in areas like alcohol and other drugs, child protection, juvenile justice, mental health and more, and help your clients achieve their goals.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Through work placement and theory, you will learn how to:

  • Build caring and supportive relationships with people accessing services, their carers and family members
  • Engage in interventions
  • Plan and conduct group activities
  • Gain experience working within a community development strategic framework

DEVELOP YOUR TALENT

Develop the professional and interpersonal skills needed in this sector:

  • Resolve conflict and diffuse difficult situations
  • Explore the issues and interests of different communities

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Success in this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification that enables you to work across the community services sector
  • The foundation to continue onto higher training or a university degree

Careers you will be able to pursue include:

  • Community services worker
  • Health education officer
  • Domestic violence officer
  • Family support worker

GROW YOUR CAREER

Take your study further for more senior job opportunities:

  • Diploma of Community Services
  • Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Diploma of Mental Health

If you are considering a university degree, you might like to consider:

  • Bachelor of Community Services through TAFE NSW
  • Bachelor of Welfare
  • Bachelor of Social Work

INDUSTRY DEMAND

The Community Services and Health Industries are the largest and fastest growing in Australia. Job prospects in the major cities are excellent and the same is true in rural and regional areas where there is high demand for community workers.

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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for this course, you must provide evidence of a valid:

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

Traineeship

TAFE NSW also offers the?Certificate IV in Community Services as a traineeship. To undertake this course as a trainee you must meet the entry requirements above and provide evidence of the following:

  • You are employed in?the community services industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • You have a signed?traineeship contract

WORK PLACEMENT

Work placement provides you with opportunities to practise responding to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment.

You will attend a one-day workplace orientation, and complete one of the following levels of mandatory work placement hours:

  • 120 hours (15 days) of work placement - if you are already working in the industry
  • 150 hours (20 days) of work placement - if you are new to the industry

Depending on your mode of study, TAFE NSW will either arrange your work placement for you or support you to find one.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

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

  • Be adequately fit and mobile to deliver First Aid - like performing CPR while kneeling on the floor
  • Enjoy working with people and independently
  • Have patience and can relate easily to people
  • Have organisation and time management skills

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

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you:

  • have an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.
    The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • a computer or regular access to a computer
  • reliable Internet and email access
  • access to an appropriate workplace
  • a valid Working with Children Check for work within NSW (or equivalent)

Work Placement is a requirement of this course. You will need to complete:

  • there are no minimum workplace hours required for this course, however to achieve competency you are required to complete a range of assessment tasks in the workplace throughout the qualification.
  • you can either be working or volunteering in a community service, or you will need to find a suitable organisation to complete your work placement hours
  • as TAFE Digital is a distance education provider, and there are no opportunities for simulated workplace situations, it is anticipated that work placement could take approximately 160 hours.

Work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of this course. Due to the impacts of COVID 19 and the disruption to service provision in the Early Childhood, Aged Care, Health and Community Services Sectors, there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe.

TRAINEES ONLY

Before you can start a traineeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.
The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more: https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/apprenticeships_traineeships/index.html

INFORMATION SESSIONS

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is an online course. You will need to complete approximately 9 hours of online study, each week, for your enrolment duration of 2 years.
You can increase the hours of online study per week to complete the course sooner.

You can also expect to complete approximately 3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including independent study, research, practice and assessment preparation.


IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are learners registered as an apprentice or trainee with an ANP (Apprenticeship Network Provider).

Ideally you will have:

  • good levels of literacy and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. These skills could have been gained from work, study or life experience.
  • good digital skills including the ability to navigate competently online using websites and email.
  • skills in Microsoft Word (or equivalent) and an understanding of how to download and upload documents, and open and save files on a computer.
  • good organisational and time management skills to take responsibility for following your Training Plan and managing your study schedule.

SERVICES AND STUDY 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)
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • 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

An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.

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?

This training is subsidised by the NSW government under Smart and Skilled. The student fee you will need to pay, will be determined according to your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, you may also be eligible for a concession fee, fee exemption or fee free scholarship.

For further information on fees and charges please see https://www.tafensw.edu.au/get-started-at-tafe-nsw/fees-information

Please ensure you also read and understand the associated fee policies and conditions related to withdrawal from a course, applying for a refund of fees, applying for a deferral to your studies.

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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

Before you can start a traineeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.
The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more: https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/apprenticeships_traineeships/index.html

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Find out more about Applying and Enrolling

Core Units
Number Title
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
Elective Units
Number Title
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCCDE003 Work within a community development framework
CHCCOM001 Provide first point of contact
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment

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

TAFE DIGITAL
Phone 131 601

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