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Diploma of Community Services

  • National Course Code: CHC52015
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC52015-01V03-20LHG-130

Location – Lithgow

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

22.2 Hours per week

Duration

18 Months

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally recognised Diploma of Community Services will help you develop your specialist skills for a rewarding community services career. Gain a solid foundation to build your leadership capability and prepare for roles in case work and management in this in-demand sector.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Through theory and practical course work, youll learn to:

  • Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
  • Provide case management supervision
  • Develop workplace communication strategies
  • Undertake case management in a child protection framework
  • Develop social housing enterprise opportunities
  • Provide systems advocacy services
  • Assess the needs of clients with alcohol and other drug issues

DEVELOP YOUR TALENT

Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:

  • Resilience and empathy
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Effective communication
  • Leadership and mentoring

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Diploma level
  • A strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Case worker/manager
  • Community services worker
  • Domestic and family violence worker
  • Youth worker
  • Family support worker
  • Family services coordinator
  • Program coordinator

GROW YOUR CAREER

Advance your career opportunities with further study:

  • Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Diploma of Youth Work
  • Bachelor of Community Services

INDUSTRY DEMAND

There is increasing demand for a broad range of welfare services in local communities. Government policies and expenditure on welfare services are adding to a positive employment outlook for welfare support and 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

TAFE NSW offers the Diploma of 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 placement within industry (see work placement information).

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

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

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

  • Enjoy working independently and with others
  • Have patience
  • Have good communication skills
  • Can easily build relationships with people
  • Have good organisational and time management skills
  • Have a desire to increase your leadership and mentoring skills

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

WORK PLACEMENT

In this course you will be required to undertake a mandated 100 hours of work placement.
Work placement provides you with opportunities to refine your practical skills and gain on-the-job experience.

You may need to comply with some (or all) of the following requirements.

  1. NSW Health

Before you start any clinical placement in a NSW Health facility, you will be required to:

  • Meet NSW Healths criminal record check requirements
  • Sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form and any other forms required by NSW Health
  • Undertake occupational assessment, screening and vaccination against infectious diseases, and provide your Health care worker/Student vaccination record card

For specific information on NSW Health requirements, and access to the required forms, visit FAQs for students

  1. Aged care work

Before you undertake any clinical placements in an aged care facility, you must complete a Federal criminal record check

  1. Community and childrens services

Anyone in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) must have a current Working with Children Check in line with the Office of Childrens Guardian phase-in schedule and processes.
Visit Office of Childrens Guardian for more information

Generally, work placements will only occur:

  • When there has been reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and they are satisfied you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties and,
  • When your teacher is satisfied you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties

Visit your rights and responsibilities for more information.

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 evidence of a current and clear National Police check and working with children check.

To successfully complete this course, you will need In addition to the 127 hours of placement, the learner should expect to spend 4 hours preparation:

  • Securing of Police Check
  • Working with Children Check
  • Researching some basic information about their Host organisation
  • 8 hours for a Work Placement Induction
  • 15 hours completing Reflections about their Work Placement experiences.

Core unit HLTWHS004 requires performance and MUST be demonstrated in the workplace.

Students will attend 127 hours of timetabled work placement over the duration of the course.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a blended full time course. You will need to complete approximately 22.2 hours of study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 7.1 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, work experience and research.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This course offering is designed for people who wish to progress further in their studies in community services and people who are currently working in industry who wish to gain further skills and knowledge for their job and/or to gain formal recognition of existing skills and knowledge.

This qualification reflects the roles of community service workers and case worker/managers involved in:

  • Managing
  • Co-ordinating and/or
    Delivering of person-centred services to:
  • Individuals
  • Groups
  • Communities

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

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

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Multicultural Support.

At the local level, learners have access to additional support such as access to the Library, participation in study hubs provided by the Career Pathways Skills Team and being linked with TAFE Counsellors as needed. Learners with specific needs and barriers to successful study may apply for additional support through the organisation?s range of services.

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

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 Tuesday and Wednesday from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. 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.

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

PAYMENT OPTIONS AND ASSISTANCE

This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Learners are responsible for gaining their National Police Check and Working with Children Check.
Learners will need access to a computer and internet and relevant stationery for study such as pens, notebook, thumb drive, etc.

Learners will need suitable attire for Work Placement.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.

READ BEFORE YOU ENROL

Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding

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

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs
CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies
CHCDEV002-UNGRADED Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
Elective Units
Number Title
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCCSM004 Coordinate complex case requirements
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCDEV001-UNGRADED Confirm client developmental status
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
CHCSOH001 Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness

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

Lithgow
Hill Street, Lithgow
Phone 131 601

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