Course Start Date
21 Hours per week
- Nationally Recognised Training
- Traineeship Allowed
- This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer
- VET Student Loans Available
The nationally recognised Diploma of Community Services will help you develop 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 a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:
- Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
- Develop workplace communication strategies
- Provide case management supervision
- Provide systems advocacy services
DEVELOP YOUR TALENT
Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:
- Resilience and empathy
- A non-judgemental nature
- Leadership and mentoring abilities
- Effective communication skills
ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
Completing this course provides you with:
- A nationally accredited qualification at Diploma level
- A strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your 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
Take your career further with the:
- Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Diploma of Youth Work
- Bachelor of Community Services with TAFE Degrees
Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.
This is a variable combination course. You must attend approximately 21 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 9 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.
The course will run 3 days a week for 36 weeks.
IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?
This course offering is designed for people who:
-The Diploma of Community Services is aimed at the level of a manager of a Community Services organisation, with the assumption of having the underpinning knowledge and skills needed for working with clients. To successfully complete the Diploma of Community Service, you will be required to have current experience in the community service sector, this can include face to face contact with clients, case management and intake in the areas of alcohol and other drugs, mental health, domestic and family violence, child protection, disability or aged care. Alternatively you may have successfully completed a Certificate IV in Community Services or Ageing or Disability or Youth Work or Mental Health or Alcohol and Other Drug Work. This would be considered reasonable experience as you would have the underpinning knowledge and skills to successfully complete the Diploma.
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
The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.
This course is currently scheduled on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with day classes. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.
This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.
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.
- 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.
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 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
|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|
|CHCDFV001||Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence|
|CHCMHS007||Work effectively in trauma informed care|
|CHCCSL002||Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills|
|CHCDEV001-UNGRADED||Confirm client developmental status|
|CHCDIV002||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety|
|CHCGRP002||Plan and conduct group activities|
|CHCMHS001||Work with people with mental health issues|
|CHCSOH001||Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness|
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.
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