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CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

National ID: CHC52015 | State ID: AWM0

Do you want to make a real difference?

When you complete the Diploma of Community Services you'll be on your way to a team leading career as a program coordinator, early intervention worker, or case manager.

You will gain the knowledge and skills to communicate and work effectively in the community services sector, developing and managing community programs, promoting social, emotional and physical wellbeing, responding to critical situations, managing service delivery, developing policy and research, coordinating volunteers, developing and maintaining professional networks, working with cultural diversity, ethical behaviour and legal responsibilities.

The actual units studied and the associated fees may vary depending on the campus you apply for. This course has special requirements for entry to part time study at Rockingham Campus. Follow the how to apply link to express your interest.

 

New in 2020 – formalise your skills as a Community Services worker!

If you’re working in the community services industry, our new Bentley workshop-style course will allow you to gain this qualification after hours at Bentley campus. Use our Expression of Interest form get started.

"Thank you to TAFE and all the staff for helping me choose and develop my career pathway."

“I would highly recommend the courses as they not only gave me a great deal of knowledge, but also an experience which has resulted in my personal growth."

Entrance Requirements

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Work placement

Job opportunities

Study pathway

Entrance Requirements
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

   

This course is available as a traineeship.

Entrance requirements for traineeships

You must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study an apprenticeship or traineeship. 

In a traineeship you also gain hands-on skills and work experience, and improve your employment prospects, while earning a wage. On successful completion you will gain a nationally recognised qualification which can lead to rewarding career options. The difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship is that a traineeship can be either a full time or part time employment based training arrangement, usually for a nominal duration of 12 months or more, generally in a non-trade related area. 

To find out how to arrange a traineeship and study at South Metropolitan TAFE, please contact the Jobs and Skills Centre closest to you.

Course requirements

Work placement is mandatory for completion of this course. SM TAFE will arrange a suitable work placement within industry for you which will involve your attendance at a workplace.

Work placement

Work placement is a requirement for this course

This course has a mandatory work placement component that all students must complete. South Metropolitan TAFE will assist students in finding a suitable work placement by working with our industry partners. Please be aware that industries and employers have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which has meant that some work placements have been cancelled, put on hold or student places significantly reduced. While every effort is being made to work with our industry partners to secure work placements during this unprecedented time, there may be delays in students being placed. As a result of these delays some students may take longer than the expected time to complete their course. Lecturing staff will keep all students up to date, and will inform students if this may affect them and cause a delay in finishing their course.

Job opportunities

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek expressions of interest from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. In addition, this course involves work placement, giving you further opportunity to develop relationships with potential employers. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that employment is not guaranteed by us.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

Study pathway

Become a specialist in your field with university study

This course has a university study pathway as at 10 October 2019.

ECU - Bachelor of Social Science – Up to 90 Credits

ECU Bachelor of Social Work – Up to 60 Credits

The information about university credit points and tuition costs provides a general guide only. To check the current credit arrangements and to find more information about how credits work at the listed university of your choice, visit TAFE International WA’s University Pathway Finder.

Delivery location, important dates and study options

This course will be offered with a blended, flexible delivery model to enable social distancing measures to be undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic. This approach may include a mix of online and classroom based delivery, as well as practical and work experience placements. Lecturers will provide specific instructions to their student groups on how training will be undertaken.

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Armadale - Part Time-Self Paced

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Duration 12 months
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This course is available to start anytime for online study. 

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Armadale - Full Time-Classroom

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Duration 12 months
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This course uses TAFE Admissions. Applications are now open for Semester 2. 
Bentley - Full Time-Classroom

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Duration 12 months
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Mandurah - Full Time-Classroom

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Murdoch - Full Time-Classroom

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Armadale - Full Time-Classroom

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Duration 1 year
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This course uses TAFE Admissions. Applications are now open for Semester 2. 
Bentley - Full Time-Classroom

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Duration 1 year
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This course uses TAFE Admissions. Applications are now open for Semester 2. 
Bentley - Part Time-Classroom-Existing Workers

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Duration 2 semesters
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Ready to apply for this course? Check out the apply and enrol page for more information.
Mandurah - Full Time-Classroom

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Duration 1 year
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This course uses TAFE Admissions. Applications are now open for Semester 2. 
Murdoch - Full Time-Classroom

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Duration 1 year
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This course uses TAFE Admissions. Applications are now open for Semester 2. 

Course enquiry

Please note: Using this form will assist you in requesting further information about a course, and in the case of short courses and skill sets, begin your application to study with us. If you would like to apply for a full or part time course or require further application information, please see the instructions against your preferred delivery location and study mode in the section immediately above this form. 

For short courses and skill sets, your enquiry using this form can be the start of your application, or you can ask for more information if you don't feel ready.
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