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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.
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.
This course is available for online study.
Look out for the self-paced option below to apply. Once enrolled, you will receive information about how to login to our eCampus and instructions for getting started studying this course online.
This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 July 2020 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.
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- Completion of CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services or equivalent industry experience is preferred prior to commencing this course.
- If you do not meet the entry requirements of CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services, we recommend applying for CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services.
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(opens in a new tab) closest to you.
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 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.
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.
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.
Study options and next steps
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