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. Working in Community Services is diverse and includes identifying support needed, and assisting to resolve personal issues by assigning resources that meet clients' needs.
Gain these skills:
- develop and manage community programs
- promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
- respond to critical situations
- manage service delivery
- develop policy and research
- coordinate volunteers
- develop and maintain professional networks
- work with cultural diversity
- ethical behaviour
- legal responsibilities
The actual units studied and the associated fees may vary depending on the campus you apply for.
Formalise your skills as a Community Services worker
If you’re working in the community services industry, our Bentley workshop-style course will allow you to gain this qualification after hours at Bentley campus.
Want to find out more about this industry?
Students in community services benefit from sharing information about organisations, initiatives and leading expertise in our Community Services Facebook page.
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
Attendance in class
You will need to attend class for 2 semesters when studied full-time, the days and times differ between campuses.
As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 20 minutes of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.
What you need for your first day of class
On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID and stationery (pen and exercise book).
Clothing suitable for an office work place must be worn.
This qualification requires the completion of a work placement of approximately 120 hours.
If you live in the local area of Perth you will be assisted to find a placement if you are unable to find one.
Students completing the online study option will complete two units at a time, with progress monitored by their lecturer. This can be done at a pace suitable to you but for each group of units you have 4 months to complete, so we recommend you use our schedule provided to you at enrolment to assist you in avoiding having to re-enrol in the unit.
Students must be able to demonstrate practical skills to achieve this qualification when studying fully online. Lecturers may arrange sessions for students that wish to access face to face support.
This qualification requires the completion of a work placement of approximately 120 hours, to be arranged by yourself.
The nature of online study can involve a significant investment of time and the ability to be a focused, self-motivated learner. You should consider your personal circumstances and past study history before committing to study online. Find out more in our online study info pack below.
Diploma of Community Services for existing workers is part time over 3 semesters, 1 night a week at the Bentley campus. It is designed for people who are currently working in the Community Services industry who wish to upskill or formalise their qualifications.
It is expected that students will utilise case studies from their own workplaces and will study additional hours to enhance the workshop learning.
Applicants will need to provide a CV and current job description to determine suitability.
All students enrolled in Community Services, Youth Work and Mental Health are encouraged to obtain First Aid training (HLTAID003 is preferred). It is your responsibility to organise and pay for the training.
You may be required to obtain a Working With Children Check and National Police Clearance prior to a supervised work placement. This will depend on the organisation you arrange your work placement with.
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
The information about university credit points and tuition costs provides a general guide only. SM TAFE recommends students discuss credit points with the university or college of their choice at the time of graduation.
This course has a study pathway to Murdoch University(opens in a new tab) as of January 2021.
- Bachelor of Arts (B1356) in Community Development, or Sustainable Development, or International Aid and Development - 24 credit points
Study options and next steps
Click on your preferred study mode below to get started with your application.