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Education and Community Services

Having a passion for working with those in need and making positive changes to their lives means a career in Education and Community Services could be your ideal vocation.

Our Education and Community Services qualifications provide you with a range of skills across many different areas including; early childhood education, education support, aged care, disability support, youth work, mental health support and community services

As demand grows in our community for people in support roles there has never been a better time to launch your career in Education and Community Services.

Plan your study pathway in Education and Community Services.

* Please note that eligibility requirements apply to some of the free training.
National ID: CHC43015
State ID: AWM9
Industry Education and Community Services
Free in 2023

Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Start a rewarding career in aged care with the Certificate IV in Ageing Support. Learn how to assess the needs and plan and conduct recreational programs for seniors.

Delivered at:


Take the next step in your aged care career

Study a qualification that open doors to a range of job opportunities in the aged care industry, whilst giving back to the community.

This qualification builds on the skills and knowledge you would have gained in Certificate III in Individual Support or Certificate III in Aged Care. The units of study are more demanding and provide a deeper understanding of the issues concerning aged clients and service provision for this target group. Graduates will be able to enter the workforce as direct service providers in an agency that provides services to seniors.

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.

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Certificate IV
National ID: CHC32015
State ID: AWJ2
Industry Education and Community Services
Half price^
Online

Certificate III in Community Services

Become a youth worker, support worker, or family carer.


When you complete the Certificate III in Community Services you'll be on your way to a career as a youth worker, support worker, or family carer.

You will also gain an understanding of mental health, alcohol, drug, and domestic violence services.

The course availability at Bentley campus has been revamped and now offers students with greater flexibility.

It now offers:

  • No classes held during school holidays
  • Community project delivered within class hours
  • Elective units offered are relevant to current industry and community practices

This entry-level course is ideal for students seeking employment in the community services (aged care and disability) sectors. The course also offers an ideal pathway into higher-level community services qualifications.

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Students in community services benefit from sharing information about organisations, initiatives and leading expertise in our Community Services Facebook page.

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Certificate III
National ID: CHC42015
State ID: AWL8
Industry Education and Community Services
Free in 2023
Online

Certificate IV in Community Services

Become an outreach officer, welfare support worker, or case worker.


A career in Community Services can change and impact lives by helping people that need it most. This course will give you job ready skills to be qualified for a role supporting the community as an outreach officer, welfare support worker or case worker.

The Community Services industry assists individual clients, families and entire communities who are vulnerable or at risk and is about improving the quality of life of people who need support. You will be able to utilise your skills to make a difference in areas such as family and youth work, child protection, counselling, alcohol/drugs, domestic violence and mental health.

Be guided by our expert team of professional lecturers as you learn how to build relationships with clients, carers and their families, assess social emotional and physical wellbeing of others and methods of providing individualised support, information and advice to people in crisis. You’ll need to have determination and drive for helping others as well as patience, tolerance, a positive attitude, ability to take initiative and at times, deal with conflict.

Qualified welfare support workers are in-demand and can work in a range of settings including government departments, local councils, hospitals, or non-government welfare agencies.

Take the first step into your rewarding career in Community Services.

Want to find out more about this industry?

Our Community services at SM TAFE Facebook page has more information for students about organisations, initiatives and leading expertise in the industry.

Certificate IV
National ID: CHC52015
State ID: AWM0
Industry Education and Community Services
Half price^
Online
VET Student Loans (VSL)

Diploma of Community Services

Become a team leader, program coordinator, or case manager in the community services industry.


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. 

The actual units studied and the associated fees may vary depending on the campus you apply for. 

Formalise your skills as an existing worker in community services

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. Look for the part time study option below to apply.

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Students in community services benefit from sharing information about organisations, initiatives and leading expertise in our Community Services Facebook page.

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Diploma
National ID: CHC43115
State ID: AWJ3
Industry Education and Community Services
Half price^

Certificate IV in Disability

This course provides participants with the skills to support people with disability to achieve greater levels of independence.

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Study a qualification that open doors to a range of job opportunities in the direct care industry, whilst giving back to the community. This formal qualification provides the skills and knowledge to empower people with disability to achieve greater levels of independence.

This qualification builds on the skills and knowledge you would have gained in Certificate III in Individual Support or Certificate III in Disability.

Want to find out more about this industry?

Students in community services benefit from sharing information about organisations, initiatives and leading expertise on our Community Services Facebook page.

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Certificate IV
National ID: CHC30121
State ID: BGY3
Industry Education and Community Services
Free in 2023

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Study our Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course if you have a passion for the care and education of young children up to the age of 5 years.


Early Childhood Education and Care is an expanding sector for those with a passion for the care and education of young children up to the age of 5 years. The sector is demanding higher qualifications and training from educators to ensure consistently high standards of education and care for children placed in these services. This can be achieved by completing the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

90% of surveyed students were highly satisfied with this course.

Certificate III
National ID: CHC50121
State ID: BGY6
Industry Education and Community Services
Free in 2023
VET Student Loans (VSL)

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

An expanding sector for those with a passion for the care and education of children up to the age of five.


The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care covers educators in children's services (early childhood) who are responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in early childhood services, in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements. At this level educators have responsibility for supervision of other staff and volunteers. In most states it is the highest qualification required at director or service manager level for children's service centre based care and education.

 

Diploma
National ID: CHC51115
State ID: AYZ5
Industry Education and Community Services
Half price^
VET Student Loans (VSL)

Diploma of Financial Counselling

Become a financial counsellor with skills in providing financial advice, working through legal issues and supporting those in hardship.

Become a qualified financial counsellor

Make a difference to the lives of those suffering financial hardship with a range of specialist legal, financial and counselling skills.  

Financial counsellors help people to manage their finances and understand credit and debt issues as well as their rights and obligations. To be able to operate in Australia as a financial counsellor, you must have this qualification.

SM TAFE is the only registered training organisation in WA to deliver this course face-to-face, allowing more people to utilise this important service while the WA economy recovers.  It also provides a solid understanding of social and systemic issues that impact on financial counselling clients.

Many charitable organisations seek to employ people who can provide these specialist financial support services and those already working in the community services sector will also benefit from being able to provide financial counselling to help people regain control of their lives.

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.

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Diploma
National ID: CHC33015
State ID: AA66
Industry Education and Community Services
Free in 2023
Online

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

Launch a lifelong career helping those who have lived a long life.

Delivered at:


Do you want to build a meaningful career caring for our aged members of the community, assisting to enrich quality of life and making a real positive impact in your role on a daily basis?

This course is an entry-level qualification that will make you job ready to become an aged care assistant or care support worker, equipping you with a skillset to provide a high-standard of support to older people and those living with dementia by providing personalised assistance in aged care, residential and community care settings.

Join the community services industry and open yourself up to strong job opportunities in the ever-expanding aged care workforce, where qualified care assistants are highly in demand.

Study in specialised facilities

SM TAFE campuses have training facilities which simulate real-life workplace settings and students can gain hands-on practice developing skills to be workforce ready, using industry specific equipment and following safe work practices. Our Rockingham campus has a state-of-the art purpose-built learning facility for disability home care and aged care, with dedicated areas that emulate rooms in a modified residence or aged care facility.
 

Certificate III
National ID: CHC33015
State ID: AB71
Industry Education and Community Services
Free in 2023

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)

Launch your career in caring in the home and the community.


Support people that need it the most in a career as an aged care assistant. This course specialises in providing in demand home and community support services and also supports relationships with, a wide range of people, including carers and families.   

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.

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Certificate III
National ID: CHC33015
State ID: AA67
Industry Education and Community Services
Free in 2023

Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

Complete this course and be on your way to a career in disability support.


Do you have a passion for helping people and want to build a career around the commitment of supporting people with disability? This course will give you job ready skills to become a professional disability care worker.

This is your chance to make a real difference in your role, supporting and empowering people with disability to reach their full potential and become more independent, whilst improving overall quality of life of your clients through your working relationship and supporting their participation in the community.

Study in specialised facilities

SM TAFE campuses have training facilities which simulate real-life workplace settings and students can gain hands-on practice developing skills to be workforce ready, using industry specific equipment and following safe work practices. Our Rockingham campus has a state-of-the art purpose-built learning facility for disability home care and aged care, with dedicated areas that emulate rooms in a modified residence or aged care facility.

 

Certificate III
National ID: HLTSS00064
State ID: AE112
Industry Education and Community Services
Free*
Infection control
Skill sets

Infection control Skill Set

Learn to manage infection control in your direct care workplace.

Delivered at:


Learn to control COVID-19 related infection for direct care workers

In these unprecedented times, new regulations need aged care and disability workers to manage infection control.

Skills can be applied to specific health and care industry needs such as direct client care, community care, community services, in-home care, disability care, and all work environments where you provide support and care to individuals or groups of people.

Gain these skills

  • introduction to infection control
  • chain of infection and disease transmission
  • breaking the chain of infection
  • contamination and cleaning
  • hazards, risks, responsibilities and reporting

Maintain your ability to work safely and within government requirements; or, prepare your business for compliance by including your staff in training, raising their capability in ensuring the safety of staff and customers in your workplace.

Skill set
State ID: AE439
Industry Education and Community Services
Free in 2023
Online
Skill sets

Integrating Mental Health Practice Skill Set

Prepare for a career in mental health support with this skill set

Delivered at:


Gain the skills to prepare for a career helping others in need. You will learn to work effectively and appropriately with a diverse range of individuals and groups suffering mental health, drug and alcohol issues.

Skill set
National ID: CHC43315
State ID: AWK8
Industry Education and Community Services
Free in 2023
Online

Certificate IV in Mental Health

Become a mental health support worker, or case worker. You will gain the knowledge and skills to communicate and work effectively in the mental health sector.

Delivered at:


Are you ready for a career giving support to people with a mental illness?

When you complete the Certificate IV in Mental Health you'll be on your way to a career as a mental health support worker, community support worker, or case worker.

This course has a minimum age requirement of 25 years old to be eligible to enter the course, as we are unlikely to be able to secure work placements for anyone under 25 years old.

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.

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Certificate IV
National ID: CHC30221
State ID: BGY5
Industry Education and Community Services
Half price^

Certificate III in School Based Education Support

Plan education programs and assist students in their learning and development.


This course will provide you with the skills to prepare you for roles such as a teachers aide or education assistant working in a school.

Certificate III
National ID: CHC40221
State ID: BGY4
Industry Education and Community Services
Free in 2023

Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

Become an education assistant and provide care, instruction and supervision in kindergarten, primary and secondary school.


Do you have a passion for working with children and supporting their individual needs?

Want a career that fits in with your family life? Training to be an Education Assistant is the course for you.

The Certificate IV in School Based Education Support will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to assist the teaching staff in schools and provide care, instruction and supervision in kindergarten, pre-primary, primary and secondary school.

Certificate IV
National ID: TAE40116
State ID: BAB2
Industry Business and Finance
Industry Education and Community Services
Half price^

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Passionate about sharing knowledge and training others? Complete a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and kick-start your career as a trainer, assessor or lecturer.


Are you passionate about sharing knowledge and training others?

When you complete the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment you will be ready to start a rewarding career as a vocational trainer, assessor, or lecturer, either in the private or public sector.

The Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is an essential requirement for anyone wishing to deliver vocational education and training for a registered training organisation in Australia.

Certificate IV
National ID: CHC40413
State ID: J592
Industry Education and Community Services
Free in 2023
Online

Certificate IV in Youth Work

Start a rewarding career helping young people with the Certificate IV in Youth Work. Learn how to promote the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of youth.

Do you have the drive to make a difference in the lives of young people and a passion for helping others? This course will give you job ready skills to become a youth worker and play a key role in developing and supporting children and teens in our community, leading to better and brighter futures.

Be guided by our team of expert lecturers who are professionals in the field with extensive industry experience. Learn how to connect with a young person in need and gain insight into the problems they are facing by facilitating programs that assess behavioural, developmental, welfare and protection issues. Build the skills to work with youth at risk and help with potential solutions by offering emotional support or practical support such as arranging food and shelter. You’ll also grow your communication skills to liaise with teachers, social workers and parents and refer clients to specialists that can help further with specific issues. 

Youth Work can be a rewarding career where you will need patience, sensitivity and a resilient and strong character, due to the nature of the work. Your role will focus on keeping young people safe and assisting them to develop social and emotional skills to encourage positive change. 

Youth workers are in high demand and can be employed by community, government and welfare agencies in settings where children may need help such as hospitals, schools, corrective institutions, youth refuges, community centres, or drug and alcohol centres. 

Complete this course and take the first step to becoming a youth worker, youth support worker or case worker. You can make a lasting impact by helping our young people in need.

Study in specialised facilities 

SM TAFE campuses have training settings which represent real-life workplace situations and environments, allowing students to develop practical skills for workforce readiness. This course requires you to undertake a work placement of approximately 120 hours where you’ll be able to apply the skills and knowledge you have learned.

Certificate IV
National ID: CHC50413
State ID: J597
Industry Education and Community Services
Half price^
Online
VET Student Loans (VSL)

Diploma of Youth Work

Reach for team leader roles in youth work with the Diploma of Youth Work. Develop and lead youth programs promoting social, emotional and physical wellbeing.

Delivered at:


Do you want to build a career focusing on the welfare and wellbeing of our young people? This course gives you the job ready skills to become a youth worker and will help you work towards reaching supervisory, team leader and management level positions.

Adolescence can be a challenging and transitional time for young people and many may experience mental health and behavioural issues or disorders they need support with, whilst working out their identity on the journey into adulthood. Youth at risk or in crisis can need practical support such as food, shelter, safety, along with counselling to help them get on to a more positive path in their lives.

You’ll learn from our expert team of lecturers on how to be a role model and mentor to teenagers and children and respond to youth in crisis. You’ll gain the knowledge to assess problems that arise from behavioural, developmental, welfare and protection issues and develop and manage youth programs that address issues and provide ongoing support.

Youth workers are in high demand and can work at community, government and welfare agencies in settings such as hospitals, schools, corrective institutions, youth refuges, community centres, mental health organisations or drug and alcohol centres.

Want to find out more about this industry?

Our Community services at SM TAFE Facebook page has more information for students about organisations, initiatives and leading expertise in the industry.

 

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