Diploma in Community Services - CHC52015

12 - 24 Months
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Course Overview

The Diploma of Community Services is a qualification has been contextualized by the Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) with a specific focus on person-centered practice in the disability sector. It is developed based on the values of inclusion, and on John O’Brien’s five valued experiences – community participation, promoting choice, supporting contribution, encouraging valued social roles and community presence.  

This diploma was contextualized due to changes in contemporary disability service delivery and the demand for practitioners in the disability field to be fully trained and equipped to deliver person-centered services. 

This qualification reflects the roles of community services, case management and social housing workers involved in the managing, coordinating and/or delivering of person-centered services to individuals, groups and communities. 

At this level, workers have specialized skills in community services and work autonomously under broad directions from senior management. Workers are usually providing direct support to individuals or groups of individuals. Workers may also have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers and/or case management; program coordination or the development of new business opportunities.

Entry Requirements

There are certain prerequisites which must be satisfied before enrolment in this course:

o Applicants will be required to complete an ACSF language, literacy and numeracy (LLN)assessment

o Working With Children Check (WWCC)

o NDIS Worker Check

Fees & Delivery

Please contact ACDCS for more information on the course fee structure.

Course Delivery : Online, Blended Learning (Face to face with trainer once a week)

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal.

We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date.

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The Australian Government through training.gov.au lists this as an appropriate qualification for the following occupations:

o Community Care Manager

o Coordinator of Volunteer Work

o Team Leader, Care Team Leader

o Family Services Coordinator

o Support Facilitator (Community Services),

o Community Housing Resources Worker

o Community Development Worker for Social Housing

o Community Recreation Coordinator

o Community Worker

o Aboriginal Housing Worker

o Community Services Coordinator

Study Pathways

There are a number of study pathways that you can take after completing this course:

o Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management (CHC62015)

o Bachelor of Community Services

o Bachelor of Health Science

o Bachelor of Social Science

o Bachelor of Social Work

Units of Study

There are 8 core units included in the course:

CHCCCS007 - Develop and implement service programs
CHCCOM003 - Develop workplace communication strategies
CHCDEV002 - Analyze impacts of sociological factors in 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 and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS004 - Manage work health and safety

There are 8 elective units included in the course:

CHCMHS001 - Work with people with mental health issues
CHCADV002 - Provide advocacy and representation services
CHCDIS005 - Develop and provide person centered service responses
CHCDIS006 - Develop and promote positive person centered behavior supports
CHCDIS008 - Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS010 - Provide person centered services to people with disabilities and  complex needs
CHCPRT001 - Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCFAM003 - Support people to improve relationships

Work Placement
A minimum 100 hours of work placement is compulsory to complete the course.


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