(CHC52015) Diploma of Community Services

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Course Accreditation 

This course is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).  Course accreditation standards have been set by a panel of educationalists, employers and practitioners who have worked with ACWA to determine the specific training and education needs of community workers and students.  ACWA accreditation is the mark of educational quality in Australia’s community services sector. More information on the rigour of the accreditation process can be found on the ACWA website.

AQF Code
Course Duration
44 weeks
Hobart, Launceston
Intake Dates
Study Mode
Full time, on-campus
Course Fee
Additional Course Costs
English Language Requirements
IELTS 6 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent
Certificate IV in Community Services

Course Overview

This course is for people who are looking to start a career in a community services organisation. It is relevant to a wide range of services that provide support to disadvantaged individuals and groups.

During this course, you will develop skills in service delivery, including direct client work and/or health promotion, and community development projects. You will be trained to operate at an advanced skill level which may include being responsible for the supervision of other staff and volunteers. You will develop an understanding of Indigenous culture and history to more effectively work with local communities in the provision of services.

You will be required to undertake a National Police Check. 

You are also encouraged to purchase:

  • appropriate clothing to wear on work placement, including non-slip shoes and sun safe clothing
  • recommended text books and learning guides, where applicable

Career Opportunities

Completion of this course can lead to employment across the community sector.

Occupation names may include:

  • Assessor
  • Early Intervention Co-ordinator
  • Case Co-ordinator
  • Case Worker or Manager
  • Client Service Assessor
  • Program Co-ordinator or Manager
  • Co-ordinator Family Services
  • Support Facilitator
  • Welfare Worker
  • Community Worker
  • Social Welfare Worker
  • Community Services Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Group Facilitator / Co-ordinator
  • Pastoral Care Counsellor
  • Pastoral Care Manager
  • Senior Youth Officer / Chaplain


Course Structure

Course delivery includes a number of different training methods to ensure that individual learning styles, needs and preferences are being catered for. 

Delivery methods may include:

  • Face-to-face workshops
  • Practical sessions
  • Projects and simulation
  • Reading, writing and research activities
  • Workplace learning

You must be available to undertake up to 300 hours of work placement throughout this program. This will be arranged by TasTAFE in consultation with the student and organisations.

To achieve a Diploma of Community Services, 16 units must be successfully completed:

8 Core Units
CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs
CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies
CHCDEV002 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on 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 on and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety

8 Elective Units must also be completed

Assessment activities may include:

  • Question/answer tasks (written and/or oral)
  • Practical tasks and work samples
  • Simulation and/or project work
  • Written tasks and/or research assignments
  • Demonstration
  • Testimonials and/or feedback from workplace observer and supervisor and/or oral questioning


Entry Requirements

  • IELTS 6 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent.
  • Certificate IV in Community Services


Recognition of Prior Learning

At TasTAFE we believe that the things you already know how to do should be formally recognised.

Regardless of how, when or where the learning occurred, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of your skills and experience.  When you apply to attend TasTAFE you can ask for recognition of:

  • schooling
  • formal/informal learning
  • life experience
  • employment/work experience.

You may also be able to apply for credit transfer for units/modules that you have completed previously at another training organisation. 

It is also possible to apply for credit for TasTAFE subjects if you decide to study at university.



Course information displayed on this website is subject to change.

You may be required to purchase additional materials or stationery for your course.


Alvin LEE

I really enjoy the time in class to learn new knowledge and have discussions with teachers and classmates. I like the practical workplace experience the most because it can prove how much I have learnt from the course. The teachers really guide me to find the answers clearly, and help me out if I’m still confused.

Alvin Lee, Community Services