(CHC52015) Diploma of Community Services

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Course Duration
96 weeks
Intake Dates
Study Mode
Full time, on-campus
Course Fee
$29,000 (prices include all materials fees)
English Language Requirements
IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent
Required Prior Study

Course Structure

The Diploma of Community Services package is comprised of the two year Diploma of Community Services course, with the option to progress to a Bachelor of Social Work with Honours at the University of Tasmania.

Desirable Skills and Attributes

The following skills and attributes will be useful to students studying this course;

  • Develop skills to provide direction and leadership to others
  • Competent use a computer for that may also include tables and diagrams.
  • Ability to produce and present word-processed documents/reports.
  • Ability to obtain, interpret, evaluate and present information from a variety of sources (reading or the internet or via other assistive technology)
  • Ability to gather, interpret and present simple numerical data
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with others
  • Communicate ideas
  • Organise others / group or team co-ordination
  • Manage conflict / solve problems in a constructive manner
  • Participate in the development of strategic initiatives
  • Present information verbally to a group

TasTAFE teachers will negotiate and arrange work placements and or work placement projects with Community organisations for students. (NB Work placement days and start and finish times may vary)

All Community Services Workers must meet the qualification requirements set by industry standards.

  • A National Police Check is required
  • A Working with Vulnerable People Card is required

Areas of study include:

  • Manage Work Health and Safety
  • Manage and promote diversity
  • Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • Work with people with mental health issues
  • Develop workplace communication strategies
  • Develop and provide community projects

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services may gain employment as a community services worker in a variety of community organisations. Roles may include Case Worker or Case Manager, Community Care Worker, Community Services Worker.

Course Structure

CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services comprises 16 units packaged as 8 core units and 8 electives.

All units below must be completed successfully to gain the qualification.

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


Elective Units
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and or Torres strait Islander Cultural Safety
CHCDEV001 Confirm client developmental status
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
CHCCS004 Assess co existing needs
CHCPRP003 Provide advocacy and representation services
CHCCDE007 Develop and provide community projects

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Assessment may include:

  • Written assessments
  • Written scenarios
  • Written portfolios
  • Simulated workplace activities
  • Observation assessments

What will I need to bring?

Students will need to provide the following items:

  • Folder
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • USB

 Additional Costs

Costs payable by the student: 

  • Working with Vulnerable People registration ($19).
  • Tasmanian Police check ($45)

Prices are estimates and may vary.

Entry Requirements

GETI receives a large volume of applications for this course, and therefore the application process is competitive. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements are not guaranteed a place in this course. To maximise your chances of a successful application, we advise you to make an effort to demonstrate your relevant experience, passion and suitability for the Healthcare field when applying.

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster, saving you valuable time and money.


CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services


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Pathway to University

Students who complete the Diploma of Community Services at TasTAFE can enter the Bachelor of Social Work with Honours at the University of Tasmania with one year of credit. Students can therefore complete Diploma, Bachelor and Honours qualifications with 5 years of study (2 + 3).


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