CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

The Diploma of Community Services provides students with a pathway to various roles in the Community Services sector.  This qualification provides graduates with opportunities to work across diverse roles, including; working with people experiencing drug and alcohol related issues, mental health or disability.

By studying this course you will gain the knowledge and develop the ability to work with a diverse range of clients.  You will learn to coordinate complex case requirements, implement community development strategies while managing legal and ethical compliance.

Through the integration of learning with practical placements and workplace case studies, students will be prepared to work in a variety of roles with confidence and competence.

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Code Title
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
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
CHCCDE011 Implement community development strategies
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCCSM004 Coordinate complex case requirements
CHCCDE012 Work within organisation and government structures to enable community development outcomes
CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities
CHCDEV001 Confirm client developmental status
BSBWOR502 Lead and manage team effectiveness
CHCADV002 Provide advocacy and representation services

All courses are subject to change and availability.

Assessment Methods
Uses a staggered assessment schedule with a range of methodologies such as:

  • Integrated (holistic) assessment applied through placement
  • Workplace case studies
  • Logbooks, reflective journals
  • Presentations

Price: $10,000
VET Student Loan: $10,000 (+20% Government Loan Fee)

Unit of Study Code Unit of Study Name Length (EFTSL) Tuition Fee
DCSS1 Semester 1 0.25 $2,500.00
DCSS2 Semester 2 0.25 $2,500.00
DCSS3 Semester 3 0.25 $2,500.00
DCSS4 Semester 4 0.25 $2,500.00
      Total: $10,000
DCSSPT Part-Time Semester 0.125 $1,250.00

CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services (Course start dates between Jan – Aug 2016)

CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services (Course start dates between Nov – Dec 2016)

CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services (Course start dates between Feb – Jun 2017)

For Unit of Study Census Dates, please click here.

Delivery: This course is delivered online, using iLearn, our 24/7 learner management system. Using iLearn, students can engage with learning at their own speed and in their own time.

This program is also delivered face to face on the Gold Coast through our industry partner Massage Schools Queensland. 2018 Face To Face Intake Dates:

  • 30th January
  • 22nd May
  • 11th September

Duration: 12 Months
Intakes: Every Monday
Entry Requirements: Year 12 certificate or a competent result in an entry level reading and numeracy test.
Vocational Placement: This course also requires 100 hours of vocational placement (unpaid) in a live working environment. Students are expected to find their own placement however Sarina Russo Institute will assist you if you have difficulties finding a suitable venue.

University Credits Awarded
Southern Cross University

8 subject credits towards:

  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Social Welfare
Griffith University  60 credit points (6 subjects) awarded against a Bachelor of Human Services (total of 240 credit points)
Torrens University

 80 credit points (1 year) towards:

  • Bachelor of Human Services (Aging) (Disability)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Counselling) & (Community Services)

  • Case worker or manager
  • Client service assessor
  • Community services worker
  • Family support worker
  • Group coordinator
  • Pastoral care counsellor
  • Program coordinator
  • Senior youth officer
  • Welfare worker

Employment Assistance
As a Sarina Russo Institute student, you are entitled to our FREE employment assistance, which provides mentoring, employment workshops and job placement service.

Student Support Services

  • Dedicated Trainers to help with training and assessment
  • Access to iLearn – our 24/7 learning management system
  • 24/7 access to online learning and assessment materials that comprise of recorded lectures, interactive digital resources eBooks, PowerPoint’s and video links.
  • Opportunities to collaborate online with Trainers, industry experts and peers
  • Free state of the art Language Literacy and Numeracy tools
  • Mentoring and job placement assistance

Sarah Drager

In fact, what I loved about the course is that everything we did was applied to real life work situations....
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