Estimated completion time: 1 year/s
The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.
Refer to the relevant course information flyer for further information.
This qualification reflects the role of entry level community services workers who support individuals through the provision of person-centred services. Work may include day-to-day support of individuals in community settings or support the implementation of specific community-based programs.
At this level, work takes place under the direction of others and supervision may be direct or indirect. Work may take place in a range of community services organisations.
Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Community Service include:
- Residential Support Worker
- Aboriginal Intake and Referral Worker
- Community care worker
- Client Contact
- Aboriginal Community Development Worker
- Weekend Recreational Activities Officer
- Welfare Support Worker
- Support Worker (Community Services)
- Recreational Activities Officer
- Neighbourhood Centre Worker
- Youth Worker
- Juvenile Justice Officer
- Youth Housing Support Worker
- Assistant Community Worker
- Youth case worker
- Youth Support Worker
- Aboriginal Youth Worker
- Accommodation Support Worker
Credit transfers & pathways
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.
This can include skills from:
- Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
- Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
- Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).
RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.
Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.
For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact VET RPL Enquiries on 1800 238 838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.
Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.
In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.
Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.
Course information flyer(s)
CDU Entry Requirements - 2019
There are no minimum admission requirements however applicants who wish to commence this course need to have the required skills and knowledge to undertake the qualification at this level e.g. completion of Year 10 or equivalent and a general command of spoken and written English to be able to meet industry standards for communication.
Based on course nominal hours of 550 hours, approximate 2019 course fees will be:
VET Tuition Fees: $1,760.00
Domestic Full Fees: $9,350.00
The following Fees are applicable to this course:
This course is a full fee paying course. VET full fees will apply to all new and continuing domestic students enrolling in this course.
2019: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses is available 2019 VET Fees.pdf.
This course is subsidised by the NT Government.
2019: Information about 2019 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents is available 2019 VET Fees.pdf. VET Tuition Fees for 2019 will be charged at $3.20 per nominal hour for subsidised training.
This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the CHC Community Services Training Package.
Away from base
AFB: This is an approved Away From Base (AFB) 'mixed-mode' course.For further information about AFB see www.cdu.edu.au/afb
Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification: training.gov.au
Location and study mode
Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.
Locations: Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek
Study Mode: Internal, Mixed mode
Some components of this qualification may be available in other modes of delivery and not all modes are available at all locations.
Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.
Community Services and Allied Health
To achieve a Certificate III in Community Services a total of twelve (12) units of competency must be completed comprising five (5) core and seven (7) elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.
The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 550.
|Code||Module/Unit of Competency||
|CORE UNITS OF COMPETENCY|
|CHCCCS016||Respond to client needs||60|
|CHCCOM005||Communicate and work in health or community services||30|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people||40|
|HLTWHS002||Follow safe work practices for direct client care||25|
|HLTWHS006||Manage personal stressors in the work environment||25|
|Total nominal hours for core units||180|
|ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY (Select 7)|
|BSBINM301||Organise workplace information||30|
|CHCAGE001||Facititate the empowerment of older people||50|
|CHCADV001||Facilitate the interests and rights of clients||100|
|CHCCCS019||Recognise and respond to crisis situations||45|
|CHCDIV002||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety||25|
|CHCPRP001||Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships||80|
|CHCPRT001||Identify and respond to children and young people at risk||40|
|Total nominal hours for elective units||370|
|Total nominal hours for the qualification||550|