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Vocational Education & Training

CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services


Not available to international students.


Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine

Estimated completion time: 0.5 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of 6 to 12 months. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.
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* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time

CDU Reference
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Community Worker

This qualification reflects the role of community service workers who design and deliver person-centred services to individuals and/or groups. Workers may provide support, advocacy or interventions to individual clients, groups or communities across a range of services.

At this level, workers may be autonomous with limited responsibility within established parameters and may be required to supervise and lead other workers in projects or teams. Work may take place in a range of community service, case work or case management contexts.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Community Services include:

  • Aboriginal Health Education Officer
  • Community support worker
  • Domestic Violence Worker
  • Women's Health Educator
  • Case Worker (Community Services)
  • Outreach Officer
  • Aboriginal Intake and Referral Worker
  • Early Intervention Homelessness Worker
  • Peak organisation worker
  • Community Education Worker
  • Welfare Support Worker
  • Court Support Worker
  • Support Worker (Community Services)
  • Information and Referral Worker
  • Personal Adviser
  • Health Education Officer
  • Community Legal Officers
  • Welfare Rights Worker
  • Tenant Advice and Advocacy Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Phone Advice Worker

    Credit transfers and pathways

    Skills recognition

    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 Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email

    Credit Transfer

    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.


    VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline. <br />

    Students who successfully complete VET qualifications at the Certificate IV level or above and subsequently enrol in a Bachelor degree in the same field or discipline, will receive advanced standing as detailed in the table below.

    Completed Award Course Level
    to a HE Award
    Credit granted for a completed award in the same field
    Certificate IV
    3 year Bachelor award
    up to 40 credit points
    Certificate IV
    4 year Bachelor award
    up to 40 credit points
    3 year Bachelor award
    up to 80 credit points
    4 year Bachelor award
    up to 80 credit points
    Advanced Diploma
    3 year Bachelor award
    up to 160 credit points
    Advanced Diploma
    4 year Bachelor award
    up to 160 credit points
    Associate Degree
    3 year Bachelor award
    up to 160 credit points
    Associate Degree
    4 year Bachelor award
    up to 160 credit points

    Pathways from the qualification

    Candidates who have obtained this level qualification could progress into Diploma Level qualifications in Community Services or other related fields in the VET sector.

    Entry requirements

    CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

    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.

    All VET International applicants are required to meet the English language proficiency for their chosen course of study.

    • This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the CHC Community Services Training Package.

    • Employability skills

      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:

      Location and study mode

      Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

      Locations: Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine

      Study Mode: Online

      Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

    Apply now for CHC42015

    Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

    Course structure

    To achieve a Certificate IV in Community Services a total of Fifteen (15) units of competency must be completed comprising Seven (7) Core and Eight (8) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

    The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 825-920.

    Code Module/Unit of Competency


    CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients 100
    CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs 80
    CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships 55
    CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40
    CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55
    CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships 80
    HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety 40
      Total nominal hours for core units 450
    CHCCCS008 Develop strategies to address unmet needs 65
    CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations 45
    CHCCDE003 Work within a community development framework 65
    CHCCOM001 Provide first point of contact 35
    CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management 75
    CHCDIS001 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach 40
    CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion 60
    CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues 80
    CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 40
    HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment 25
      Total nominal hours for elective units 375-470
      Total nominal hours for the qualification 825-920


    Course fees

    Domestic Students
    2021 Indicative fees for this course:
    VET Tuition Fees: $2,887.50 (for students who are eligible and receive an NT domestic subsidised place); or
    Domestic Full Fees: $14,025.00 (for domestic full fee places).
    Fees will vary according to your choice of units.

    Please note: a limited number of NT Government subsidy places are available for eligible NT domestic students so contact us now to secure your place for 2021.

    The following Fees are applicable to this course:

    Domestic Students

    VET tuition fees

    NT Government subsidised places are available for this course.
    2021: VET Tuition Fees for 2021 will be charged at $3.50 per nominal hour for subsidised training. More detailed Information about 2021 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents will be published in the 2021 VET Student Guide or VET Fees.

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