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Key details

Duration

0.5 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of 6 to 12 months on a full-time/part-time basis. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.

* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time

Locations

Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine
Not available to international students.

Course code

CHC32015

Overview

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.

Infection control, including COVID-19 measures and the associated restrictions, have been implemented, to ensure the safety and well-being of students, lecturing staff and the wider community.

Career opportunities

Community Services workers support individuals through the provision of a range of person-centred services across a variety of community service organisations. Work may include day-to-day support of individuals in community settings or supporting the implementation of specific community-based programs. Roles may provide support, advocacy or interventions to individuals, groups or communities and range from working under the direction and supervision of others to managing the programs and services themselves.

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Community Service include:
>Residential Support Worker
>Neighbourhood Centre Worker

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill 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 Student.Central@cdu.edu.au.

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.

Pathways

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

Further training pathways from CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services include, but are not limited to, CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services.

Fees

2022 course fees:
This course is free for eligible students who receive an NT Domestic supported place or $6,100.00 for domestic full fee places. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of units.

VET fee exempt

Exemptions apply to VET tuition fees for NTG supported courses only.

At the time of enrolment, students in these categories will be exempt from paying tuition fees:

  • Recipient of a Centrelink payment
  • Recipient of a Veteran's Affairs payment
  • Enrolled Secondary Students
  • Permanent residents with refugee or humanitarian status

Certified copy of the evidence must be provided at the time of enrolment.

If your course is delivered in a location that is listed on the NTG’s Location Categories for VET Funded Programs, with remote as the location category you may be eligible for the Remote 2 Location tuition fee exemption.

Delivery allowance for VET funded programs

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Why study at CDU?

Study with the Territory's largest provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and gain industry-ready skills and experience. Whether you're a high school student or a working professional, we've got the courses and qualifications you want plus the support and flexibility you need to succeed.

  • Learn from expert lecturers and industry professionals
  • Access to first-class facilities
  • Recognition of prior learning to qualify faster

What will I study?

To achieve CHC32015 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.

Course structure

The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 610.

CodeModule/Unit of Competency

Hours

CORE UNITS OF COMPETENCY
CHCCCS016Respond to client needs60
CHCCOM005Communicate and work in health or community services30
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people40
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care25
HLTWHS006Manage personal stressors in the work environment25
 Total nominal hours for core units180
ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY (Select 7)
CHCAGE001Facititate the empowerment of older people50
CHCADV001Facilitate the interests and rights of clients100
CHCCCS019Recognise and respond to crisis situations45
CHCCOM001Provide first point of contact35
CHCMHS001Work with people with mental health issues80
CHCPRP001Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships80
CHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at risk40
 Total nominal hours for elective units430
 Total nominal hours for the qualification610

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

There are no mandatory entry requirements for this qualification. 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.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

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Course details

Accreditation

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

VET for secondary schools

VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

Select VSS for more detail about this program.

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

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

On campus, combination face-to-face and online, workplace assessment

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

Additional information

Sector
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
COMMUNITY SERVICES, HEALTH AND EDUCATION
Occupation types
Welfare Support Workers Nfd
Area of study
Community Services, Community Services and Social Work

Contact details

Email:Student.Central@cdu.edu.au. Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

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