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Get a head start to a career in social and community services

Set yourself up for a rewarding career working as a professional community services worker with individuals, families and groups.

The community services sector offers a diverse range of job opportunities that will enable you to make a difference in many people’s lives.

When you complete the Diploma of Community Services, you’ll be qualified to work for community services organisations, government departments and not for-profit organisations in a wide variety of roles and services –specialist and /or generalist such as:

- child protection
- family violence outreach and support services
- school welfare
- family services
- youth services
- disability services
- aged care
- mental health
- advocacy /community development
- homelessness.

TIMETABLE

Dandenong: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9- 4pm

Frankston: Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9 - 4pm

Night classes: Tuesday and Thursday with some Saturday workshops (subject to demand)

Please note:

1. The timetable days will change in year two of the course.

2. First semester will include class time only, second semester will include placement attendance (days and times as per placement agency agreement) and placement support classes (1 day a week)

The Australian Community Workers Association is a national professional body that accredits education and training courses for workers in the community services sector.

The Diploma of Community Services at Chisholm is accredited by ACWA.

As our course is both nationally recognised and ACWA accredited it provides our students with a competitive edge with regard to employment opportunities in comparison to those students from non-ACWA accredited courses

This accreditation adds value to graduates of this course at Chisholm as it confirms the professional reputation of our programs. Graduates can apply for full membership and registration with ACWA and are strong candidates for employment in larger government departments such as DHHS.

This course is covered by the Free TAFE initiative

Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a Victorian Government program that covers your tuition fees to study in this course, if you’re eligible, from 1 January 2019. Note that you will still need to pay other fees such as student services or materials fees.

Find out about your eligibility.

Course code
CHC52015
On campus
Dandenong, Frankston
Online
Not available Online
International
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Length
Full Time, 2 years. Part Time, 4 years.
Start dates
Weeks commencing 5 Feb and 16 Jul.