Are you already working or volunteering in the community services industry and want to add a formal qualification to your toolkit? Then the Certificate IV in Community Services (Traineeship) will give you the added confidence and knowledge to offer support to people in need.
This course is designed to get you ready for a role as a community service worker, where you will design and deliver person-centred programs to individuals and groups.
Watch below to find out more on studying with us
This is Susanne, one of our Community Services students
Whether you find yourself working in community service, as a case worker or in case management, you’ll learn the skills you need to tackle challenges autonomously and discover effective ways to supervise and lead other workers in projects and teams in a career where no two days are the same! Sounds pretty good to us!
Taught both online and on-campus over an 11-month period, you’ll experience face-to-face workshops and exciting placement opportunities, where you’ll gain experience and problem-solving skills that will prepare you for a long and rewarding career.
And at the end of your course, the employment possibilities really and endless. Some of these are:
- Case worker
- Health education officer
- Community services worker
- Outreach officer
- Community support worker
- Support worker
- Family support worker
- Family/Domestic violence worker
- Welfare support worker
- Homelessness worker
- Welfare worker
There is even the opportunity to take your career further by studying a Diploma of Community Services, a Diploma of Mental Health, or a Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs. All of these courses will help you gain more specialised skills and enhance your employment opportunities, and we are here to help you make all of those choice, because we know decisions about your future aren’t always easy.
Go on, get started today in this rewarding industry and equip yourself with the skills to offer support, advocacy and interventions to each client you meet and to the wider community.
|Did you know: The Victorian Government has now made Free TAFE courses even more accessible for new students enrolling for study in 2023. All Free TAFE courses at TAFE Gippsland are now available to people with higher-level qualifications and those who have completed a previous Free TAFE course and are looking to continue in their selected training pathway. Conditions and eligibility rules apply. Check out our Free TAFE information page for further details.|
Trainees only attend min 1 day per week and attend the workplace and meetings with Supervisors of trainees to discuss their progress. Trainees can opt to complete units in class or with online cohort using online facilitated classes.
|Sale||Tuesday 9:00am - 3:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am - 3:00pm|
|Warragul||Tuesday 9:00am - 3:00pm, Thursday 9:00am - 3:00pm|
|Traralgon||Thursday 9:00am - 3:00pm, Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm|
Qualifications and RecognitionUpon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate IV in Community Services (Traineeship).
Opportunities for Further Study
- CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health
- CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Diploma of Community Services Forensic/Statutory Stream (ACWA Accredited)
- Diploma of Community Services Case Management Specialisation
Course and Entry Requirements
The Certificate IV in Community Services requires students to complete demanding academic tasks, in order to be successful with the Certificate coursework and practical placement, students are required to perform and demonstrate a number of skills in a safe manner to those they are working with, themselves, other students and staff.
By understanding the task required within the course work and practical placement students can make an informed decision whether the program is suitable prior to enrolment.
Click here to read the Inherent Requirements for this course
VET Student LoansNot Applicable for this course
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Police check and Working with Children's check required
Pathway to Industry Licence
Material and Equipment supplied by students
Student ServicesSupport is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.
Recognition of Prior LearningMany TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.
Sample course units
|Unit Code||Unit Description|
|CHCADV001||Facilitate the interests and rights of clients|
|CHCAOD001||Work in an alcohol and other drugs context|
|CHCCCS004||Assess co-existing needs|
|CHCCCS019||Recognise and respond to crisis situations|
|CHCCOM002||Use communication to build relationships|
|CHCCSM005||Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management|
|CHCDFV001||Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
|CHCDIV002||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety|
|CHCLEG001||Work legally and ethically|
|CHCMHS001||Work with people with mental health issues|
|CHCPRP001||Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships|
|CHCPRT001||Identify and respond to children and young people at risk|
|CHCSOH001||Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness|
|HLTWHS003||Maintain work health and safety|
Observation, Questioning, Report/Essays, Test/Quizzes, Portfolio, and Log Book