Certificate IV in Community Services (Traineeship)

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.

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.

Course Code


Course Type

Accredited Course



Study mode


Online (With on-campus workshops)


11 months


Port of Sale




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.

Campus Attendance Days
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

Career opportunities

  • Case worker
  • Health education officer
  • Community services worker
  • Outreach officer
  • Community support worker
  • Support worker
  • Family/Domestic violence worker
  • Welfare support worker
  • Homelessness worker
  • Welfare worker
  • Family support worker

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate IV in Community Services (Traineeship).


Not Applicable

Specialist Course Information

Police check and Working with Children's check required

Material and Equipment Supplied by Students

Not Applicable

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

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). To find out more visit the TAFE Gippsland website or contact us to discuss your option.

Course cost

For the course cost please visit the TAFE Gippsland website or cal 1300 133 717.

Unit CodeUnit 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