CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services

Course Overview

This course will teach you to provide holistic support in residential and community settings. You’ll learn to respond to social, emotional, psychological and practical needs. You will gain a strong practical and theoretical base in welfare and social justice to work in a range of community support services. You’ll be ready to provide support, education, advocacy or interventions for individual clients, groups or communities.

You will gain industry-specific knowledge and skills including:
• community development
• relationship building
• working with diverse people
• conflict resolution and problem solving
• community education and engagement
• facilitating the interests and rights of clients
• organising group activities and projects
• promoting awareness of domestic and family violence. 

Potential jobs following from this training:

• community based organisations

• residential rehabilitation services

• outreach services

• case work/case management.

Course Duration and Structure

• Delivered face-to-face, at 1 day per week and 6 hours per day for 52 weeks;

• Research and project work (6 hours per week); and • Self-study (6 hours per week)

Entry requirements

• Applicants will be required to undertake a Pre Training Review to determine English level and overall suitability for the course,

• Current Police Check and;

• Current Working With Children Check


Upon completion of this course, students can undertake higher qualifications such as: CHC52015 – Diploma of Community Services CHC62015 – Advanced Diploma of Community Services

Recognition Of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

For students who have previously completed a Nationally Accredited course maybe eligible to receive credit towards the course. RPL is offered to any Learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered within this Certificate III in Individual Support. During the enrolment process a potential Learner may discuss any prior evidence before commencing training to determine if they are eligible for RPL. An additional fee for this service will be discussed with you upon application.

Resources available to the student at the College

• Fully equipped classroom (including projector, whiteboard, internet access, tea and coffee faculties);

• Learner and facilitator guides;

• Simulated classroom for students to practice their skills;

• Support extended to the student to assist in locating placement;

• Relevant policies, procedures, legislative and regulatory materials;

• Laptops;

• Free Wi-Fi access; 

• Guest speakers;

• PowerPoint presentations;

• Assessment handouts;

• Access to the local Council library;

• Educational posters located around the classroom for student reference;

• Library or access to learning resources;

• Student mentoring, if requested or required, to help her/him to meet competency and learning requirements;

• Encouragement of establishing study support groups; and

• Senior student buddy mentoring.  

Course Outline

13 Units of Competency – 7 core and 6 elective units.

Core Modules

CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients

CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs

CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety

Elective Modules

CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities

HLTAID003 Provide First Aid

CHCCCS028 Provide client-centered support to people in crises

CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

CHCDIS010 Provide person centred services to people with disability with complex needs

CHCMGT006 Coordinate client directed services

CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services


For eligible student students, State Government Funding is available through the Skills First Program.

For full fee paying students, payments plans may be available

Concession: $110 (Inclusive of 10% GST)

Non- Concession (Tuition): $550 (Inclusive of 10% GST)

Fee for service: $7,060.00

Please refer to the Refund Policy on the College Website for further information.

* Replacement of lost learner resources is an additional charge.

* A payment of AUD$20 might be required for the re-issuing of official academic transcript

How to apply

To apply for enrolment in this course please contact VASS College of Vocational Education by phone, email, fax or in person as per the details below. Our staff would love to talk with you about your study goals to determine the best course for you.

Contact us: C1, 1 – 13 the Gateway, Broadmeadows, Victoria, 3047

Phone: (03) 9359 2861 Fax: (03) 9359 2899

Email: [email protected]