CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services St George & Sutherland Community College

CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

Do you want to make a lasting difference in the lives of individuals seeking assistance with their own social issues? Then this course is the right course for you.

This course is is specifically designed to give you the right skills and knowledge to work with people, and assist them in seeking solutions to a range of personal and social issues. Community Services Workers work in many aspects of people’s lives and may work with children and families, senior citizens, those living with disabilities, those suffering drug and alcohol dependency, those living with a mental illness and other areas within the community.

What does this mean for you?

Real opportunities for you – so get qualified with SGSCC WorkSkills and kick start your rewarding career in Community Services today.

At this level, you will have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously under broad directions from senior management. Workers are usually providing direct support to individuals or groups of individuals. Workers may also have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers and/or case management; program coordination or the development of new business opportunities.

Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) Accreditation

Accreditation is a public declaration of quality, it demonstrates that SGSCC is committed to being the best it can be and our course meets the exact expectations of our students and the workplace. Course accreditation standards have been set by a panel of educationalists, employers and practitioners who have worked with ACWA to determine the specific training and education needs of community workers and students. ACWA operates from the principle that high-quality education and training underpins exemplary community services. Fundamental to ACWA’s role is the protection of educational, fieldwork and practice standards to ensure community workers are well qualified. ACWA accreditation is the mark of educational quality in Australia’s community services sector. Graduates of SGSCC’s accredited course can immediately demonstrate their eligibility for membership of ACWA. This is often required by employers and when it is not, it provides graduates with a competitive edge.

What will you learn?

  • Work with people to resolve issues
  • Support people in difficult situations
  • Work intensively with clients
  • Case manage and counsel clients
  • Work with other health and human services providers on behalf of your client
  • Manage, design and deliver programs

Rewarding and fulfilling career options include:

  • Assessor
  • Community Services Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Client Services Manager
  • Community Development Officer
  • Service Manager
  • Program Coordinator or Manager

Delivery and assessment mode

  • Assessments are competency based which means that you have to demonstrate that you are able to meet the performance criteria for each unit.
  • Assessment methods will vary including: Questions & Answers, projects, role plays, presentations, portfolios, observation.
  • Assessments will be completed in and outside of class time.
  • You should allow approximately 10-12 hours per week for self-study and out of class assessments.

Work Placement

This course requires work placement which will be organised by SGSCC. Work placement (unpaid) is a compulsory component of the course where you will be assessed in the workplace.
400 hours

Entry Requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements
  • New students are expected to attend a mandatory college orientation before course commencement. Orientation times and dates will be advised after enrolment.

All students must undertake the following:

  • Working with Children Check
  • Criminal Record Check

Course Fee and Payment options:

  • $4,970 (maximum Smart and Skilled student fee)
  • $5,000 (fee for those who are ineligible for Smart and Skilled)
  • Pay in full or interest-free monthly payment plan available
  • By Cash, EFTPOS, Visa or MasterCard

Delivery Overview:

  • Duration: 8 term course
  • Days: Tuesday fortnightly 6pm-9pm via online delivery
  • Units of Learning: 16
  • Requirements: Students must be working in the industry to enrol in this course as it requires workplace assessment to be conducted. There are 400 hours of work placement.
  • Monthly Intake: Yes

Eligibility for “Skilling for Recovery” - Fee-Free nationally accredited training:

Skilling for Recovery is part of a matched funding commitment between the NSW and Australian governments under the JobTrainer Fund.

Skilling for Recovery is a key component of the State’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

Skilling for Recovery will help job seekers (including school leavers) reskill, retrain and redeploy the workforce to industries where there are skills shortages and emerging employment opportunities.

Skilling for Recovery offers Fee Free training places to eligible students and funded courses.

Student Eligibility:

If you meet the following criteria you may be eligible to enrol at SGSCC under Skilling for Recovery and receive fee-free accredited training: You must meet all of the following criteria:

  • 15 years old and over; and
  • No longer in secondary education, and
  • Live or work in NSW; and
  • Australian or New Zealand citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or a Humanitarian Visa Holder or a partner visa holder whose sponsor is a humanitarian visa holder.

And meet one of the following:

  • Aged 16 to 24 at commencement of training, regardless of employment status, including Year 12 school leavers, or
  • A person who is a recipient of a Commonwealth Government welfare benefit, or
  • An unemployed person (you do not need to be in receipt of any Commonwealth benefits or registered with Centrelink), or
  • A veteran and their partner, or
  • A person who is currently employed undertaking a specified full or part qualification in the areas such as Aged Care, Digital Skills, Disability Care, Childcare, Training and Education (TAE).
  • An employed person who is expected to become unemployed who falls into one of the following categories:
  • Stood down/ furloughed employee
  • Person who has been employed for 6 months or less
  • Low skilled/ unskilled employee
  • Workers in declining industries

See definition below for further detail.

Definition of an employed person who is ‘expected to become unemployed'

Skilling for Recovery primarily seeks to help unemployed people to re-train or for young people to start their career, but it will also support people expected to become unemployed. This can cover instances such as: companies in declining industries, people whose employment is conditional on immediately undertaking work relevant training, and workers who have been stood down or furloughed.

Below are definitions for each of the four categories:

  • Stood down/ furloughed employee: Employee that has been stood down or an employee that is at risk of becoming unemployed and requires upskilling or reskilling for a new role and employment elsewhere.
  • Person starting a job (employed for 6 months or less): employed on condition of receiving training to build capacity and capability for the job role. This would be within the first 6 months of employment.
  • Low skilled/unskilled employee: Existing employee, with or without relevant skills or previous qualification up to Certificate III, that requires training to upskill to secure ongoing employment or future employment
  • Workers in declining industries: Workers at any company in an agreed declining industry (e.g. international travel industry) who require upskilling/reskilling for redeployment.

SGSCC will advise you on course availability as well as the evidence requirements to validate your eligibility.

All Skilling for Recovery enrolments must occur no later than 31 December 2022.

See Skilling for Recovery page for further information.

Time for you to enrol:

  • The WorkSkills team are available to take your enquiry or enrolment on 02 8543 7412 during business hours
  • At the Jannali Office Reception (Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm)

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Assessments are made against units of competency from the Diploma of Community Services CHC52015.
  • Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills (CHCCSL002)
  • Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management (CHCCSM005)
  • Manage work health and safety (HLTWHS004)
  • Develop workplace communication strategies (CHCCOM003)
  • Develop and implement service programs (CHCCCS007)
  • Recognise and respond to crisis situations (CHCCCS019)
  • Work within organisation and government structures to enable community development outcomes (CHCCDE012)
  • Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services (CHCDEV002)
  • Assess co-existing needs (CHCCCS004)
  • Provide advocacy and representation services (CHCADV002)
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice (CHCPRP003)
  • Manage legal and ethical compliance (CHCLEG003)
  • Facilitate responsible behaviour (CHCCCS009)
  • Manage and promote diversity (CHCDIV003)
  • Confirm client developmental status (CHCDEV001)
  • Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes (CHCMGT005)