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Bring positive change to people and their communities

If you want a rewarding career supporting and empowering people to bring positive change to their lives and communities - this is the qualification for you! You will gain the skills to work directly with clients and to facilitate programs, as well as being able to supervise staff and volunteers. Course details

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Payment options

Student satisfaction

$10000 VET Student Loan available

LOCATION/S

External

Key dates and info

DURATION

Blended: up to 1 year

Course details

COST

  • Full Fee $6,800
  • Subsidised $3,820
  • Concession $2,926

Student Loan Available

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Make a career from your caring nature...

Do you have a passion for working closely with people and communities to help them improve their lives? If your answer is 'yes', this course is for you!

Unique Student Identifier (USI) - Student Information

From 1 January 2015 if you are undertaking a nationally recognised program at TAFE Queensland you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Learn all about the USI and how to get your USI for your study.

Course snapshot

Key dates

LOCATION START DATE DELIVERY
External 3 Oct 2017 Blended

Entry requirements

While there are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, considering the following points might assist you to decide if you are ready to study at this level:

  • You will be required to undergo 200 hours of student placement if you are not currently working in an appropriate role within the community services sector. If you are unsure if your current role is appropriate, please speak with the teaching team. Please be aware that this Diploma is designed for workers involved in the managing, co-ordinating and/or delivering of person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities.
  • You will be required to hold or obtain a Working with Children Check (Blue Card) prior to your placement in the community sector. If you do not already hold a Blue Card, you will be required to submit an application at the time of enrolment to avoid delays in attending placement.
  • Literacy levels equivalent to a successful completion of year 10 English are recommended (please note that there are additional requirements for those seeking a VET Student Loan).
  • Self-motivation and the confidence to reach out for support if needed are crucial for external study, or additional study outside of the classroom - staff at TAFE are here to support you throughout your training.

Location/s

External
Study from any location

Resources required

You will require access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online systems, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at a number of TAFE Queensland locations.

You will also require personal stationery (pen and paper), and a valid email address.

Timetable

You will complete 8 units of competency per semester, across 2 semesters (approximately 20-22 weeks per semester).

To successfully complete each group of units within this timeframe, it is recommended you undertake a minimum of approximately 30 hours of independent study per week. Your industry work will involve an additional average of 5 hours per week, although it is flexible as to how you address this.

You will also have the option to attend a 1 hour online tutorial each week. These run on Wednesday nights from 7pm to 8pm within each of the TAFE terms.

Placement

You need to be participating in a community service organisation to address the practical components of your assessment. This needs to involve a minimum of 200 hours spread across the duration of your study. This may be in the context of paid work, or as a student in a formal vocational placement.

If you currently work in industry, your supervisor will need to provide feedback on your work activities and your effectiveness in these, relevant to the course competencies. You will need to check with your teacher that your paid work is appropriate for this qualification and consult your work supervisor to check if s/he is open to providing feedback on your work to your TAFE teacher.

For students who do not currently work within the industry, you are encouraged to explore and approach potential organisations for placement. However, should you not be able to locate a suitable placement, TAFE Queensland South West is able to assist in locating possible options. If you do not already hold a Blue Card, you will be required to submit an application at the enrolment to avoid delays in attending placement.

If you are currently volunteering in the industry, please speak with the teaching team to discuss if it is appropriate and to organise paperwork to formalise your role as a placement.

Relevant documents:

Important Information

You will be required to provide a Blue card application (BC), or a Link an applicant/cardholder to this organisation form, as well as contact details for your paid Industry work at the time of enrolment.

Please ensure the relevant identification documentation is also provided.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 16 units in total, including 8 core units and 8 elective units.

Those not currently employed in the industry (i.e. current or prospective volunteers) will also be required to enrol in Vocational Placement.

Group 1
UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills Elective
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance Core
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship Elective
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues Elective
VPC200 Vocational placement Vocational Placement Scheme
Group 2
UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
CHCDEV002 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Elective
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity Core
CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence Elective
Group 3
UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies Core
CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes Core
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety Core
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice Elective
Group 4
UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs Core
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice Core
CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy Elective
CHCDEV001 Confirm client developmental status Elective
Units available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) only
UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
CHCINM001 Meet statutory and organisation information requirements Elective
CHCYTH001 Engage respectfully with young people Elective
CHCYTH004 Respond to critical situations Elective
CHCADV002 Provide advocacy and representation services Elective
CHCCDE011 Implement community development strategies Elective
CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities Elective

Disclaimer

The elective units available may vary between locations, delivery modes and intakes.

Please note, to access the subsidised fee or concession fee for this qualification, you must be an existing worker with a one month or more employment relationship with your employer, in the community services industry (in addition to other Higher Level Skills eligibility criteria). Existing workers have access to employee entitlement and therefore do not include volunteers. Your work role will need to involve responsibilities and tasks specifically related to the community services industry and the intended outcomes of this qualification.

TAFE Queensland South West has a range of payment options to help you make great happen. If you are unsure of what's right for you, or just want someone to talk it over with, call us on 1300 914 754. We're here to help.

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$6,800

FULL FEE

Student Loan Available

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$3,820

SUBSIDISED

Student Loan Available

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$2,926

CONCESSION

Student Loan Available

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Full fee

This is the total cost of the course.

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VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

 

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

Subsidised

The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

 

Higher Level Skills Subsidy

The Higher Level Skills Subsidy offsets the cost of an eligible Certificate IV or higher course.

You're eligible for the Higher Level Skills Subsidy if you:

  • are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • live in Queensland full time
  • are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate IV or higher level qualification.
  • Other restrictions or eligibility criteria may apply

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

Concession

You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability.

VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

 

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

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Outcome

CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

Job prospects

  • Family Support Worker
  • Welfare Worker
  • Community Worker
  • Community Services Worker
  • Case Manager

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You're ready if you have:

  • checked your meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • checked your rights and responsibilities as a student, as detailed in the student handbook and refund policy
  • Read the Pre-enrolment Informatiom
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to Customer Service TAFE Queensland

All done? Then you're ready to enrol.

All done? Then head to the link below to complete your enrolment:
tafesouthwest.edu.au/study-with-us/enrolment-fees/enrol



Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace and/or previous learning means less study time for you and getting qualified a whole lot sooner.

More about RPL

More info:
tafesouthwest.edu.au/study-with-us/career-changers-jobseeker/recognition-prior-learning/

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 2 August 2017

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1300 914 754

Industry endorsed

Payment options

Student satisfaction

$10000 VET Student Loan available