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Certificate III in Community Services


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Certificate III in Community Services – CHC32015

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Course Overview

Kickstart your career in Community Services. Studying the Certificate III in Community Services, you'll learn practical skills to support and promote the social, psychological, welfare, and protection needs of the community.

You'll gain skills in communication, learn how to promote the needs, interests and rights of your clients, and develop an understanding of the specific needs and support requirements of clients from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities, as well as those with mental health issues.

This course can be completed on campus or as a VETiS program, and is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme for eligible students.

Career Pathways

The Certificate III in Community Services prepares you for a variety of roles in the Community Services sector, such as:

  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Support Worker
  • Home Helper
  • Personal Care Giver

Working in this industry, you'll be the first point of contact to assist individuals to meet their immediate needs. Your role could involve client transport, organising events, administration, reporting, and many more activities.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services, or the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services.

You might also like to undertake further study at the university level, with a degree in Community Services, or a Masters of Social Work.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

General Public - 1 day per week - 9:00 am to 3:00pm - Semester 2 / 2019

Public, Starts Mon 3rd Feb, 1 day per week, 12 months, 9am-3.30 pm / 2020

Public, Starts Mon 6th July, 1 day per week, 12 months, 9am-3.30 pm /2020

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2019 and may change without notice. 2020 fees are yet to be published.

Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

On Campus
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course

VETis Students
The selection process will involve the student’s school VET coordinator who will approve the student engaging in this VETiS program. VETiS students will have their Language, Literacy & Numeracy suitability confirmed by their VETiS coordinator.

VETiS Students will have completed the Certificate II in Community Services prior to commencement.

Core Units
Respond to client needs
Communicate and work in health or community services
Work with diverse people
Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Manage personal stressors in the work environment
Elective Units
Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
Work within a community development framework
Implement participation and engagement strategies
Provide first point of contact
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Support group activities
Work with people with mental health issues
Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
Provide first aid

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written tasks
  • Quizzes
  • Oral presentations
  • Role plays
  • Engagement through Catapult resources
  • Assessment tools in online LMS (Moodle)

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It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in webinars.

Both On Campus and VETiS students attend classes 1 day per week over a 12 month period.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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