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Certificate IV in Community Services


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Certificate IV in Community Services – CHC42015

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Course Overview

Build on your knowledge and gain the skills to care for your community. The Certificate IV in Community Services is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Community Services Worker.

You'll learn to design and deliver person-centred services to individuals and groups, and provide support, advocacy, and intervention across a range of groups.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme for eligible students.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Community Services industry. Roles you may be qualified for include:

  • Aboriginal Health Education Officer
  • Community Support Worker
  • Domestic Violence Worker
  • Women's Health Educator
  • Case Worker
  • Early Intervention Homelessness Worker
  • Community Legal Officer
  • Family Support Worker
  • Tenant Advice and Advocacy Worker

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the Diploma of Community Services.

Course Dates & Times

Benalla - Samaria Road

3 days p/week - 2 day classroom, 1 day drop-in - Semester 2 / 2019


3 Days a Week/inc Structured Study Session - 9am to 4pm / 2019

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Starts Monday 3rd Feb, 3 Days a week (Wed,Thu,Fri) , 9am to 4pm / 2020

Starts Monday 3rd Feb, 2 Evenings a week (Mon,Tue), 5pm - 8pm / 2020

Starts Monday 13th July, 3 Days a week (Wed,Thu,Fri), 9am - 4pm / 2020

Starts Thursday 2nd July, 2 Evenings a week (Mon,Tue), 5pm - 8pm / 2020

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Starts Monday 3rd Feb, 3 Days a week (Wed,Thu,Fri), 9am - 4pm / 2020

Starts Monday 13th July, 3 Days a week (Wed,Thu,Fri), 9am - 4pm / 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

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
Core Units
Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
Assess co-existing needs
Use communication to build relationships
Work with diverse people
Work legally and ethically
Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
Maintain work health and safety
Elective Units
Support participative planning processes
Work within a community development framework
Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
Work with people with mental health issues
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Work effectively with young people in the youth work context

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge test/quiz
  • Presentation
  • Workplace observation/demonstration
  • Written

Damien Stevens-Todd
Campus: Shepparton

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.

Training hours may vary depending on the number of units a prospective student plans to study and the study mode.

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

Full time enrolled students attend classes 3 days per week over a 5 month period.

Part time students attend classes 2 evenings 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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