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Diploma of Community Services CHC52015

Overview

This course provides you with the skills, techniques and theories in the area of community welfare. You will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in the field of community welfare. Graduates of this course are working as community welfare workers in health and community services fields.

This course is in transition. You may be transferred to a replacement course in 2025.

Qualification:

Diploma of Community Services CHC52015

Next Intake:

Semester 2 2024

Course No:

DP-HS08

Campus:

CIT Bruce 

Duration:

2 semester full-time after you have completed a relevant Certificate IV (approx. 20 hours per week) OR part-time equivalent.

Learners without a relevant Certificate IV can complete the Diploma in 3 -4 semesters full-time (approx. 20 hours per week) or part-time equivalent.

Cost Info:

Further information about fees is available at Course fees and assistance

Indicative Cost:

Standard $2,687
Apprentice/Trainee
  • Subsidised fee $430

Likely Job Outcome:

Manager/advanced skills community welfare worker in the health and community services field - including children's services, family support, women's and men's services, residential and non-residential.

Application Type:

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Timetable Information

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Additional Information

This course has a mandatory work placement (120 hours in total). CIT teachers co-ordinate placements. Before undertaking any industry placement, you must be eligible to apply for, and hold a 'Working with Vulnerable People Check'. Information will be provided on enrolment.

If you are currently working and you have extensive relevant experience, or a Certificate IV you may meet the placement requirement.

Entry Requirements

To ensure your success in this course, the preferred pathway is for all learners to complete a relevant Certificate IV qualification in Community Work at CIT.

Skills Recognition

To study any course at CIT (excluding non-accredited training) you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

Further Study

Australian Catholic University
Bachelor of Social Work

Literacy Skills Information

We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework literacy levels of at least 3 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your course of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this course. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with the lower level course. Please visit Foundation Skills.

Transition Information

Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

Subject Cancellations/Changes

To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at infoline@cit.edu.au.


Subject Information

Complete 16 subjects

Core: Complete all 8

  • CHCCOM003   Develop workplace communication strategies
    • CIT Code: COMM495
      Cost: Standard $220.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop communication protocols for a team or business unit. This unit applies to workers responsible for overseeing the communication of organisation-specific information to a range of internal and external stakeholders.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCDIV003   Manage and promote diversity
    • CIT Code: HUSE488
      Cost: Standard $176.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and promote diversity in the workplace, and to contribute to the planning of diversity policies and procedures. This may apply to internal work practices or external service delivery. This unit applies to individuals working in any type of leadership role across all industry sectors.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCCCS007   Develop and implement service programs
    • CIT Code: HUSE495
      Cost: Standard $220.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to engage consumers, analyse service needs of particular groups and develop programs and services to meet those needs. This unit applies to workers coordinating or managing teams and operations in varied service delivery contexts.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCLEG003   Manage legal and ethical compliance
    • CIT Code: LEGL220
      Cost: Standard $176.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research information about compliance and ethical practice responsibilities, and then develop and monitor policies and procedures to meet those responsibilities. This unit applies to people working in roles with managerial responsibility for legal and ethical compliance in small to medium sized organisations. There may or may not be a team of workers involved.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCDEV002   Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
    • CIT Code: WELF441
      Cost: Standard $220.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to function independently and to plan and undertake community work and associated services. The unit describes the application of knowledge of the broad social and cultural context in which work is planned and implemented in the community services industry. This unit applies to workers who seek to better understand their client groups and issues that impact on the lives of their clients and hence on their delivery of services.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCPRP003   Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    • CIT Code: WELF469
      Cost: Standard $168.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development. This unit applies to workers in all industry sectors who take pro-active responsibility for their own professional development.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCMGT005   Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
    • CIT Code: WELF476
      Cost: Standard $264.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to monitor and support workers. This includes implementing support processes to manage stress and emotional wellbeing of self or colleagues working in varied health and community service contexts. It also involves facilitating structured debriefing sessions to colleagues following incidents with the potential to impact on health and wellbeing. This unit applies to leadership or management roles where the individual provides peer to peer support to colleagues and refers to specialised support services in line with organisation guidelines as required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • HLTWHS004   Manage work health and safety
    • CIT Code: WPHS113
      Cost: Standard $88.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area, according to WHS legislative requirements. This unit applies to workers who have responsibility for WHS as part of their role, including workers with obligations under WHS legislation, persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs), or their officers (as defined by relevant legislation).
      Prerequisites: Nil

Electives: Complete 8

  • CHCGRP002   Plan and conduct group activities
    • CIT Code: HUSE512
      Cost: Standard $154.00
      Description: This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to establish, lead and participate in a groups using a collaborative, strengths-based approach. This unit applies to any individual involved in planning and leading group activities. Groups may be formal or informal.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCADV005   Provide systems advocacy services
    • CIT Code: WELF457
      Cost: Standard $126.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to advocate and ensure that government, community and organisational systems broadly support and uphold human rights. This unit applies to workers in a health, community services or advocacy settings who undertake a leadership role in influencing social and system changes. Workers at this level will also advocate for change and continuous improvement at the organisational level to improve client outcomes and service quality.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCCCS019   Recognise and respond to crisis situations
    • CIT Code: WELF464
      Cost: Standard $99.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise situations where people may be in imminent crisis, and then to work collaboratively to minimise any safety concerns and make plans to access required support services. This unit applies to any community services worker involved in crisis intervention. Management of the crisis may involve face-to-face, telephone or remote contact with persons involved.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCPRT001   Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    • CIT Code: CHIL300
      Cost: Standard $180.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support and protect children and young people who are at risk of harm. This work occurs within legislative and policy frameworks and carries a duty of care responsibility. This unit applies to workers in a range of job roles providing services to children and young people including in community services and health contexts.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCCSM005   Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
    • CIT Code: HUSE482
      Cost: Standard $165.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake case management meetings to plan, monitor and review service provision. Workers at this level work autonomously and are responsible for own outputs within organisation guidelines. This unit applies to work in a range of health and community services contexts.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCCSM004   Coordinate complex case requirements
    • CIT Code: WELF466
      Cost: Standard $200.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to coordinate multiple service requirements for clients with complex needs within a case management framework. Workers at this level work under supervision within established guidelines but take on a team leadership role in the coordination of services and service providers.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCDIV002   Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    • CIT Code: YURA101
      Cost: Standard $55.00
      Description: The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety. This unit applies to people working in a broad range of roles including those involved in direct client service, program planning, development and evaluation contexts.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCMHS011   Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
    • CIT Code: WELF481
      Cost: Standard $176.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with individuals to assess, promote and review all aspects of wellbeing. This unit applies to work with people living with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.
      Prerequisites: Nil

Related Courses

Certificate IV Community Services CHC42015

More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email infoline@cit.edu.au