Want to get more involved in your community? The Diploma of Community Services gives you the skills to be able to work in areas involving the managing, co-ordinating and delivering of person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities. At this level, workers have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously under broad directions from senior management. You will usually be providing direct support to others. You may also have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers and/or case management; program coordination or the development of new business.
From time to time, Alphacrucis College is able to offer people with 5 or more years community services experience the opportunity to obtain an accredited Diploma of Community Services by applying for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and participating in a special 5-day RPL intensive delivery mode. This RPL mode draws upon your many years of community engagement ministry experience and provides quality gap training. To find out more about the RPL course, visit The Diploma of Community Services - RPL.
The Diploma of Community Services is an 18-month course,
offered nationwide, through a combination of intensives and online study,
comprising 16 units of competency.
This course consists of:
- 8 core units
- 8 elective units
To be awarded the Diploma of Community Services, students must show competency in 8 core and 8 elective units.
Note that in Victoria the Statutory & forensic child, youth & family welfare specialisation must be achieved in order to meet the minimum education requirements for child protection and youth justice practice. In addition, to meet the minimum education requirements for entry into child protection practice in Victoria, diploma qualifications must be approved by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).
Core - 8 Units
CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs
CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies
CHCDEV002 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and Improve own professional practice
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
Elective - 8 Units*
LEDWLD501 Understand and develop a worldview
CHCCDE010 Develop and lead community strategies to enhance participation
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCFAM003 Support people to improve relationships
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
MINACE501 Participate in community engagement
CHCSOH001 Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
*units offered may vary depending on location
Essential Requirements: Nil.
Recommended Requirements: IELTS 5.5 for International
- This program requires a government issued Unique Student Identifier (USI) number. See http://www.usi.gov.au/ for details and to secure your USI.
- A 200-word Statement of Intent, which is a short summary of why you wish to study this program.
- A reference from a Community Leader which endorses your readiness and suitability to complete community services training and undertake a community services work placement in the community. The letter should contain the endorser's letter head, contact details and signature. Examples of appropriate community include: Pastor or Minister, Rotary Member, Council Member, or JP.
campus, Blended, RPL
Locations: Selected campuses year-to-year
Duration: 1.5 years full-time/Part-time Equivalent
Course Learning Outcomes
Not applicable for VET courses.
“Completing the Diploma has enabled me to have more
confidence working in this field, and developing programs to be effective and
of a high standard. It has also brought increased credibility when attending
community gatherings and interagencies as I am now seen by others working in
these fields to be qualified for the work.”
Diploma of Community Services graduate
Once you get to know the uniqueness of your community, the possibilities are endless. You can work for community agencies, coordinate volunteers, or create your own service to meet a community need: Soup Kitchen? Opshop? Working with refugees? What does your community need?
For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.