Community Development


Certificate IV in Community Development
CRICOS: 091156D | National ID: CHC42115

Diploma of Community Services
CRICOS: 089976G | National ID: CHC52015

Community Development

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Certificate IV: 12 months | Diploma: 12 months


Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July) 2018

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July) 2019


CIT Bruce

Tuition Fees

2018*: Semester 1 - $6,850 | Semester 2 - $6,850
2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 | Semester 2 - $7,050

*Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases happen annually in line with CIT’s fee pricing review. 2018 fees subject to change.


If you’re passionate, pragmatic and eager to make a positive change to peoples’ lives, community development offers the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career that provides an outlet for your desire to give back.

The Certificate IV program is for people wishing to enter or already working in the area of community development. The program is designed to provide you with the skills, techniques and working theories required to work in the field of Community Development. You will have the opportunity for community field experience, and many graduates progress straight to the workforce from this qualification, utilising the strong core skills it provides for entering the field.

If you continue to diploma-level study, you will delve further into the techniques and theories that underpin the area of community welfare, gaining enhanced experience in community engagement, providing advanced interventions to clients as well as learning how to respond to crises. Graduates of this program are working as community welfare workers in health and community services fields.

This program includes work placement (Cert IV qualifications requires 80 hours and Diploma qualifications 120 hours of placement). 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.

Certificate IV: 80 hours industry placement, unpaid.
Diploma: 120 hours, unpaid.

Students are encouraged to and regularly find their industry placements; however there is an Industry Placement Coordinator who manages relationships with community organisations throughout the Australia Capital Territory and who helps students finding an adequate placement.

Entry Requirements

ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent OR Adult Entry | Students must also meet one of the following English requirements: IELTS 5.5 (no band score less than 5.0) | TOEFL iBT – 60 | PTE Academic – 42 (minimum of 36 in each band) | TOEFL PBT – 550 | Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 162.

Extra Fees

Certificate IV:
Stationery: $10

Stationery: $10

Course Subjects

Certificate IV in Community Development
CRICOS: 091156D | National ID: CHC42115

National ID Subject Name
CHCCDE001 Support participative planning processes
CHCCDE003 Work within a community development framework
CHCCDE004 Implement participation and engagement strategies
CHCCDE005 Develop and support relevant community resources
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCCCSO16 Respond to client needs

Diploma of Community Services
CRICOS: 089976G | National ID: CHC52015

National ID Subject Name
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
Electives - complete 8 of 12 subjects
National ID Subject Name
CHCAOD007 Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse preventions and management
CHCAOD008 Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCYTH012 Manage service response to young people in crisis
CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities
CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCCDE011 Implement community development strategies
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with coexisting mental health and alcohol and other drug issues
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
Other elective - complete 2 of 4 subjects
National ID Subject Name
CHCMHS010 Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity
CHCYTH008 Support young people to take collective action
CHCYTH009 Support youth programs
CHCMHS012 Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives

Job Opportunities

Certificate IV: Community worker in the health community services field - community groups and community support.

Diploma: 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.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

Modes of study include simulated workplaces for students to practice their new skills, work experience or work placement, supervised study time with a teacher and on-line learning and student engagement through e-Learn.

Students must complete class work, assignments, practical components and project work throughout the course. They may then be assessed using a combination of these tasks, continuous assessment and examinations. Assessment outcomes may be based on competency, marks and grades, or a combination of all three assessment methods.

Pathways to Further Study

On successful completion of the Diploma of Community Services students will be eligible for up to one year’s credit towards the Bachelor of Social Work with Australian Catholic University.

All CIT Diploma's and Advanced Diploma's give students entry into the University of Canberra (UC). Students are advised to speak directly with UC in relation to course choices and pathways.

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