Community Services

Course/s

Certificate IV in Community Services
CRICOS: 089975J | National ID: CHC42015

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

Community Services Work

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Duration

TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 2 years
Certificate IV: 1 year | Diploma: 12 months

Intake

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

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

Campus

CIT Bruce

Tuition Fees

2017*: Semester 1 - $6,650 | Semester 2 - $6,650
2018*: Semester 1 - $6,850 | Semester 2 - $6,850

*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.

Overview

If you are looking for a versatile community qualification with an array of job opportunities and a pathway to university, then CIT’s Community Services qualifications offer a firm foundation in assessing and working with the needs of clients in a variety of settings.

The Certificate IV qualification develops the skills of workers to provide a range of services and interventions to clients, and to implement community education and interventions. Work may take place in a variety of contexts such as community-based organisations, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services and workers may have supervisory responsibilities.

Those advancing to the Diploma program will develop 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 program have found work 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

Diploma:
Stationery: $10

Course Subjects

Certificate IV in Community Services
CRICOS: 089975J | National ID: CHC42015

National ID Subject Name
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
Electives - complete 8 of 9 subjects
National ID Subject Name
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCCDE003 Work within a community development framework
CHCCDE004 Implement participation and engagement strategies
CHCCDE005 Develop and support relevant community resources
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
CHCCDE001 Support participative planning processes
CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities
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 9 subjects
National ID Subject Name
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
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
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management

Job Opportunities

Certificate IV: On completion of this qualification the worker will be able to design and deliver programs that aim to enhance the wellbeing of individuals and groups. Occupational titles may include:
- Case Worker
- Community services worker
- Community support worker
- Domestic violence worker
- Early intervention homelessness worker
- Family support worker
- Health education officer
- Outreach officer
- Support worker
- Welfare support worker

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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