If you are passionate about making a positive change to peoples’ lives, community development offers a rewarding career and an opportunity to give back to your community.
Community Development is about managing community-based programs that utilise the skills and strengths of community members and groups. The diploma allows you to delve further into your knowledge of community welfare, gaining enhanced experience in community engagement, providing advanced interventions to clients as well as learning how to respond to crises.
Get 200 unpaid hours of industry experience with an industry placement! This will give you the hands-on skills to be ready for employment.
(Certificate IV: 80 compulsory work placement - unpaid hours. Diploma: 120 unpaid hours)
Why Study at CIT?
- Hands-on industry experience
- One of five specialised fields of study to personalise your Community Services Diploma
- Many job opportunities in Canberra and throughout Australia
Certificate IV in Community Development | CHC42115
Diploma of Community Services | CHC52015
A new training package will be introduced for the Certificate IV in semester 2 2023 and the Diploma qualification in 2024.
TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 2 years
Certificate IV: 12 months Diploma: 12 months
2023 Semester 1 (February/April) and Semester 2 (July)
Certificate IV: $7,450 per semester(Total qualification tuition fee $14,900)
Diploma: $7,450 per semester(Total qualification tuition fee $14,900)
Working with Vulnerable People Check: $135 approx., you may be required to purchase a shirt for placement for $30-$40.
CIT teachers co-ordinate placements. Before undertaking any work placement you must be eligible to apply for, and hold a 'Working with Vulnerable People Check'. Information will be provided on enrolment.
*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 may happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. Fees are subject to change.
- Year 12 Certificate (or equivalent)
Students over the age of 20 may be eligible for adult entry. Please refer to Entry Requirements for more information.
- IELTS 5.5 (no band score less than 5.0)
- TOEFL iBT - 46
- PTE Academic - 42 (minimum of 36 in each band)
- Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 162
You will need to be eligible to obtain a “Working with Vulnerable People” card to undertake placement.
Course Subjects - Certificate IV
Course Subjects - Diploma
Likely Job Outcome
Certificate IV: Community worker in the health community services field - community groups and community support.
Diploma: Supervisor/team leaders community welfare worker in the health and community services field – 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 online 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
- Because CIT offers nationally recognised qualifications accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), students can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to most universities within Australia and receive credit towards a degree, even where formal credit transfer arrangements are not in place; however, this is not a guarantee.
- We advise you speak directly with your chosen university in relation to credit transfer, entry requirements and their application process.