If you are looking for a versatile community qualification with an array of job opportunities and a possible path 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.
Develop your skills to provide a range of services, community education and interventions to clients at community based organisations, residential rehabilitation services or outreach services. The diploma allows you to delve further into your knowledge of community welfare, gaining enhanced experience in community engagement, supplying 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 unpaid hours compulsory placement. 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 Services | CHC42015
Diploma of Community Services | CHC52015
New training packages will be introduced for the Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications in 2024.
TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 2 years
Certificate IV: 1 year Diploma: 1 year
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'.
*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) or Adult Entry
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
Course Subjects - Certificate IV
Course Subjects - Diploma
Likely Job Outcome
Certificate IV: Caseworker, 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: 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
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.