CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

Course Name: CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services
CRICOS Course Code: TBA
Available: Full Time/ Part Time (Intake Dates)
Duration of Course: 12 months minimum (full time)
24 months minimum (part time)

Blended Learning, online and face to face.

Workplace Training Required: 120 hours
Vocational Placement Provided: Yes
Delivery: Online/On-Campus
Fee: Local -$4,500/International – $6,500
Payment Options: Interest-free Instalments
Job Placement Provided: Yes
Research Opportunities: Yes
Scholarships Available: Yes

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The Diploma of Community Services is focused on training graduates for roles in the area of community services, case management and social housing, managing, co-ordinating and/or delivering of person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities.

The Community services sector employs more than 1.5 million serving over 3 million Australians in a wide range of locations and job description from carers to case managers, Community Services professionals serving the needs of all community members is a rewarding career pathway.

According to the ABS over a third 32% of all employees have completed a Certificate III or higher qualification. Since 2012 the sector has grown by 16% and is expected to employ over 250,000 graduates.  Serving the needs of all community members is a rewarding carer pathway. The diverse nature of employment opportunities, geographic spread, flexible working conditions and the person to person care aspect makes this sector a highly attractive career opportunity. Source: ‘Australian Jobs 2015 Report’ Australian Government – Department of Employment, ABS, IBISworld.

The Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015) consists of 16 units: 8 core units and 8 elective units.


Core 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 Units for Standard Qualification

CHCADV002     Provide advocacy and representation services

CHCCCS009      Facilitate responsible behaviour

CHCCCS019      Recognise and respond to crisis situations

CHCDIS005      Develop and provide person-centred service responses

CHCDIS006      Develop and promote positive person-centred behaviour supports

CHCPRP001     Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

CHCYTH004     Respond to critical situations

CHCMHS001    Work with people with mental health issues


Not all electives are valuable each term.

There are no formal entry requirements or prerequisites for this course. However, it is preferred that applicants have completed year 12 or equivalent and present proof of English proficiency in the form of current IELTS academic test result (not more than two years old) if English is not their first language. An IELTS score of 5.5 overall with no score below 5.5 in any skill area is required. Students must undergo a police check for a criminal background in order to work in this field, and may have to undertake additional manual handling training before commencing Vocational Placement.

The mode of delivery is designed to give students greater control over their studies.

We use of “Blended” approach with both online and in class lessons whether at one of our campus on in our online campus. This allows students to create a study schedule that fits with other commitments. 

Place of Study

The course is delivered online and at the Academy’s Parramatta Campus, and the Academy’s teaching hospital facilities and at work sites throughout Sydney


Assessment methods are designed to test the “competency” of the student; this is done by a combination of written/ oral questions, projects, case studies, observation, compiling a skills journal, video assessment, third party evaluation, portfolio of evidence and on site assessment.

Vocational Placement

Mandatory workplace skills component require students to undertake a minimum of 100 hours to a maximum of 240 hours of vocational placement within a registered and approved organisation. Students are required to complete Subjects 1-6 before entering their Vocational Placement.

Competency-based learning

The assessment is designed to ensure the student is “competent” that is they can apply the knowledge and skills they have learned. The assessment focuses on the student’s ability to perform the tasks in a timely professional and competent manner at all times. The assessment does not relky on traditional tests, rather, it’s an evaluation as to the ability to complete set tasks exhibiting a high degree of skill and knowledge.

Course Credit (RPL)

Students may be eligible for course credit as a result of previous study, prior experience, or recognition of a competency currently held. Course credit can also be provided through national recognition, credit transfer, or recognition of prior learning. Upon application, students must present statements of attainments, documented qualifications, references, or other materials in order to be granted course credit. The granting of course credit allows a student to be exempt from particular course units.

These terms are explained in detail in our Student Handbook. Students must apply for Course Credit prior to the end of the second week of the course but are encouraged to apply at the time of course application. For further information about course credit and how to apply, contact our office.

AQF Level

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) regulates the standards for educational qualifications.  Diploma graduates are within AQF Level 5 standards.

Diploma graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for skilled/paraprofessional work and/or further learning.

Knowledge: Graduates at this level will have technical and theoretical knowledge in a specific area or a broad field of work and learning.

Skills: Graduates at this level will have a broad range of cognitive, technical, and communication skills to select and apply methods to:

  • analyse information to complete a range of activities
  • provide and transmit solutions to complex problems
  • transmit information and skills to others.

Application of knowledge and skills: Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgment, and defined responsibility in known or changing contexts and within broad yet established parameters.


This course is designed to be completed within 12 months to 18 months depending on the student’s pace of study.

IT Needs

You will need to have access to a computer with Internet access with a reliable speed of at least 5mbps, installed with MS Word, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


The total fees for this course are as follows:

Local -$4,500/International – $6,500

This fee includes all tuition fees and the cost of all study material. You may pay your fees at the time of enrolment or by way of other payment options.  Details are provided in an offer letter upon submission of a successful application. Alternatively, you may visit our Financial Assistance Page, or contact us.

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