From January 2019, this course will be offered free of tuition fees for eligible students under the Victorian government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses program, designed to reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs in demand from Victorian employers. If you're eligible, the State Government will cover the full cost of your tuition fees for this course, saving you thousands of dollars. Other fees, such as materials and amenities, may still apply. Enquire here or call 9269 8400 to check your eligibility for this offer.
Our Certificate III in Community Services is the recognised foundation course for the community services sector, and provides you an entrance into the industry even if you have no prior work experience.
Get your start in the Community Services sector
This qualification reflects the role of entry level community services workers who support individuals through the provision of person-centred services. Work may include day-to-day support of individuals in community settings or support the implementation of specific community-based programs.
At this level, work takes place under the direction of others and supervision may be direct or indirect. Work may take place in a range of community services organisations.
Achieve your dream while completing school
We offer the Certificate III in Community Services as part of the VET in Schools (VETiS) program.
Get credit towards further studies in community services
The program offers credit towards further studies in community services and specialist community services areas, such as:
- alcohol and other drugs
- mental health
- disability services
You will have the opportunity to learn about the broad community services sector, with up to 80 hours of workplace experience in a community services organisation.
You may find work in:
- community-based organisations
- residential services
- youth work
- outreach services
Gain skills and knowledge in:
- working with children and young people at risk
- communication skills with clients and co-workers
- working within legal and ethical frameworks
- referring to other community services professionals
- working with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
- occupational health and safety
- clients with alcohol and/or other drugs issues
- planning and conducting group activities
- mental health issues
The Certificate III also provides a pathway if you have have completed Community Services Vocational Pathways programs at Certificate II level.
DepartmentHealth and Community
Class Schedule: *
Wed - PM
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor
Modes of DeliveryWorkplace, Classroom
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Assessment MethodsA variety of assessment methods will be used, including case studies, presentations, group activities and role plays
MaterialsAll materials are provided.
Entrance RequirementsProspective students are expected to have the literacy skills appropriate for both the demands of the training and the workplace. Applicants must be 19 years of age at the commencement of the course.
Pathways to further studyOnce you succesfully complete the Certificate III, you may apply for entry into our CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services, CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability, CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health and/or CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
Career PathwaysSuccessful completion of the course, may open employment opportunities, as:
- case worker
- community services worker
- family support worker
- domestic violence worker
- early intervention homelessness worker
- welfare support worker
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|BSBINM301||Organise workplace information||30|
|BSBWOR202||Organise and complete daily work activities||20|
|BSBWOR301||Organise personal work priorities and development||30|
|CHCADV001||Facilitate the interests and rights of clients||100|
|CHCADV002||Provide advocacy and representation services||80|
|CHCCCS016||Respond to client needs||60|
|CHCCOM001||Provide first point of contact||35|
|CHCCOM005||Communicate and work in health or community services||30|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people||40|
|CHCPRP003||Reflect on and improve own professional practice||120|
|FSKRDG10||READ AND RESPOND TO ROUTINE WORKPLACE INFORMATION||15|
|FSKWTG09||WRITE ROUTINE WORKPLACE TEXTS||30|
|HLTAID003||PROVIDE FIRST AID||18|
|HLTWHS001||Participate in workplace health and safety||20|
|HLTWHS002||Follow safe work practices for direct client care||25|
|HLTWHS006||Manage personal stressors in the work environment||25|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.