Courses

Certificate IV in Community Services

Committed to challenging social injustice? Want to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people? Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Community Services provides entry-level skills and knowledge for the community sector.

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Gain practical skills and experience

Combining theory and practice, this course offers a comprehensive introduction to work in the community sector. It is highly regarded among community services agencies and includes a fully supervised placement.

Many Melbourne Polytechnic students gain work in this broad sector through their placements.

The Certificate IV in Community Services qualifies you to work in diverse areas including criminal justice, residential services, youth work and outreach services.

Benefit from quality teaching and a developmental approach

The Certificate IV in Community Services is a life-changing experience for many. Delivered by qualified staff with wide-ranging community sector experience, our approach focuses on human development throughout life, with expert teaching that is current and highly relevant.

We also have a wide range of student services that can make studying with us a little easier.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Contact

For any additional information on the Certificate IV in Community Services, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.

For further information regarding upcoming information/interview session dates and times please click here.

Local Students

Code

CHC42015

Campuses

GREENSBOROUGH, PRESTON

Department

Health and Community
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 12 months
four (4) days per week, Tuesday - Friday.
Work Placement Requirements: 140 Hours after the completion of classroom based training . If you elect not to undertake placement, you may undertake an alternative workplace focused project

Class Schedule: *

Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Careers Advisor

Part-time: 2 years
two (2) days per week

Modes of Delivery

Workplace, Classroom

Fees for 2017

Eligible:$3150
Concession:$630

The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

View 2016 Fees

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used including on-the-job demonstration of skills and knowledge, written pieces, and classroom activities.

Materials

Work books and class materials are supplied. Cost to be advised at information sessions

Entrance Requirements

  • you will need to have the literacy skills appropriate for the demands of the training and the workplace
  • applicants must demonstrate that a commitment to social justice, human rights and attitudes to provide clients with services that uphold their rights, promote equality, dignity and respect
  • to apply, complete the Application Form in detail and return it to Melbourne Polytechnic
  • you must also begin the application process by booking online through the 'Apply Now' button
  • no interview is required and applications will be assessed to deem suitability for the course
  • a clear Police Check and Working with Children Check will be required for placements

Pathways to further study

You may be eligible to apply for further studies in community services, including community housing work, disability work, and protective services work. On completion, graduates can apply for entry into our CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

Career Pathways

You may find work as
  • case worker
  • community services worker
  • family support worker
  • domestic violence worker
  • early intervention homelessness worker
  • welfare support worker

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • Midyear

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.

Code Subjects Hours
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients 100
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context 80
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs 80
CHCCCS009 Facilitate responsible behaviour 40
CHCCDE003 Work within a community development framework 65
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships 55
CHCDEV001 CONFIRM CLIENT DEVELOPMENTAL STATUS 60
CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion 60
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues 80
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships 80
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 40
HLTAID003 PROVIDE FIRST AID 18
HLTWHS003 MAINTAIN WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY 40

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.