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9 months full time
February, April, May, June, July, August, September, November, December
If you are working in the Residential and Out of Home Care Sector this is the minimum qualification you require. This qualification reflects the role of those who work in youth and family intervention, including practice specialisations in residential and out of home care, family support and early intervention.
Children and young people who reside in Residential and Out of Home Care require the best possible care that can be provided. Most of these children and young people are vulnerable and have experienced significant trauma and rely on the expertise of support workers who know and understand Trauma Informed Practice.
Melbourne Polytechnic have been delivering this program since 2017 when the Minimum Qualification Strategy for Residential Care Workers in Victoria was released. Using our highly experienced trainers with Residential and Out of Home Care Industry knowledge we have delivered this training to over 2500 student across Victoria.
This Minimum Qualification Strategy for Residential Care Workers, requires all support workers who provide direct care in a Residential and Out of Home Care setting that is operated or funded by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing to hold or be undertaking either:
For further information on the Minimum Qualification Strategy refer to the DFFH website.
The course brings together a three way relationship between Students, their Employer (Industry) and Melbourne Polytechnic. This enables the student to be supported by both Melbourne Polytechnic and the employer to allow the student to meet all assessment requirements of their training. Working closely with large and small Residential and Out of Home Care providers across Victoria, Melbourne Polytechnic can ensure all course material is current and applicable to the practice of students and the expectations of employers.
At Melbourne Polytechnic, you will learn to support children and young people with complex trauma and learn about trauma-informed care, providing primary residential care and managing behaviours of concern. Developed in collaboration with the Residential and Out of Home Care sector, industry training providers and the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, Melbourne Polytechnic was the first TAFE to offer this course to Victorian residential carers. The qualification also provides community services knowledge and skill sets related to child, youth and family interventions used to support workers within the broader community based settings. Supporting an industry model of delivery for students currently working in Residential and Out of Home Care, we deliver this training via Melbourne Polytechnic’s online learning environment, Moodle with either face-to-face or virtual classroom experiences.
This course is designed to help those who work in youth and family intervention in the Residential and Out of Home Care sectors. This includes encouraging practice specialists in education, family support and early intervention to take their careers to the next level. This course enables you to meet the minimum requirements to work in the sector in the following roles:
You may be eligible to apply for further studies in community services, including disability work, and protective services work. On completion, you may apply for entry into our Diploma of Community Services CHC52021.
Remote learning with 12 days face-to-face Virtual Classroom. Must complete a minimum of 120 workplace hours working with a minimum of 5 children/young people.
Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.
Learn via virtual classrooms, connect with teachers and students at a scheduled time through digital platforms and learning tools. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.
Full Certificate IV – 12 months
Trauma Informed Training – 6 Months
You will be assessed in a variety of ways both in the classroom and in the workplace. Methods include online learning, on-the-job demonstrations of skills and knowledge, in class activities and written tasks.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.
|CHCCCS006||Facilitate individual service planning and delivery||Core||120|
|CHCCCS009||Facilitate responsible behaviour||Elective||40|
|CHCCOM002||Use communication to build relationships||Core||55|
|CHCDEV004||Confirm developmental status||Elective||60|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people||Core||40|
|CHCDIV002||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety||Core||25|
|CHCLEG001||Work legally and ethically||Core||55|
|CHCMHS001||Work with people with mental health issues||Elective||80|
|CHCMHS007||Work effectively in trauma informed care||Core||40|
|CHCPRT025||Identify and report children and young people at risk||Core||40|
|CHCPRT027||Work collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children and young people||Core||50|
|CHCPRT029||Work within a practice framework||Core||50|
|CHCPRT033||Provide support to children and youth in out-of-home care||Elective||90|
|CHCPRT034||Work with children and young people with complex trauma and attachment issues and needs||Core||75|
|HLTWHS001||Participate in workplace health and safety||Core||20|
|HLTWHS006||Manage personal stressors in the work environment||Core||25|
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|Free TAFE||Concession||Government subsidised fee||Non-subsidised fee|
|Maximum annual amenities||$250||$175||$250||$250|
The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.
Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.
Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.
After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.
The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.
Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.
Free TAFE places are limited. Please call 1300 635 276 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.
Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.
The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.
The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment.
The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.
Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:
The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:
The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:
Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.
Work books and class materials are supplied.
Those entering this qualification must be able to demonstrate vocational competence in their proposed training and assessing area. Vocational competence is defined as broad industry knowledge and experience, and may include, but is not limited to, holding a relevant unit of competency or qualification.
We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.
It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol this can be done online or you can attend our Skills and Job Centres to complete your enrolment in person.
If you require further information please contact 03 9269 8819 or email admin24CYF@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au
Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.
Local student means; you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.