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Community Services

Certificate IV in

Free TAFE Code: CHC42015
Our courses are being delivered online
TAFEs are recognised as essential services by the Victorian Government and are continuing to operate.

In response to the current coronavirus restrictions, Melbourne Polytechnic is transitioning its more than 240 courses to remote and flexible learning. This means students will not be required on campus at this stage unless notified by their teacher.

Overview

Campus

Preston, Greensborough

Duration

9 months full time

Duration

9 months full time

Requirements

Minimum age of 18 years. Working with Children check and Police Check.

Next Intake

July

Next Intake

July

For those who want to change the world

If you’re committed to challenging social injustice and want to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Community Services CHC42015 is for you. This course provides entry-level skills and knowledge for the community sector, kickstarting your career in community services. The community services industry is one of the largest industry areas in Australia and is worth $56 billion annually. Demand in this area continues to grow, so you can expect strong employment prospects.

Gain practical skills and experience

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Community Services CHC42015 combines theory and practice to offer a comprehensive introduction to work in the community sector. Delivered by qualified staff with wide-ranging community sector experience, our approach focuses on human development throughout life, with expert teaching and practical learning. Melbourne Polytechnic works with our community partners to ensure that all skills and knowledge are relevant to the current industry and up-to-date. Our fully-equipped on-campus community services facilities will provide you with the opportunity to learn in a real-to-life setting. Many of Melbourne Polytechnic’s past students have described taking this course as a life-changing experience.

Prepare for a career with meaning

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Community Services CHC42015 is highly regarded among community services agencies, qualifying you to provide support, advocacy or interventions to individual clients, groups or communities across a range of community-based services. On completion of this course you may find employment as a case worker, community services worker, outreach worker or welfare support worker. This is the perfect place to kick start a career with a difference, or pave the way for further studies in community services.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Community Services CHC42015 is highly regarded among community services agencies, qualifying you to provide support, advocacy or interventions to individual clients, groups or communities across a range of community-based services, such as:
  • Community Support Worker
  • Welfare Support Worker
  • Case Worker
  • Outreach Worker

Pathways

On completion, graduates can apply for entry into our Diploma of Community Services CHC52015. You may also be eligible to apply for further studies in community services and/or specialisations such as alcohol and other drugs, youth work, mental health, disability and community development.

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"It means 'future' to me. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Delivery methods

To obtain the Certificate IV in Community Services students must successfully complete 15 units of study plus 70 hours of practical work placement.

  • Practical work placement
  • Research and online activities
  • Skills development activities in simulated work environments
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

Preston: Monday to Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Greensborough: Tuesday to Thursday 9am - 4pm

Assessment Methods

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

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
CHCADV001 FACILITATE THE INTERESTS AND RIGHTS OF CLIENTS Core 100
CHCAOD001 WORK IN AN ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS CONTEXT Elective 80
CHCCCS004 ASSESS CO-EXISTING NEEDS Core 80
CHCCDE003 WORK WITHIN A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK Elective 65
CHCCOM001 PROVIDE FIRST POINT OF CONTACT Elective 35
CHCCOM002 USE COMMUNICATION TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS Core 55
CHCDEV001 CONFIRM CLIENT DEVELOPMENTAL STATUS Elective 60
CHCDFV001 RECOGNISE AND RESPOND APPROPRIATELY TO DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE Elective 50
CHCDIV001 WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE Core 40
CHCGRP002 PLAN AND CONDUCT GROUP ACTIVITIES Elective 70
CHCLEG001 WORK LEGALLY AND ETHICALLY Core 55
CHCMHS001 WORK WITH PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES Elective 80
CHCMHS007 WORK EFFECTIVELY IN TRAUMA INFORMED CARE Elective 40
CHCPRP001 DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN NETWORKS AND COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS Core 80
HLTWHS003 MAINTAIN WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY Core 40

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $780 $3900 $10700
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $955 $4150 $10950
Per year $0
Per semester $0

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.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

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 2019. 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.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.
Are you eligible for subsidised study?
You could be eligible for up to $20,000 in government funding.

Fees explained

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 for this course in 2020. Please call 9269 8400 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.

Check your eligibility

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% 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:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking 

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counseling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

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

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.
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Requirements

  • applicants must be 18 years old
  • you will need to have the literacy skills appropriate for the demands of the training and the workplace
  • no interview is required and applications will be assessed to deem suitability for the course

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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