This qualification reflects the roles of community services, case management and social housing workers involved in the managing, co-ordinating and/or delivering of person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities.
At this level, workers have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously under broad directions from senior management. Workers are usually providing direct support to individuals or groups of individuals. Workers may also have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers and/or case management; program coordination or the development of new business opportunities.
Note that the Statutory & forensic child, youth & family welfare specialisation must be achieved in order to meet the minimum education requirements for child protection and youth justice practice in Victoria. In addition, to meet the minimum education requirements for entry into child protection practice in Victoria, diploma qualifications must be approved by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA)
To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 100 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.
Total tuition cost for CHC52015 - Diploma of Community Services is AUD $20,000 for international students.
There is special offer of 10% Scholarship for all students enrolling to New Perth St. George Tce Campus.
The course is provided through teacher led classroom mode delivery. It will be delivered over 1280 hours which will include theory (20 contact hours per week), self-paced structured e-learning as per the session plan, simulation training and assessment with 400 hours of work-based training / professional experience placement (PEP). Placement for Semester two and semester three will under-taken together and will be of 160 hours. PEP for semester four will be of 240 hours.
Besides the above structured learning, students are advised that they will be required to do approximate 10 hours per week of unstructured learning.
Students will have 20 contact hours of which 16 hours will be delivered as face to face classroom sessions & 4 hours will be self-directed structured e-learning. Student will need to ensure they complete the tasks assigned to them in the structured e-learning as per session plan.
The time frame to complete the qualification is a maximum of 24 months, will however vary between students based on their individual skills, experiences and previous studies. IHNA considered nominal hour guidelines (Victorian Purchasing Guide and Western Australian Nominal Hours Guide) when confirming the course duration. This duration was chosen to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes for both the qualification type and discipline.
IHNA has in place admission criteria for courses in its scope as required by its 'International Students Admission Policy and Procedure' to ensure that candidates meet industry requirements.
Offshore International students who wish to apply for this course must meet the following requirements
Additional Requirement for professional experience placement.
It is also essential for the student to possess basic computer skills.
Assessment strategies are implemented for collecting evidence and making judgements about whether competency has been achieved by the learner.
The assessments confirm whether an individual can perform to the standards expected in the workplace, as expressed in the relevant endorsed unit of competency.
Assessment tools used include :
IHNA has a methodical RPL process, which is outlined in detail in the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy.
Prospective students will be notified of the RPL policy and process prior to enrolment into the program, via orientation, discussions, Student Handbook and/or through our website. They are encouraged to apply if they believe that they may be eligible.
Students are encouraged to apply for RPL prior to or immediately after formal enrolment but prior to the facilitated delivery of units to ensure that they do not miss any class/simulated lab practice opportunities offered should they be unsuccessful in the RPL process. Students are given an RPL kit showing the units they need to complete and methods for demonstrating competency in those units.
Applicants for Credit Transfer must complete the credit transfer application form, attach a copy of a verified Award or Statement of Attainment and submit the application to the Course Coordinator.
The Course Coordinator must check the Award or Statement of Attainment and grant Credit Transfer for identical units that have been identified as being completed at another Registered Training Organisation.
Verified copies of Qualifications and Statements of Attainment used as the basis for granting Credit Transfer must be placed in the student files.
The student and the Course Coordinator must sign the completed Credit Transfer record. Granting of Credit Transfer must be recorded as a unit outcome in the students file.
Student's individual training plans will be adjusted to reflect any Credit Transfer granted.
Graduates may progress to higher level qualifications within and/or across the Health care sector
Occupational titles may include: