Start training for a career in community services while you complete your secondary school studies, with the Certificate II in Community Services.
Delivered exclusively through Victoria University Polytechnic’s VET in Schools program, this introductory course equips you with essential knowledge and skills in community work.
You'll learn how to:
- communicate and work effectively in the health or community-services sector
- work within a community framework
- build relationships and work with diverse people
- participate in safe work practices.
This course can be used as a pathway for entry into the Certificate III in Community Services.
Please note: this qualification is not open for general enrolments. Secondary schools looking to partner with Victoria Polytechnic should contact the VET in Schools department.
Learn to communicate and work in health or community services with this introductory course.
Careers in Community Services
Following this course you'll be prepared to work in entry-level jobs in a range of contexts, including:
- community-based organisations
- residential support services
- outreach services
- neighbourhood centres.
Further study will enhance your career opportunities. Completion of this course will provide you with access to the Certificate III in Community Services.
To be awarded the CHC22015 Certificate II in Community Services, a student must successfully complete a total of nine (9) units of competency, comprising of:
- five (5) core units, and;
- four (4) elective units, of which:
- at least two (2) units selected from the electives listed within the CHC22015 Certificate II in Community Services qualification;
- up to two (2) units selected from the electives listed within the CHC22015 Certificate II in Community Services qualification, any endorsed training packages or accredited courses.
All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.
This qualification may be used as a pathway for workforce entry as community services workers who provide a first point of contact and assist individuals in meeting their immediate needs. At this level, work takes place under direct, regular supervision within clearly defined guidelines.
This qualification forms part of the credit suite specified by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and may contribute towards the satisfactory completion of the Victoria Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victoria Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Fees & scholarships
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.
If you enrol in a:
- Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
- full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.
Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
The literacy and numeracy levels of applicants will be assessed through consultation with the relevant secondary school.
You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.
Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.
How to apply
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.