Build on your people skills for a diverse and rewarding career in the community sector with a Certificate III in Community Services at Victoria Polytechnic.
This course provides a strong and broad foundation for working directly with clients in the community services sector. You’ll be able to focus on either community services or community development work.
We will provide you with training in delivering programs for individuals, families and groups in a variety of settings. You’ll develop skills to empower and support people by learning about:
- effective communication
- meeting individual needs
- cultural awareness and working with diverse people
- networking and teamwork
- safe work practices.
With this qualification, you’ll be ready for entry-level jobs, or for undertaking further study in community services or community development.
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Careers in community services
The welfare and community services sector is one of Australia’s fastest growing sectors, and is expected to continue growing (JobOutlook). Studying a Certificate III in Community Services with Victoria Polytechnic can help you get your foot in the door.
Working in community services is demanding but rewarding. You will be able to work in entry-level jobs in a range of contexts such as:
- community based organisations
- residential rehabilitation services
- outreach services.
Example job titles include:
- community care worker
- recreational activities officer
- residential support worker
- neighbourhood centre worker
- housing support worker.
To be awarded CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services, a student must complete a total of twelve (12) units of competency, consisting of:
five (5) core units, and;
seven (7) elective units, consisting of:
at least five (5) units from the electives listed in the CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services qualification, and;
up to two (2) units from the electives listed in the CHC32015 Certificate III 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 Victoria Polytechnic.
This qualification reflects the role of entry level community services workers who support individuals through the provision of person-centred services. Work may include day-to-day support of individuals in community settings or support the implementation of specific community-based programs. At this level, work takes place under the direction of others and supervision may be direct or indirect. Work may take place in a range of community services organisations.
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
Fee type: VET
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.
- 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.
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
VETiS: The literacy and numeracy levels of applicants will be assessed through consultation with the relevant secondary school.
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Police Record Check and Working With Children Check (WWC). Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.
The following are suggested sites you could visit to obtain these checks:
• Police record check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
• WWC check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
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 for this course
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.
Before you apply, consider whether you also wish to apply for:
Special admission: You can request special consideration be given to your application based on your individual situation.
Find out more about special admission or complete the Direct admissions special consideration application
- Extra credit for past skills and study - known as Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) or Skills recognition.
When you're ready:
You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).
Direct applications due 31 December 2018.Apply direct to VU
Use our Admissions centre to
- Save incomplete applications to finish later
- Submit applications for one or more courses
- Track the progress of your applications
- Upload any additional information we request
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (remember to check your Spam folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered