Prepare yourself for a diverse and rewarding career in the community sector with a Certificate IV in Community Services at Victoria University Polytechnic.
You will gain a strong practical and theoretical base in welfare and social justice to work in a range of community support services. You’ll be ready to provide support, education, advocacy or interventions for individual clients, groups or communities. This course will teach you to provide holistic support in residential and community settings. You’ll learn to respond to social, emotional, psychological and practical needs.
You will gain industry-specific knowledge and skills including:
- community development
- relationship building
- working with diverse people
- conflict resolution and problem solving
- community education and engagement
- facilitating the interests and rights of clients
- organising group activities and projects
- promoting awareness of domestic and family violence.
Free TAFE 2021 – apply now
Eligible students won’t pay tuition fees for this course in 2021.
Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand from Victorian employers.
Find out more about Free TAFE.
Victoria University Polytechnic believes in inclusivity, diversity and opportunity. We have a strong history of community engagement, working with organisations in the region to develop programs that meet local needs.
These partnerships benefit the communities near each of our campuses, and benefit our students too. By contributing to local projects, we can ensure our students’ skills are well matched to opportunities in the region, and create networks for future employment.
Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. We have prioritised forming close partnerships with 10 key industries and community services is one of these. Learning with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.
You’ll consolidate your skills through participation in an industry-based Community Project (with a community organisation). You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills and knowledge. You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:
- guest speaker presentations
- scenario-based learning and assessments.
VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.
You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:
- e-learning content for courses
- student email
- student software packages
- social networking tools.
On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:
Careers in community services
The welfare and community services sector is one of Australia’s fastest growing sectors, and is expected to continue growing strongly (JobOutlook). The Certificate IV in Community Services from Victoria University Polytechnic can help you get your foot in the door.
Working in community services is demanding but rewarding. This course is designed to prepare you to address the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of the community. You will be able to work in a range of contexts such as:
- community based organisations
- residential rehabilitation services
- outreach services
- case work/case management.
Example job titles include:
- case worker
- community services worker
- community support worker
- domestic violence worker
- early intervention homelessness worker
- family support worker
- health education officer
- outreach officer
- support worker
- welfare support worker
- welfare worker.
To be awarded CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services, a student must successfully complete a total of fifteen (15) units of competency, comprising of:
- seven (7) core units, and;
- eight (8) elective units, consisting of:
- at least six (6) units from the electives listed in the CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services qualification;
- up to two (2) units from the electives listed in the CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services qualification, any endorsed training package or accredited course.
Any combination of electives that meets the rules above can be selected for the award of the CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services. Where appropriate, electives may be packaged to provide a qualification with a specialisation. Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.
The Polytechnic, currently do not offer specialisations for this qualification.
VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).
This qualification reflects the role of community service workers who design and deliver person-centred services to individuals and/or groups. Workers may provide support, advocacy or interventions to individual clients, groups or communities across a range of services.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type for this course: VET
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
- full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
Find out more about:
- the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
- ways to pay your fees
- important fee dates
- how to apply for a VE/TAFE refund
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.
If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Police Record Check and Working with Children Check.
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 - Working with Children 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
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
Before starting your application, please read through the step-by-step VU Polytechnic application process to make sure you have all the necessary documents and information ready to successfully complete your application.
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
- Credit transfer/Recognition of prior learning (RPL): If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.
Apply direct to VU
Apply direct to VU using our admission centre, submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.
Already a VU student?
If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (which may go to your spam/junk folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered