CHC52021 Diploma of Community Services

VU course code: CHC52021 | Level of study: TAFE
1.5 years full time
Face to Face with eLearning


No tuition fees for eligible students

Footscray Nicholson, Werribee
16 July 2024
01 July 2024
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Develop specialised skills for working with disadvantaged groups in community welfare with a Diploma of Community Services CHC52021 at Victoria University (VU).

Building on your experience in service work and client support, you’ll discover new ways to make a genuine difference in the lives of individuals and families.

As a VU student, you’ll get real workplace experience in local community organisations. The practical experience you’ll gain on placement will set you up with the confidence for a successful career in community services – and placements often lead to paid roles.

In this community services course, you’ll focus on learning to deliver, manage, and coordinate programs for people with diverse needs. You’ll build skills including:

  • advocating for people who need support
  • counselling
  • facilitating group work.
NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To be awarded the CHC52021 Diploma of Community Services, a total of twenty (20) units of competency must be achieved, comprising of:

  • twelve (12) core units, and;
  • eight (8) elective units, of which:

  • at least six (6) must be the electives listed in Group A, B, C, D or E
  • up to two (2) may be from the training package or any endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

Fees & Scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.


Eligible students won’t be required to pay tuition fees for this course.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand in from Victorian employers.




As a community services worker, you’ll enjoy a rewarding and fulfilling career making a real difference to the lives of individuals and communities.

With this community services course, you’ll be ready to work in a variety of roles including:

  • homeless support worker
  • child protection worker
  • community services worker
  • family support worker
  • program facilitator
  • group facilitator
  • case worker.