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Diploma of Community Services

What is Diploma of Community Services?

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. 

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.

 How much does it cost?

Most of our courses are funded courses through the Skilled Capital funding initiative of ACT Government. If you are eligible for Skilled Capital the cost is $600. If you are not eligible and you are a full fee paying student, then the cost is $8000.

What jobs can I get?

When you complete your Diploma you can find work in many different places;

  • Case Manager
  • Support Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Community Worker
  • Case Worker
  • Personal Carer
  • Care and Protection Worker
  • Care Coordinator
  • Employment Consultant

All students can come into our classrooms at any time after their scheduled workshops for one on one tuition if they require extra support to complete the assessments. 

Do I need any previous training?

No. You do not need any previous training, however, if you do not already hold a Certificate IV in a related field, we will only accept experienced Community Service workers who have been working for a minimum of one year in the community sector on this course.

 

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN)

Every student must do a LLN check before we enrol you on the course. Diploma courses are designed to prepare you for a coordinator role in the sector. You must be able to read and critically analyse complex documents such as relevant national legislations and pass on that information to your staff. You will also most likely have to write formal reports for management and research difficult topics.

 

How is the training delivered?

This course is delivered online only. You will receive a login and password and access to our online E-learning platform. You will be assigned a highly experienced trainer who you can contact via email to help you with any questions you may have. You can also come into Quest any time to have a chat with our trainers in person


Course Duration

How long it takes to complete all of the requirements to receive your certificate depends on many factors. On average, it takes about one year from enrolment to the final submission of your assessments. Some students with extensive previous work experience can complete in a minimum of 8-12 weeks, but this is very rare. Some students can take a maximum of 2 years to receive their certificate. It simply depends on your commitment and the time you have available to study.

What will I be learning?

To be successful in the course you must finish 16 subjects called Units of Competency (UOC). There are 8 core units and 8 elective units. Below is a description of the core units;

8 Core Units:

  • CHCCCS007 - Develop and implement service programs.
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to engage consumers, analyse service needs of particular groups and develop programs and services to meet those needs. This unit applies to workers coordinating or managing teams and operations in varied service delivery contexts.
  • CHCCOM003 - Develop workplace communication strategies
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop communication protocols for a team or business unit. This unit applies to workers responsible for overseeing the communication of organisation-specific information to a range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • CHCDEV002 - Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
  • This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to function independently and to plan and undertake community work and associated services. This includes application of knowledge of the broad social and cultural context in which work is planned and implemented in the community services industry. This unit applies to workers who seek to better understand their client groups and issues that impact on the lives of their clients and hence on their delivery of service
  • CHCDIV003 - Manage and promote diversity
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and promote diversity in the workplace, and to contribute to the planning of diversity policies and procedures. This may apply to internal work practices or external service delivery. This unit applies to individuals working in any type of leadership role across all industry sectors.
  • CHCLEG003 - Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research information about compliance and ethical practice responsibilities, and then develop and monitor policies and procedures to meet those responsibilities. This unit applies to people working in roles with managerial responsibility for legal and ethical compliance in small to medium sized organisations. There may or may not be a team of workers involved.
  • CHCMGT005 - Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
  • This unit describes the knowledge and skills required by the worker to develop, implement and review formal skills development/maintenance plans with a person with a disability. This unit may apply to work with people with disability in a range of community service contexts
  • CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development. This unit applies to workers in all industry sectors who take pro-active responsibility for their own professional development.
  • HLTWHS004 - Manage work health and safety
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area, according to WHS legislative requirements. This unit applies to workers who have responsibility for WHS as part of their role, including workers with obligations under WHS legislation, persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs), or their officers (as defined by relevant legislation).

8 Elective Units:

Case Management

  • CHCCCS004 - Assess co-existing needs
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess the diverse and multi-faceted needs of people and determine both internal and external services required to meet those needs
  • CHCCSM004 - Coordinate complex case requirements
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to coordinate multiple service requirements for clients with complex needs within a case management framework. Workers at this level work under supervision within established guidelines but take on a team leadership role in the coordination of services and service providers. 
  • CHCCSM005 - Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake case management meetings to plan, monitor and review service provision.  Workers at this level work autonomously and are responsible for own outputs within organisation guidelines
  • CHCCSM006 - Provide case management supervision
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge to take a leadership role in the delivery of quality case management. This includes disseminating information and providing advice on practice issues relating to case management within the organisation.
  • CHCDIS005 - Develop and provide person-centred service responses
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop, implement and monitor service responses with a person with disability. Work is undertaken within a legislative and ethical framework to ensure the provision of high quality, person-centred service delivery which supports the person’s aspirations, needs, rights and interests
  • CHCDIS008 - Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and facilitate person-centred strategies for participation in various community settings, functions and activities to enhance the psychosocial well being and lifestyle of a person with disability.
  • CHCDIS010 - Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex or special support needs under the supervision of a relevant professional.
  • CHCMHS001 - Work with people with mental health issues
  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish relationships, clarify needs, and then work collaboratively with people who are living with mental health issues.

 

Assessment

Every unit will require you to do some form of assessment. You do not get a grade like A+ or C- but you will be marked with either Competent or Not Yet Competent. You will get chances to repeat things if you get Not Yet Competent.

You may have to write answers to questions from the course books or you may have to take some tests. You will also have to actually demonstrate you can do certain things as well. For example you will have to correctly use a lifter and transfer a real person from a bed to a wheelchair in front of the trainer.

The study you will have to do is not very difficult BUT you must be able to do it well because after the course you will be caring for people and hopefully supervising staff who will rely on you to keep them and others safe and healthy.

 

Workplace observation

Apart from theory questions you are to answer online, each student is required to complete 100 hours of workplace observations to ensure that you are able to do the practical components of the course. You will receive the observation booklet via email after commencement of the online training.