Top 3 skills you will achieve:
- Communicating in a community services context
- Engaging in advocacy
- Managing cases
Certificate IV in Community Services Work
Build on your existing skills to provide services and interventions to clients in a range of community services organisations such as community based organisations, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services. At this level you may have supervisory responsibilities.
|Course Code:||D284 (National ID: CHC40708)|| |
|Careers:||Welfare Worker, Counsellor|| |
Six months (1 semester) full time.
|How:||Full time, Apprenticeship/Traineeship, Work based|| |
|Where:||LEEDERVILLE CAMPUSRICHMOND STREETLEEDERVILLE6007|| |
|Intake:||Semester 1, Semester 2|| |
|International study available:||Yes|| |
|Online study available:||No|| |
|Uni pathway available:||Yes|| |
About the course Ask us a question about this course
This qualification will further your skills in developing services and programs to meet your clients needs. You'll learn about advanced communication, group work, how to design and deliver programs that enhance community participation and the legal and ethical responsibilities and requirements for working in community services.
As part of this qualification you will undertake a supervised work placement where you will be able to apply the skills and knowledge you have learned.
If you enjoy helping people and like working in a team then a career in community services could be for you. All of Central's Community Service qualifications have flexible training delivery modes and the option to study on the job. This means you get the most relevant skills and the opportunity to form industry contacts. There is also an ongoing skill shortage in this industry so employment prospects are high.
View our brochure to see the career pathways for our community services courses.
Where this course can lead you
With one or more of the Community Services qualifications from Central Institute of Technology, your opportunities are endless. You could find yourself working in community services, youth work, aged care, disability, children's services and/or juvenile justice. This industry is currently experiencing a skill shortage so employment prospects after you leave Central are positive.
Your Certificate IV in Community Services Work prepares you for roles such as:
Your Certificate IV in Community Services Work opens the door for further qualifications at Central such as the Diploma of Community Services Work. With this qualification you'll be able to take on specialised and managerial roles.
Skills you will gain from this course
Central's community services qualifications provide you with skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
Engage in advanced communication in a community services context
Engage in group work
Provide community information to others
Design and deliver programs that are accessible and enhance community participation
Understand and adhere to legal and ethical requirements
Your Certificate IV in Community Services Work gives you the skills to begin an exciting career in community services or for further study at Central. The Diploma of Community Services Work will increase your skills in management and the service delivery of community services organisations.
Connected with industry
We ensure our industry partners are involved in the development of our courses and curriculum, so the skills you obtain are relevant in the workforce. We work with over 60 community services agencies throughout the metropolitan area. They include youth support centres, women’s refuges, drug and alcohol support services, mental health support agencies, aged care and disability agencies, family support services, migrant support services, prison and outcare services and support groups.
Central's focus on industry relevancy means practical course content geared towards getting you a career. It also means you have an opportunity to network with professionals who could increase your chances of employment during or after study.
At Central, experienced community services workers are our lecturers. So you’ll be gaining the best experience possible from the people who have done exactly what you want to do. We have also assessed the practices this industry uses and replicated it within Central so when you graduate, you'll be working in a familiar environment.
Our Community Services
Aged and Community Services WA
have a memorandum of understanding with Central as their preferred training provider.
Students have found work at Nulsen both during and post-study.
Your Certificate IV may be able to get you into one of WA’s universities. How? If you build on your Certificate IV with a Diploma or Advanced Diploma you may be eligible for guaranteed or TISC entry plus credit transfers for the units you've already studied.
You may also apply for recognition of prior learning at the university of your choice where you may meet the basic entry requirements of the course of your interest (enquire at the university for information on RPL).
|Plan:||D284 - CU1304 - PSC|| |
|Description:||Complete 14 units: 9 core and 5 elective units|| |
Title: GROUP 02 - ELECTIVE UNITS
Description: Learners to complete five (5) elective units. Elective units are to be negotiated between Central Institute of Technology, employer and employee.
|D2543||CHCGROUP403D||Plan and conduct group activities|
|D8283||HLTHIR404D||Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people|
|WC805||CHCCD401E||Support community participation|
|WC844||CHCCS401C||Facilitate responsible behaviour|
|WC970||CHCPOL402C||Contribute to policy development|
|WC971||CHCPOL403C||Undertake research activities|
|WD312||HLTWHS300A||Contribute to WHS processes|
|WD313||HLTWHS401A||Maintain workplace WHS processes|
Title: GROUP 01 - CORE UNITS
Description: Learners to complete nine (9) core units
|D2313||CHCCOM403A||Use targeted communication skills to build relationships|
|D8281||HLTHIR403C||Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers|
|D8547||CHCCD412B||Work within a community development framework|
|WC821||CHCCHILD401B||Identify and respond to children and young people at risk|
|WC843||CHCCS400C||Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework|
|WC847||CHCCS411C||Work effectively in the community sector|
|WC848||CHCCS412E||Deliver and develop client services|
|WC854||CHCCS422B||Respond holistically to client issues and refer appropriately|
|WC954||CHCORG405E||Maintain an effective work environment|
Apprenticeships and Traineeships
An apprenticeship or traineeship is a structured employment based training program that allows you to have a job and be paid while you learn. In most instances practical experience at work is combined with complementary off-the-job training provided by Central Institute of Technology.
Apprenticeships lead to trade certification and nationally recognised qualifications.
Traineeships focus on entry level training in non-trade areas and lead to nationally-recognised qualifications. Some school based traineeships are available to year 11 and 12 students who combine part time work with secondary studies via an approved training schedule. Apprenticeships and Traineeships are not available as an option for International students.
Please Note: The process for actually getting into an apprenticeship/traineeship (which involves finding an employer) is very different to the application process for normal study.
Information for international students
Requirements for this course
You will need to obtain a Police Clearance from your home country. Students will complete 100 hours of structured work placement in a community services agency.
Completion of Certificate III in Community Services Work.
Studying as an international student at Central
Central is one of Australia's largest VET colleges, and trains around 1700 international students from more than 85 countries each year. In 2010, we were the inaugural winner of Western Australia's International Training Provider of the Year award and were again given this award in 2011 and 2013.
Our campuses are conveniently located near the centre of Perth's CBD, making them easy to access via public transport. Central boasts excellent state of the art facilities and resources and a friendly, safe and secure learning environment.
As a graduate, you are ensured direct pathways to further qualifications at Western Australian universities, or alternatively, the job ready skills you need to succeed in your career straight away.
We offer a dedicated International Centre which is focused on servicing International students, helping you with your personal and academic needs. Staff offer friendly, specialised support and guidance from your initial contact through to your graduation, to ensure that your experience at Central is enjoyable and rewarding.
Visit our international pages to find out more about studying at Central and life in Perth.
Find out from international students about their experiences studying at Central.
Find out about applying to study at Central as an International student.
Courses available to international students at Central are delivered in partnership with Education and Training International RTO Provider No: 52395 CRICOS Provider Code: 00020G
Getting into this course
In order to gain entry into this course you must demonstrate developed communication skills.
This conversion table explains the grades you need to have obtained at a high school level to meet this entry level requirement.
Entry into Apprenticeships & Traineeships
The process for gaining a traineeship or an apprenticeship is quite different to entry into a full time or part time course studied on campus. The first, and most important, requirement is for you to find an employer who will take you on. With this employer you will then set up a training contract which specifies your work, your training and the length of time you will be contracted for. Training will be a combination of "on the job" training and in class study. One of the best places to start looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship is the ApprentiCentre. They can be also be called on 13 19 54.
The Application Process
The process for applying for a course at Central depends on whether you are a local or international student and the way that you will be studying: full time, part time, as an apprentice or trainee.
Our future students area of the website includes a handy guide to help you through the process depending on what type of student you are, and how you are planning on studying.
Visit our apply, enrol and pay guide
Recognition of Prior Learning
Do you have existing skills? Whether obtained through paid or voluntary work, training or other experiences, you may be able to fast track your study by applying for recognition of prior learning, often referred to as RPL.
Find out more here
Domestic full time students
Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees. Tuition fees are calculated according to the course hours for each unit. The resource fees cover the materials and services required to complete a unit.
Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. You may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.
Tuition fees:Semester 1, 2014 approximate tuition fee: $1658 Whole course approximate tuition fee based on 1 semesters: $1658
Resource fees:Semester 1, 2014 approximate resource fee: $288
Total semester fees:Approximate cost for Semester 1, 2014 (tuition + resource): $1947
Please note these figures are based on full time study mode. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.
Paying your fees:Both tuition and resource fees for the upcoming semester should be paid in full at the time of enrolment. Find out how and where to pay for your course
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a concession (50% of the tuition fees).
This course is also eligible for VET FEE-HELP. This is a Government loan program that helps you with your fees so you can pay them off slowly by instalments.
Find out more about VET FEE-HELP
Find out more about financial assistance
International students:The total course cost for international students is $5,700. You will need to pay your course fees to ETI when you accept your offer.
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