Community Services workers looking to gain the advanced skills necessary to move into more senior roles can complete this fully accredited industry-aligned course highly valued by employers in the sector.
CHC42021 Certificate IV in Community Services is designed for those who are passionate about working to support others in the communities in which they live. Building on your industry experience, this course will take you from the foundations of community services, through to more advanced practices and leadership skills. You will learn how to design and deliver person-centred services across a range of services including mental health, disability and child and youth services and provide support, advocacy or interventions to individual persons, groups and communities.
This course is particularly suited to those currently working in the Community Services sector who want to gain the advanced skills to further their professional and career development. At this level, workers may be autonomous with limited responsibility within established parameters and may supervise others. Work may take place in a range of community service, case work or case management contexts.
Community Services work is focused on advocating for the rights of individuals and communities and working to ensure the social and economic inclusion of all people. Community Services workers provide support, advocacy, interventions and referral for those in need of assistance. They link people with appropriate services, groups, communities and each other and are often distinguished by the client area within which they work. These may include aged care, disability services, child and family services, homelessness and social housing, youth work and others.
Key tasks may include:
This work is often undertaken through employment in community service agencies or government services. Workers will:
15 units of study – Seven core and eight elective units of competency. No pre-requisites.
The Australian Qualifications Framework determines that the duration of this qualification is 6 months – 2 years, however with both face-to-face training, and flexible online learning, learners are typically completing within the first 6 – 12 months. How quickly an individual is able to complete the course will depend on how fast they work through the content, their commitment to learning and their level of competence.
At least one unit in this qualification requires assessment in a workplace. Learners will need to gain a recommended 100 hours of workplace experience in order to complete practical components of this course.
Learners who are in full-time employment in community services may be able to meet the work experience requirements through their current role. Talk to our trainer to review your work history prior to commencing the course to see if your experience can be used to demonstrate the required competencies and satisfy work placement hours.
Learners who are not currently employed in a relevant community services organisation will need to find their own work experience placement with an organisation approved by Skills Generation. It is important to commence this process at the beginning of the course. Skills Generation staff and your trainer will be available to assist you to identify relevant organisations. You will be responsible for the cost of any travel and accommodation associated with work placement.
Please refer to the relevant Government website/s for the most up to date information regarding any restrictions and vaccination requirements that may be in place, please also be aware that work placement employers may have certain requirements in relation to vaccinations or other restrictions in addition to those mandated by government. If you have any questions regarding requirements for work placement, please contact Student Services [email protected]
On successful completion of this course you will receive the nationally recognised qualification:
CHC42021 Certificate IV in Community Services
The qualification is awarded by Skills Generation RTO 41008, with training and assessment delivered by Skills Generation or an approved Third Party training provider on behalf of Skills Generation.
The Commonwealth Government requires all learners undertaking nationally recognised, accredited training courses to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Learners are unable to enrol without their USI.
Current workers in a relevant industry may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL applies where you have workplace experience/competency that can be formally assessed against the units of competency in this course. If you wish to undertake an RPL process, please discuss with our Student Services enrolments team [email protected].
This course currently attracts government funding for eligible students. Students who access funded training pay a co-contribution fee that represents a small fraction of the total course fee!
Eligibility criteria for funding can be found on our Funding and Fees page or contact us to discuss your circumstances and determine your eligibility.
Students who are not eligible for subsidised training pay the full course fee.
Payment Plans are available through the PaySmart payment platform making it easy for students to make weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment instalments.
Skills Generation proudly partners with select Australian Universities to provide pathway options for university study. University pathways include guaranteed entry and credit for Skills Generation graduates of Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications.
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