Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015)

Qualification: Diploma
Course Code: CHC52015
Study mode: Online
Payment options: VET FEE-HELP may be available
Payment plan
Upfront payment
Duration: 96 weeks part-time, 192 weeks full-time
Start date: Monthly start dates
Awarded by: Australian Institute of Applied Sciences (RTO 5806)
Course fees: Price may vary
This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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About this course

If you're passionate about making a difference in the world, then a career in community services could be for you! Study the Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015) online through AIAS and ready yourself to become an agent of change.

Learn how to work with a diverse range of individuals and community groups, delivering services such as case management, client development and client advocacy. A practical workplace component will ensure you get firsthand experience putting your education into practice, giving you the confidence to pursue work in community services.

Work placement

You will be required to complete a minimum of 200 hours of mandatory work placement in order to gain essential hands-on experience. You can complete your placement at an AIAS student clinic, or in a suitable workplace environment.


To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Provide a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (i.e. a Year 12 qualification); OR
  • Demonstrate that you have the capacity to successfully complete this course by achieving an Exit Level 3 score within the Australian Core Skills Framework assessments in reading and mathematics. This will be demonstrated through two short tests as a part of the enrolment process.

You will also be required to submit a current Working with Children Check and a National Police Check in order to participate in the work placement component of this course.

Areas of study

In this community services course, the units of competency you may study include:

  • CHCCCS007 - Develop and implement service programs
  • CHCCOM003 - Develop workplace communication strategies
  • CHCDEV002 - Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
  • CHCDIV003 - Manage and promote diversity
  • CHCLEG003 - Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCMGT005 - Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
  • CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • HLTWHS004 - Manage work health and safety
  • CHCCDE011 - Implement community development strategies
  • CHCADV002 - Provide advocacy and representation services
  • CHCDEV001 - Confirm client development status
  • CHCCCS004 - Assess co-existing needs
  • CHCCSM005 - Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
  • CHCCSL001 - Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
  • CHCCCS018 - Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015) from the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences (AIAS).

With this qualification under your belt, you will have the skills and experience to pursue employment in a range of settings, including both public and private health organisations. You may consider seeking roles such as community educator, welfare worker or intake officer and join an industry that has plenty of opportunities for growth and professional development.

This course is also an ideal pathway into university study. Graduates of this course can look to study a Bachelor of Human Services or a Bachelor of Social Work at a number of universities around Australia.

Finance options

You may be eligible to receive a VET FEE-HELP loan for this diploma, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Enquire now for more information and to see if you meet eligibility criteria.

AIAS also offers flexible payment plans to help make studying more affordable.

View the tuition fees for 2016 here.

You may be eligible to receive VET FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the VET FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
RTO 5806
The Australian Institute of Applied Sciences (AIAS) is a leading tertiary education provider specialising in vocational education. With a focus on career training, AIAS provides a broad range of courses in areas including natural medicine, beauty therapy, allied health and massage. AIAS offers its nationally recognised courses online/by correspondence so you can study at your own pace, where and when you want. If you prefer to learn on campus, you can do so at AIAS’s state-of-the-art campuses in Brisbane or Melbourne, or choose to study by a combination of on-campus and distance components. All AIAS courses are accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority and meet the requirements of the VET Quality Framework.

Campus locations
Brisbane – 337 Logan Rd, Greenslopes QLD 4120
Melbourne – Level 1, 30 Church Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Perth – 170 Wellington St, East Perth QA 6004
Adelaide – 88 Currie St, Adelaide SA 5000
As an AIAS student you will be given access to the Basic Skill Key Builder, an approved online learning platform that creates individualised learning plans, houses interactive learning resources, and features tailored support tutorials.

AIAS is also dedicated to creating an inclusive, caring and flexible learning environment that’s responsive to your individual needs. Services include free counselling sessions, support services for students with disabilities, and classes for students looking to improve their reading, writing, English language and numeracy skills.

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