Community Services

CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

The CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services qualification will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work as a qualified professional in the community services sector. Community Services Workers, work in a variety of roles and use their knowledge, skills and values to facilitate positive change and support the social and economic inclusion of individuals, families and groups within our communities. At this level, workers have specialised skills, in-depth knowledge of the sector and may work in roles where they have responsibility for the supervision and coordination of other workers, volunteers and programs.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services may gain employment as a community services worker in a variety of community organisations.

Study Pathways

Completing the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services is a pathway to a UTAS qualification.

Location, dates and times

Clarence Campus

  • Next Intake:  6 February 2020 to 4 December 2021 (2 year course)
  • Duration:  Timetabled Classes: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9.00am – 3.00pm. Work placement: Block placement is arranged by TasTAFE with a Community Organisation. (NB: Work placement days, and the start and finish times may vary)
  • Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) Accreditation is applied to the course in Hobart only

Information Sessions, followed by literacy and numeracy assessment

Clarence Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 11.30am to 1.30pm
Room D1.04, D Block, 4a Bounty Street, Warrane
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Clarence Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 3pm to 5pm
Room D1.04, D Block, 4a Bounty Street, Warrane
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Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:  4 February 2020 to 4 December 2021
  • Duration:  Timetabled Classes: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.00am – 3.00pm. Work placement: Block placement is arranged by TasTAFE with a Community Organisation. (NB: Work placement days, and the start and finish times may vary)

Information Sessions, followed by literacy and numeracy assessment

Alanvale Thursday, 28 November 2019, 10am to 12pm
C Block, 54A Alanvale Road, Newnham
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Alanvale Thursday, 28 November 2019, 2pm to 4pm
C Block, C Block, 54A Alanvale Road, Newnham
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Burnie Campus

  • Next Intake:  10 February 2021 to 4 December 2022
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

NB: Days, times and dates may be subject to change

Trainees and Apprentices  

  • Rolling intake
  • Duration:  3 years part time from the commencement of the enrolment start date.

Learning Options

On Campus Delivery – participation in timetabled workshops at TasTAFE.

  • Classroom/Work Placement/simulated work environment (combination of classroom and work placement and simulation)

Trainees, Apprentices – As a trainee, apprentice you will be working on the job.

  • Workplace (On the job training and assessment) through recognition

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may include:

  • Written Questions
  • Scenarios
  • Performance Tasks
  • Observations Checklist
  • Third Party Reports

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

Eligible Diploma and Advanced Diploma students who are unable to pay tuition fees up front are able to defer fees under the VET Student Loans scheme. Further details are available at our VET Student Loans page.

What will I need to bring?

Students will need to provide the following, which includes.

  • Folder
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • USB

Are there any ‘other’ costs’?

A working Vulnerable People registration ($19)
A Tasmanian National Police Check ($45.00)

In each delivery area we may have the opportunity to attend optional professional development training relating to community services. Each region will advise you of the additional cost associated with professional development training

Work Placements, Licensing and Other Requirements

All Community Services Workers must meet the qualification requirements set by industry standards.

  • A National Police Check is required
  • A Working with Vulnerable People Card is required

TasTAFE teachers will negotiate and arrange work placements and or work placement projects with Community organisations for students. (NB Work placement days and start and finish times may vary)

Desirable Skills and Attributes

The following skills and attributes will be useful to students studying this course;

  • Develop skills to provide direction and leadership to others
  • Competent use a computer for that may also include tables and diagrams.
  • Ability to produce and present word-processed documents/reports.
  • Ability to obtain, interpret, evaluate and present information from a variety of sources (reading or the internet or via other assistive technology)
  • Ability to gather, interpret and present simple numerical data
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with others
  • Communicate ideas
  • Organise others / group or team co-ordination
  • Manage conflict / solve problems in a constructive manner
  • Participate in the development of strategic initiatives
  • Present information verbally to a group

Information, Literacy and Numeracy

Community and Children’s Services use an information and literacy and numeracy assessment process which aims to ensure that each person has sufficient information to make an informed course choice and starts at a level which is appropriate for them.

Students will need to attend and participate in both Information and literacy and numeracy sessions which involve the following:

  • Completion of the literacy and numeracy assessment pack. This is a requirement for entry into our courses and takes 30-60 minutes.
  • Support is available for candidates who require assistance. Please advise us prior to attending the session if you require support, so that support staff are aware and available to assist on the day.

A Letter of Offer will be sent via email to successful candidates within 5-10 days.

If we are unable to offer a place in the desired qualification, candidates will receive a letter via email outlining alternative options and courses.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services students will receive a certificate for the completion of all the 16 units required for the qualification. Students who wish to exit prior to completing their full qualification will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for partial completion of their qualification for the units they have achieved a (CP) competency or (RCP) Recognition of Current Competency result.

Qualification Requirements

To achieve a CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services, 16 units must be successfully completed. These include eight core units and eight electives. Electives are selected based on industry and/or employer consultation.


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