In-Service Programs for existing community service/mental health workers
Are you currently working in the community service or mental health sectors? If YES then you may be eligible for our In-Service Program.
This program is offered to students in the South.
What is an In-Service Program?
In-Service Programs are designed specifically for people who are working in the sector and who wish to complete a qualification via a flexible pathway option. We understand that workers are busy and often do not have the time or inclination to attend weekly classes. Instead we provide In-Service students with all the learning and assessment resources needed to complete their studies via a blended-delivery mode.
Students are allocated a liaison teacher who will work with them and be the key contact for any queries or support needs.
What qualifications are offered through the TasTAFE In-Service Program?
In-Service programs include the following:
- CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services
- CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health
- CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services
Additional information about each qualification is included below.
Dates and Times
Workers in the Community Services and Mental Health sectors can enrol throughout the year. If an application meets the course criteria the applicant will be invited to attend an interview with a TasTAFE teacher. To be eligible students must be currently working in the community service or mental health sectors, demonstrate the ability to study and meet the demands of the units/qualification and have IT skills required for the online component.
The application process is easy! Interested applicants can apply for a place by completing the attached application form, attaching supporting information and submitting via the public website (firstname.lastname@example.org). A TasTAFE teacher will make contact to discuss and assess the application.
Please note: whilst in-service applications are accepted all year round placements in these programs may need to be capped dependant on current resources and enrolment numbers.
The time taken to complete each qualification will vary but as a guide students enrolling in a Certificate IV program could expect to complete in 12-18 months and students enrolling in a Diploma program 12-24 months. At the time of enrolment your liaison teacher will negotiate a Training Plan with you that lists the start and completion dates for each unit or cluster of units to help keep you on track with your studies.
Students who are eligible for Credit Transfer (i.e. have already completed the unit) or Recognition of Prior Learning can expect to complete their program in a shorter timeframe.
Our In-Service Program is designed as a flexible, individualised program. We offer a blended delivery model that includes on-the-job learning, online learning and assessment activities, and professional development workshops. Students are provided access to the extensive array of hardcopy and electronic resources available through the TasTAFE library.
Each student is allocated a liaison teacher who visits students in their workplace a minimum of three times per year to complete learning and assessment activities.
Professional development workshops are run from the Clarence Campus 3-4 times per year. These half day or full day workshops cover key topics relevant to the Community Services and Mental Health sectors, include industry guest speakers and provide students with an opportunity to develop professional networks with other workers across the sector.
Students are provided access to the online learning platform where they access a range of reading materials, videos and other resources.
Our flexible delivery mode enables students to study on the days and times that suits them!
A combination of assessment methods is used to assess competence. Methods may include written question/answer tasks, case studies, research projects, practical tasks and work samples and workplace testimonials from supervisors/managers.
Each unit or cluster of units has an Assessment Package which outlines the required assessment tasks.
Existing workers may already have skills and experience relevant to one or more of the units they are enrolled in. TasTAFE offers a recognition of prior learning process. For In-Service students, this would include looking at other forms of evidence such as workplace documents, employer/supervisor reports, evidence of previous training, observations of skills and participating in a competency conversation with a teacher. Recognition of prior learning must be conducted with the same rigour as any other form of assessment.
The attached link provides additional information – http://www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/recognition/
Fees and Payments
- Students enrolling in the Diploma of Community Services may be eligible for a VET Student Loan .
- A $100 materials fee is also payable per In-Service Program. This covers the costs of learning materials and specialised guest speakers/workshops.
For details on Fees and Payments please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/fees-and-payments/ .
Below you will find specific information about each of the In-Service Programs.
CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services
This qualification reflects the role of community service workers who design and deliver person-centred services to individuals and/or groups. Workers may provide support, advocacy or interventions to individual clients, groups or communities across a range of services.
At this level, workers may be autonomous with limited responsibility within established parameters and may be required to supervise and lead other workers in projects or teams. Work may take place in a range of community service, case work or case management contexts.
This qualification consists of 15 units – 7 core units and 8 elective units. Click on the following flyer to view the units offered in this In-Service Program – Information Flyer.
This qualification would suit:
- People who work in community services and who want to gain a qualification and have their skills and experience recognised.
- People who work in community services and have previously completed a Certificate III in Community Services.
- People who work in one part of the community service sector and who would like to develop skills in new areas for employment opportunities (e.g. case management, mental health, alcohol and other drugs).
- People who work in community services who want to progress to a Diploma level qualification. The Certificate IV qualification is a pathway to the Diploma. Students who hold the Certificate IV are eligible for Credit Transfers towards to the Diploma.
CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health
This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work involves implementing community based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work is undertaken in a range of community contexts such as community based non-government organisations; home based outreach; centre-based programs; respite care; residential services, rehabilitation programs; clinical settings; or supporting people in employment. Work is carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals.
This qualification consists of 15 units – 11 core units and 4 elective units. Click on the following flyer to view the units offered in this In-Service Program – Information Flyer.
This qualification would suit:
- People who work in mental health services and who want to gain a qualification and have their skills and experience recognised.
- People who work in the mental health sector and who hold other generalist qualifications and want a specialist mental health qualification.
- People who work in mental health services and have previously completed a Certificate III in Community Services.
- People who work in the mental health sector who want to progress to a Diploma level qualification. The Certificate IV qualification is a pathway to the Diploma.
CHC52015 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.
This qualification consists of 16 units – 8 core units and 8 elective units. Click on the following flyer to view the units offered in this In-Service Program – Information Flyer.
This qualification would suit:
- People who currently work in leadership and management roles in the Community Service sector and who want to gain a qualification and have their skills and experience recognised.
- People who work in the sector and who have complete the Certificate IV in Community Services.
- People who work in the sector and who aspire to leadership and management roles.
This qualification is management focused therefore students must be able to complete a range of assessment tasks that require them to ‘manage’, ‘lead’, ‘develop’ and ‘coordinate’ workplace activities.