In a nutshell
This online Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015) course, offered through Open Colleges in partnership with Integrated Care & Management Training, is a nationally recognised accreditation that will qualify you to work in the community services sector.
The course has a strong focus on equipping students with advocacy and case management skills, enabling them to work with a variety of complex clients and cases.Through the course’s comprehensive syllabus, students will be given a mix of theoretical and practical skills. Students will learn how to support community leadership, provide intervention strategies for clients with mental health and drug issues, and identify children at risk.
The structured workplace learning component will also give students the opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job training. Upon completion of the course, graduates will be able to work in roles such as social welfare worker, case manager and family services coordinator.
As part of this course, you must complete 160 hours of structured workplace learning, supervised by a qualified staff member. If you choose to you can complete your work placement in Fiji!
Open Colleges have partnered with Action for Children and the Aged (ACATA) Trust Fiji to offer students of the Diploma of Community Services the opportunity to complete their required work placement hours over the course 2 weeks in Fiji. You’ll have the chance to volunteer in Fijian communities promoting healthy lifestyles and eating habits to influence the health of children and the aged if you choose to.
What you’ll need
To be eligible for this course you must:
- Have successfully completed English at Year 12 level; OR
- Have successfully completed a nationally recognised training qualification at certificate III or higher; OR
- Have at least three years' experience in a role that requires written communication and documentation.
In this community services course, the subjects you will study include:
- CHCDIV003 – Manage and promote diversity
- CHCCOM003 – Develop workplace communication strategies
- CHCCCS007 – Develop and implement service programs
- CHCDEV002 – Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
- CHCLEG003 – Manage legal and ethical compliance
- CHCMGT005 – Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
- HLTWHS004 – Manage work health and safety
- CHCCSM005 – Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
- CHCDEV001 – Confirm client developmental status
- CHCCW503A – Work intensively with clients
- CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
- CHCCSL001 – Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
- CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and improve own professional practice
- CHCCSM006 – Provide case management supervision
- BSBFIM501A – Manage budgets and financial plans
- BSBPMG522A – Undertake project work
Why Open Colleges?
Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. All courses are delivered by correspondence, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.