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Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Community Rehabilitation) HLT43015

Make a difference by helping people to rehabilitate from injury or illness, and reintegrate into their community and social support circles, as a Community Rehabilitation Assistant.

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Allied Health Assistant +2
Open Colleges -  Course

Certificate IV in Disability CHC43115

The health and social assistance industry (which the disability care services sector is part of) is Australia’s largest and fastest growing industry; it expects an employment growth of 250,300 new positions by 2023. The National Disability Insurance Sc...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Disability Support Worker +8
Kirana Colleges -  Course

Certificate IV in Youth Work CHC40413

Open Colleges’ CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work will give you the skills, knowledge and qualification you need to step up and make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable young people (in general those who are 12 – 24 years of age). Lea...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Community Development Youth ... +7
Open Colleges -  Course

Dual Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs & Certificate IV in Mental Health CHC43215, CHC43315

This dual Certificate IV program will train you to assist people who are struggling with mental health, alcohol and drugs. You will graduate equipped to deliver treatment tailored to the individual, to improve their lives and give them hope for the fut...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Case Worker +10
Open Colleges -  Course

Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs CHC43215

This qualification could help you plan a career in a community services role that specialises in helping people deal with their drug and alcohol issues. It will prepare you to enter the workforce in a community services role and will give you the skill...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accommodation support worker +5
Upskilled -  Course
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Certificate IV in Ageing Support (VIC Only) CHC43015

This program will help you specialise in the booming Aged Care industry. Invest in your future developing the key skills and knowledge needed to become a valued asset to Australia’s ageing population. With a care focussed approach, we will help you to...

Study Method Blended, Virtual
Location Melbourne Victoria +2
Job Outcomes Accommodation support worker +5
TMG College Australia -  Course

Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs CHC43215

Get the targeted counselling skills you need to work with people who are struggling with drugs and alcohol, with Open Colleges’ CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs. Change lives by helping people through their struggles with alcohol and...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Case Worker +6
Open Colleges -  Course

Certificate IV in Community Services CHC42015

This is a broad-range qualification that will give you the skills to design and deliver person-centred services to people undertaking a community services program. Community Services is about improving the lives of people in need of support and it can...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Case Worker +5
National College Australia (NCA) -  Course

Certificate IV in Leisure and Health CHC43415

This course will prepare you for roles that involve the design, implementation and evaluation of recreational and health-related activities that enhance the well-being of people in the community. You’ll learn how to complete specialised tasks and funct...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Assistant in Nursing (AIN) +5
National College Australia (NCA) -  Course

Certificate IV in Ageing Support CHC43015

If you have a passion for working with our precious older population or are interested in pursuing a career in this well-needed field on a supervisory level this course is for you. The course can be done completely online from anywhere in Australia. Th...

Study Method Blended, Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Assistant hostel supervisor +8
Health Courses Australia -  Course

Certificate IV in Leisure and Health CHC43415

The activities that clients in the aged care, health, and community services sectors take part in can have an extremely positive impact on their daily lives. Get the skills to make a difference. As you progress through the course content, you’ll learn...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Activities Officer +10
Open Colleges -  Course

Certificate IV in Ageing Support (VIC Only) CHC43015

This qualification will develop your practical skills and knowledge to develop services and programs to meet the emotional, physical and social needs of people within an aged care or residential setting. You will learn how to design and deliver program...

Study Method Blended
Location Melbourne Victoria
Job Outcomes Aged Care Support Worker +3
Australian Healthcare Qualifications and Training -  Course

Certificate IV in Disability (VIC ONLY) CHC43115

The Certificate IV in Disability reflects the role of workers in a range of community settings and clients’ homes, who provide training and support in a manner that empowers people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-relia...

Study Method Blended, In-class
Location Melbourne Victoria +2
Job Outcomes Case Worker
All Health Training -  Course

Certificate IV in Disability (VIC ONLY) CHC43115

Make yourself a valuable employee with this certification in disability care. Whether you are looking to start a new career or increase your skills to a current employer, taking disability a care course is a great move. The National Disability Insuranc...

Study Method In-class
Location Melbourne Victoria
Job Outcomes Behavioural Support Officer +5
Nepean Industry Edge Training -  Course

Certificate IV in Ageing Support (VIC ONLY) CHC43015

Get the most sought after qualification in the caregiving industry. Aged care is a rapidly growing industry, thanks to an overall ageing population. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia has a larger proportion of the population b...

Study Method In-class
Location Melbourne Victoria
Job Outcomes Activities Officer +4
Nepean Industry Edge Training -  Course

Certificate IV in Disability (VIC ONLY) CHC43115

Great news, the Certificate IV in Disability has two intakes in 2020. One for those already employed in the industry (night classes) and one for those who are looking to enter the disability sector (day classes). For our daytime class, The Gordon will...

Study Method In-class
Location Melbourne Victoria
Job Outcomes Disability support team lead... +2
The Gordon Institute of TAFE -  Course

Certificate IV in Leisure and Health (VIC Only) CHC43415

Certificate Iv in Leisure and Health (CHC43415) reflects the role of workers participating in the design, implementation and evaluation of leisure, health activities and programs for clients in one or more sector areas. Workers may be in residential fa...

Study Method Blended, In-class
Location Melbourne Victoria +4
Job Outcomes Leisure and lifestyle coordi... +4
Hammond Institute -  Course

Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs (VIC Only) CHC43215

The Certificate IV Alcohol and Other Drugs will give you the primary knowledge, skills and experience required to work with people experiencing alcohol and other drug issues. Roles may include: AOD Clinician Outreach worker Case Manager Work is underta...

Study Method In-class
Location Geelong Victoria
Job Outcomes Community support worker +3
The Gordon Institute of TAFE -  Course

Certificate IV in Celebrancy (VIC ONLY) CHC41015

Perhaps someone close to you has asked you to act as celebrant at their wedding, or maybe you just love weddings and want to play a part in that very special occasion. We can help you take your first steps towards becoming a celebrant, as this course p...

Study Method In-class
Location Melbourne Victoria
Job Outcomes Marriage Celebrant +1
Nepean Industry Edge Training -  Course

Certificate IV in Youth Work (VIC ONLY) CHC40413

Would you like to become a professional youth worker in the community services sector? This course equips you with comprehensive skills and knowledge to work in a range of areas including community, government and education. The course will equip you w...

Study Method In-class
Location Geelong Victoria
Job Outcomes Youth case worker +3
The Gordon Institute of TAFE -  Course

About Community Services

Community Services courses cover a broad range of career possibilities, depending on your personal interests and skillset. There are a variety of courses available to suit those entering the workforce for the first time, professionals wanting to further their knowledge, or those wanting to give back to their community later in life.

Community workers support the most vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and communities. If you are committed to helping assist those who may be struggling in their everyday lives, you can build an extremely stable and highly fulfilling career. The industry of Community Services is currently thriving, with a healthy employment growth forecast – in particular, in the area of Aged Care and Disability.

Many of the community services courses offered, from TAFE Certificates to Bachelor’s Degrees, provide real on-the-job training, giving you a greater insight into the work. Placement options for graduates can range from housing and family violence support to disability, advocacy, and employment pathways.

What Are Some Community Services Career Outcomes?

A career in community services could see you assisting youth with financial and emotional problems, supervising offenders, working with disabled adults and children, or liaising with community groups and welfare agencies in need.

Here are some potential job titles:

  • Community Worker
  • Disabilities Services Officer
  • Family Support Worker
  • Parole or Probation Officer
  • Residential Care Officer
  • Youth Worker

What is the Job Outlook for Community Services Professionals?

If you’re considering a career in Community Services, here are some relevant figures.

  • Community Services employment growth is predicted to increase by 209,000 over the next 5 years.
  • The biggest area of growth is in the Aged and Disability sector with 179,000 new jobs opening up.
  • Average Salary for a Community Worker: $59,800
  • 84% of workers in the community service industries are female.

What Are the Different Types of Community Services Courses?

There are a variety of TAFE courses available for those looking to enter into the community services sector, or further their skillset. If you are looking to embark on a career for the first time in the industry, then an online TAFE certificate or Diploma may be suitable for you. And with a good selection to choose from, you can focus on a specific interest or area.

If you’re looking to take your commitment to work with the disadvantaged further, an undergraduate course can provide you with the best training for a highly successful career in the industry.

Certificate III

A Certificate III qualification will generally lead to career outcomes such as employment consultant in training, community care assistant/worker, or nursing assistant. These online TAFE courses are entry-level, and designed to provide you with an introduction into a specific area of community services. Generally, there are minimal to no prerequisites, and graduates will receive a nationally recognised qualification upon completion. Possible career outcomes include aged care worker, associate employment consultant, disability service officer and words person, just to name a few.

Certificate IV

A Certificate IV qualification can also cover a wide range of areas in the community services field. Students will gain an understanding in designing and delivering programs to improve an individual or community group’s wellbeing, as well as learning the fundamentals of working with the disadvantaged. Graduates with this level of qualification have the opportunity to embark on roles such as drug and alcohol worker, support worker, youth and family services officer or other similar positions.

Diploma

The nationally recognised qualification of a Diploma of Community Services is a more in-depth TAFE education. Delivered online, and typically with a work placement component, the qualification will prepare students for working with complex clients and communities in need. Those with prior experience in the community services sector may be eligible to receive credits for their experience. Graduates of this comprehensive course will be qualified to work as an early intervention worker, program coordinator, group facilitator, welfare worker and the like.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate qualifications such as a Bachelor of Community Services typically require students to commit to full-time internal studies over a longer period than that of a certificate or diploma. The entry requirement of this course is a Diploma which, in some cases, may provide first year credits. The undergraduate degree provides students a broad understanding of the community services sector as well as providing them with the skillset to work as an effective professional in the industry. This course is particularly beneficial for those wishing to further their career, with potential employment as a community centre manager or community services case manager.

Is Community Services right for you?

To be successful and enjoy working within the community services sector, you really need to be passionate about caring and assisting people to improve their lives. Workers within the field are often non-judgmental, warm-hearted and extremely trustworthy. If you do embody these traits, working as a professional in the industry can provide you with a great deal of personal satisfaction.

There are plenty of opportunities within the field for career progression, as well as stability, as highly skilled professionals are in demand. With a variety of areas you can focus on from aged care to child protection, there is scope for those to explore and alter their career path without necessarily undertaking further formal training.

It does, however, require you to have a strong character and emotional stability, particularly when it comes to dealing with difficult cases of violence, substance abuse, homelessness and child welfare.  A career in community services will provide you with the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

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