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Certificate III in Individual Support (VIC Only) CHC33015

The Certificate III in Individual Support (VIC Only) from Melbourne College of Further Education can help provide you with the foundation for a successful career in the aged care, community services industry. You will learn about emerging trends and op...

Study Method Blended, In-class
Location Melbourne Victoria
Job Outcomes Personal Care Assistant +3
Melbourne College of Further Education -  Course

Certificate IV in Ageing Support (VIC Only) CHC43015

The Certificate IV in Ageing Support (VIC Only) from Australian Healthcare Qualifications and Training will help you realise your career dreams in aged care, community services. Become recognised in the aged care, community services industry with this...

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

This Certificate IV in Disability (VIC ONLY) from All Health Training could provide just the training you need to become qualified in community services. Discover more about our a Certificate IV in Disability (VIC ONLY) which will give you a Certificat...

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

Certificate III in Community Services (VIC ONLY) CHC32015 

Community Services roles are important in many businesses. A Certificate III in Community Services (VIC ONLY) from The Gordon Institute of TAFE gives you the tools to make a difference. A Certificate III qualification from The Gordon Institute of TAFE...

Study Method In-class
Location Geelong Victoria +1
Job Outcomes Community Health Support Wor... +4
The Gordon Institute of TAFE -  Course

Certificate IV in Celebrancy (VIC ONLY) CHC41015

By studying a Certificate IV in Celebrancy (VIC ONLY) you will be able to pick a career that sparks your passion for celebrancy, community services rather than just paying the bills! A Certificate IV qualification from Nepean Industry Edge Training can...

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

Certificate III in Individual Support (VIC ONLY) CHC33015

Angel Institute of Education’s Certificate III in Individual Support (VIC ONLY) is ideal for anyone looking to further a career in aged care, community services. Discover more about our a Certificate III in Individual Support (VIC ONLY) which will give...

Study Method In-class, Virtual
Location Melbourne Victoria
Job Outcomes Accommodation Support Worker +5
Angel Institute of Education -  Course

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) (VIC Only) CHC33015

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) (VIC Only) gives you a broad and targeted understanding in important aspects of the aged care, community services industry. a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) (VIC Only) will teach you ev...

Study Method Blended, Virtual
Location Melbourne Victoria +2
Job Outcomes Accommodation Support Worker +4
TMG College Australia -  Course

Certificate IV in Ageing Support (VIC Only) CHC43015

Job prospects data shows the demand for workers in the aged care, community services industry is ever increasing. Increase your employability by studying a Certificate IV in Ageing Support (VIC Only) from TMG College Australia. Become recognised in the...

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

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (VIC ONLY) CHC30113

Boost your career in child care, community services by studying this Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (VIC ONLY) from Nepean Industry Edge Training, a recognised training provider. Upon completion of this child care, community serv...

Study Method In-class
Location Melbourne Victoria
Job Outcomes Day Care Workers +1
Nepean Industry Edge Training -  Course

Certificate IV in Disability (VIC ONLY) CHC43115

The Certificate IV in Disability (VIC ONLY) from Nepean Industry Edge Training offers a comprehensive education for students wishing to pursue or further their career in community services, disability. Nepean Industry Edge Training is now offering this...

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

The Certificate IV in Ageing Support (VIC ONLY) gives you a diverse knowledge base in key areas of the aged care, community services industry. This Certificate IV in Ageing Support (VIC ONLY) from Nepean Industry Edge Training is a Certificate IV level...

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

Diploma of Leisure and Health (VIC Only) CHC53415

The Diploma of Leisure and Health (VIC Only) gives you a broad and targeted understanding in important aspects of the community services, health industry. A Diploma qualification from Hammond Institute can provide you with the ability to make your mark...

Study Method Blended, In-class
Location Melbourne Victoria +4
Job Outcomes Diversional Therapist +4
Hammond Institute -  Course

Certificate IV in Leisure and Health (VIC Only) CHC43415

This Certificate IV in Leisure and Health (VIC Only) from Hammond Institute could provide just the training you need to become qualified in community services, health. Become recognised in the community services, health industry with this Certificate I...

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

Certificate IV in Disability (VIC ONLY) CHC43115

The Certificate IV in Disability (VIC ONLY) from The Gordon Institute of TAFE will help you realise your career dreams in community services, disability. This Certificate IV in Disability (VIC ONLY) from The Gordon Institute of TAFE is a Certificate IV...

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

Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport (VIC ONLY) HLT31115

The Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport (VIC ONLY) by St John Ambulance Australia (VIC) provides essential skills, knowledge and understanding to ensure superior professional performance for a career in community services, health. Know y...

Study Method Virtual
Location Melbourne Victoria
Job Outcomes Case Worker +1
St John Ambulance Australia (VIC) -  Course

Diploma of Community Services (WA Only) CHC52015

Boost your career in community services by studying this Diploma of Community Services (WA Only) from TrainSmart Australia, a recognised training provider. Discover more about our a Diploma of Community Services (WA Only) which will give you a Diploma...

Study Method In-class, Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Community Development Office... +4
TrainSmart Australia -  Course

Diploma of Community Services CHC52015

The Diploma of Community Services targets the skills and capabilities required of people wishing to work and progress in the community services industry. The community services world offers exciting and rewarding careers for people with initiative, tal...

Study Method In-class, Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Caseworker or manager +8
Sarina Russo Institute -  Course

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) CHC33015

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) gives you a broad and targeted understanding in important aspects of the aged care, community services, health industry. Upon completion of this aged care, community services, health training course fr...

Study Method Blended, Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Assistant in nursing +6
Health Courses Australia -  Course

Certificate IV in Ageing Support CHC43015

Boost your career in aged care, community services, health by studying this Certificate IV in Ageing Support from Health Courses Australia, a recognised training provider. By completing the Certificate IV in Ageing Support from Health Courses Australia...

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

Diploma of Counselling CHC51015

Community Services, Counselling roles are important in many businesses. A Diploma of Counselling from Health Courses Australia gives you the tools to make a difference. a Diploma of Counselling will teach you everything you need to know about community...

Study Method Blended, Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Registered counsellor +4
Health Courses Australia -  Course

Are you passionate about helping others? Do you want to make the world a better place? Community services workers improve lives by working directly with people, or indirectly by working in the organisations that support them.

By completing a nationally-recognised community service course, you can demonstrate that you have the right skills and abilities and that you’re ready for the job.

Job prospects

  • According to the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website, Community Services is a large occupation, with 52,300 workers and very strong predicted growth of 40,000 job openings in the next five years. Job prospects are excellent for major cities. Workers are also in demand in rural and regional areas. Victoria has a share of 23.1% of all workers compared to 25.5% of all occupations, coming in second nationally.

 

What do Community Services Workers do?

  • Listening to clients and assessing their needs and difficulties
  • Monitoring and reporting on the progress of clients
  • Referring clients to agencies that can provide additional help
  • Evaluating community need and resources for health, welfare, housing, employment, training and other facilities and services
  • Liaising with community groups, welfare agencies, government bodies and private businesses about community issues and promoting awareness of community resources and services
  • Supporting families and providing education and care for children and disabled persons in adult service units, group housing and government institutions
  • Supervising offenders on probation and parole
  • Assisting young people to solve social, emotional and financial problems
  • Preparing submissions for funding and resources, and reports to government bodies and other agencies

 

Who employs community services workers?

Many workers choose to work in non-profit organisations that work directly in the community. Others prefer the security of a government job, usually providing human services. The private sector employs workers in places like community development organisations, welfare centres, social enterprises, neighbourhood houses, emergency relief agencies, home and community care organisations, and residential care facilities.

 

Jobs

Some of the job titles in the community services industry are:

  • Alcohol and Drug Officer
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Community Development Officer
  • Community Support Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Crisis Intervention Worker
  • Disability Services Officer
  • Juvenile Justice Officer
  • Multicultural Support Officer
  • Residential Care Officer
  • Welfare Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Parole or Probation Officer
  • Residential Care Officer

 

Career pathways

Community services workers usually need either a Diploma, an Advanced Diploma or an Associate Degree to work in the field, or 3 years of relevant experience. Around 2 out of 5 workers hold a Bachelor degree or Post-Graduate Diploma, the most common being the Bachelor of Human Services and the Bachelor of Social Science.

Another 2 of 5 hold a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. The most common of these is a Diploma of Community Services Work, though many other qualifications target more specific parts of the sector such as drug and alcohol support services.

 

Community Services Courses Online

Experience in the community services field is a crucial part of training, and even courses which are otherwise wholly online will have a placement component of 400 hours. An in-person or blended approach, with a little of both, could also work well if you prefer to set your own pace or study remotely.

 

Is Community Services work right for you?

Excellent people skills are essential for this profession, as are organizational and planning abilities. Just as critical, however, is an understanding of the inequalities of society and a desire to change things for the better. Does this sound like you? If it does, a career in community services could be a great fit.

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