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Get a head start to a career in social and community services

Set yourself up for a rewarding career working as a professional community services worker with individuals, families and groups.

The community services sector offers a diverse range of job opportunities that will enable you to make a difference in many people’s lives.

When you complete the Diploma of Community Services, you’ll be qualified to work for community services organisations, government departments and not for-profit organisations in a wide variety of roles and services –specialist and /or generalist such as:
- child protection
- family violence outreach and support services
- school welfare
- youth, family and disability services
- aged care
- mental health
- advocacy /community development
- homelessness.


July Intake :Monday Tuesday Friday 9-4pm

Night classes: Tuesday and Thursday 6-9pm and Saturdays 9-3pm (monthly)

Night and Saturday timetable will require a willingness to undertake self-paced and independent learning.

To be eligible for the night and Saturday mode of study applicants must have a minimum of two years work experience in the community services industry and /or a previous relevant qualification related to community services work.

You will also be required to complete two placements of 200 hours during the day in semester 2 in year one and again in semester 2 in year two.

Please note:

1. The timetable days will change in year two of the course.
2. First semester will include class time only, second semester will include placement attendance (days and times as per placement agency agreement) and placement support classes (one day a week).

The Australian Community Workers Association is a national professional body that accredits education and training courses for workers in the community services sector.

The Diploma of Community Services at Chisholm is accredited by ACWA.

As our course is both nationally recognised and ACWA accredited it provides our students with a competitive edge with regard to employment opportunities in comparison to those students from non-ACWA accredited courses

This accreditation adds value to graduates of this course at Chisholm as it confirms the professional reputation of our programs. Graduates can apply for full membership and registration with ACWA and are strong candidates for employment in larger government departments such as DHHS.

Course code
On campus
Dandenong, Frankston
Not available Online
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Full Time, 2 years.
Start dates
No further intakes for 2019. 2020 campus locations and commencement dates to be confirmed in October 2019