Diploma of Community Services (International)

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Diploma of Community Services (International)

A worker in community support works with people from vastly different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Mothers, fathers, grandparents and great grandparents who need support from others to live with care or in care facilities.

Job prospects

+ Residential Care Worker

+ Residential Care Officer

+ Care supervisor

+ Day Activity Worker

+ Personal Care Worker


+ Duration: 104 weeks

+ Work placement: 420 hours

Local students No

International students Yes

How can I study?

This course is available on campus. Call us to discuss your study options.

There is high demand for skilled and qualified community service leaders throughout Victoria and Australia. This nationally recognised course is ideal if you are looking to develop your career in the highly rewarding community services sector. Community service leaders provide a range of support services relating to human rights, social diversity, family violence, child, family and youth issues, and child protection.

The skills gained in this qualification can lead to work in a range of social, community and welfare service organisations, performing case work, providing client services, and supporting youth and families in roles such as; Welfare support worker, Community service case worker and Community service case manager. You may also seek employment in community education or development projects.

  • National Code: CHC52015

  • CRICOS Code: 107957B

  • Units: 16 units (8 core + 8 electives)

  • Location: Level 8, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 3000

  • Duration: 104 weeks (including holidays)

  • Tuition Fee: $20,000

  • Materials Fee: $300

  • Administration Fee: $200

  • RPL Application Fees: $145 per hour

A nationally recognised qualification in Ageing Support is about gaining the skills and knowledge to work in aged care environments supporting older people in services or in their own homes. You could become a…

  • Residential Care Worker

  • Residential Care Officer

  • Care Supervisor

  • Day Activity Worker

  • Personal Care Worker

  • Care Team Leader

  • Aged Care Supervisor

  • Community Program Coordinator

There are no pre-requisite units for this qualification.

Candidates must meet one of the following English Language proficiency requirements:

  • IELTS band score of 5.5 or equivalent internationally recognised exam result in line with DHA regulations

  • satisfactorily completing ELICOS at Upper Intermediate level from a NEAS endorsed English Training Centre

  • completion of secondary studies equivalent or higher to an Australian Year 12 qualification from an English-speaking country

  • completion of MCIE English Placement Test with an overall score of 5.5 or above

  • other tests like PTE, TOEFL and OET are also considered equivalent for direct entry into MCIE VET courses

Students who have completed one year of study in Australia at AQF Certificate III level or above are exempt from submitting Year 12 qualifications or equivalent + IELTS results.

Candidates require a current and valid passport and valid study visa which covers the duration of the course.

Age at Commencement:
MCIE does not accept overseas students who will be under 18 years of age at the time of proposed commencement.

Course Delivery

This is a blended delivery course with 15 hours face-to-face and 5 hours delivered in real-time remotely via Microsoft Teams each week over 3 days per week. Learning methods include practical demonstration, multimedia presentations, group instruction and discussion as well as online discussions and social media groups.

Course Assessment

Assessment for this course includes written tasks, long and short answer questions, multiple choice quizzes, group tasks, oral presentations, role plays, scenarios, case studies, work placement journals, logbooks, portfolios and projects. Most assessments are submitted online via the Canvas LMS.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) are available. Please click here for more information on fees, terms and conditions.

Core Units

HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs
CHCDEV002 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services 100 hours Mandatory Work placement
CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Elective Units

CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCCCS004 Assess coexisting needs
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
BSBPEF401 Manage personal health and wellbeing
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCDEV001 Confirm client developmental status
CHCADV002 Provide advocacy and representation services
CHCCDE011 Implement community development strategies

Nationally Recognised Training

This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.

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