Diploma of Community Services (Traineeship)

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Diploma of Community Services (Traineeship)

Empower yourself to empower others - take the first step towards a fulfilling career in a community service leadership role with CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services.

Job prospects

+ Care Team Leader

+ Family Services Worker and Coordinator

+ Support Facilitator (Community Services)

+ Assistant Community Worker

+ Community and Pastoral Care Worker


+ Duration: 52 weeks

+ Work placement: At trainees workplace

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

Yes - Government funding is available to eligible students. Click here to see if you qualify.

How can I study?

This program is delivered in the workplace with approximately 6 hours of structured workplace training per month.

National code: CHC52015

Units: 8 core + 8 elective

Location: Levels 8 & 9, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Program delivery: Traineeship (delivered at trainees workplace)

Total duration: 52 weeks

Government Funded: $250 

Full Fee: $9,900

The fees listed above include additional resources required for the program and student ID charges. For additional service fees, such as Re-assessment fees or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook.

This program is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding to eligible candidates. Eligibility criteria apply. If you are not eligible for a government-funded place, you will be required to pay the self-funded fee.

  • Care Team Leader

  • Family Services Worker and Coordinator

  • Support Facilitator (Community Services)

  • Assistant Community Worker

  • Community and Pastoral Care Worker

  • Community Services and Community Work Coordinator

  • Community Access Coordinator

  • Welfare Support Worker

  • Community Program Coordinator

  • Pastoral Care Counsellor

  • Juvenile Justice Officer

  • Corrections Program Facilitator

  • Family Violence Practitioner

Assessment for this program includes written tasks, long and short answer questions, oral presentations, scenarios, case studies, practical or simulated activities, work placement journals, logbooks, assessor observation, portfolios and projects. Most assessments are submitted online via an LMS.

This program is delivered in the workplace with approximately 6 hours of structured workplace training per month.

  • One on one training session with a trainer per month

  • 1 hour of support each week via MS Teams

Total course duration can vary depending on the individual’s existing knowledge, experience and commitments.

Education/Core Skills

Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for Certificate III level study and demonstrate that they are a suitable candidate for this course.


Age at Commencement

It is recommended that students have attained the age of 18 by the course commencement date.


Special Needs

MCIE welcomes all people with disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. Acceptance in this course is subject to the candidate being able to undertake all course requirements as discussed in the Pre-Training Review, with reasonable adjustment where applicable.



All participants require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at https://www.usi.gov.au/students, or you can give MCIE’s admin staff permission to apply on your behalf.

Digital Technology

Students are required to have sufficient digital literacy skills to access online content, enter answers to written questions and communicate with trainers via email, the student portal or the learning management system.

There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer are available. Fees apply. Refer to the Domestic Student Handbook or contact us for more information on fees, terms and conditions.

Candidates may be required to provide evidence of the following for work (requirements vary according to the workplace policies of the trainee’s employer):

  • NDIS Worker Screening Check

  • Police Check

  • Working with Children Check

  • Working with Vulnerable People Registration

  • Flu vaccination, COVID-19 vaccinations and COVID-19 test

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
CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

CHCCSM010 Implement case management practice
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
CHCCSM012 Coordinate complex case requirements
CHCDFV007 Work with users of violence to effect change
CHCDFV006 Counsel clients affected by domestic and family violence

Elective units have been chosen by MCIE based on industry consultation and feedback.

Nationally Recognised Training

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

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