Make a meaningful impact with your career, starting with the Certificate IV in Community Services.
As part of your studies in this certificate, you’ll learn to design and deliver person-centred services to individuals and/or groups. As a community services worker, you provide support, advocacy or interventions to individual clients, groups or communities across a range of services.
The Certificate IV in Community Services is designed to give you entry level knowledge and skills necessary for a variety of roles in the community services sector as well as further study.
You will be qualified to work in the sector in a broad range of roles in community service organisations.
RMIT offers you a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, presentations and group discussions.
You will learn through:
- classes on the City Campus that are designed to provide interaction, discussion and development of ideas and skills
- specialist guest speakers to provide insights into current workplace practices
- extensive online resources and support of both the content areas and the study skills to support learning
- both group and individual opportunities for learning and assessment
- support for students to develop language, literacy and numeracy skills required to succeed in the program
- assessments that are designed to prepare you for work-ready performance and/or further study
The curriculum will enable you to gain skills and knowledge that are directly applicable to workplace practices.
Assessment tasks will include:
- individual and group presentations
- demonstration of practical skills in a range of formats including simulations
- written reflections
The community services industry plays a key role in the wellbeing of communities across Australia. Community services workers are known for providing welfare and support services that attend to the needs of the most vulnerable people in the community. Roles in the sector fall under two main categories:
- Direct community service activities provided to individuals and families
- Community sector activities, including working with groups and communities, social planning, advocacy and social action, assistance to other organisations.
Our community services discipline has a reputation for delivering high quality vocational education programs designed and developed in partnership with industry.
This certificate has been designed in consultation with industry partners including:
- Anglicare Victoria
- MacKillop Family Services
You will engage with industry through:
- guest speaker presentations
- simulated work-based assessments
- teachers who have extensive industry experience and networks within the industry.
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|Certificate IV in Community Services||City Campus||
1 year full-time
1 year full-time
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Program code: C4363
National curriculum code: CHC42015
If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.
- Plan C4363 - 3200310134
Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.
Upon successful completion of this this certificate you will be qualified to work in the sector in a broad range of roles as a:
- Case worker
- Health education officer
- Community services worker
- Outreach officer
- Community support worker
- Support worker
- Domestic violence worker
- Welfare support worker
- Early intervention homelessness worker
- Welfare worker
- Family support worker.
Job Outlook projects that work opportunities for welfare support workers are set to increase by 22.7% to 2024. Job Outlook also estimates that the most common annual salary for a child safety officer in Australia is between $65,000 and $85,000.
You must be at least 18 years of age by the commencement date of the program.
You must submit a personal statement with your application outlining:
- your reasons for wanting to study this course
- your intended career path
- the personal strengths and attributes you will bring to the program
- details of any related work or voluntary experience
Selection tasks must be submitted by 2 July 2021 for Semester 2 2021 intake.
The link to submit your selection task will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application.
Free TAFE for priority courses
The Victorian Government is currently waiving tuition fees for this program for students who meet eligibility requirements for government subsidised places.
JobTrainer is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth and State Government which provides additional funding for free or low-fee (20% of the listed tuition fee) training courses for young people and job seekers. Eligible applicants will be able to access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund.
Visit Free TAFE for priority courses for further information on what this means and whether you may be eligible.
If you have any questions you can contact Study@RMIT.
The tuition fees below will apply if you are not receiving a Free TAFE or JobTrainer fee waiver.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2022 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$950.00* per annum
- 2022 government subsidised place: AU$4,750* per annum
- 2022 full-fee place: AU$9,500* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Eligibility Exemption criteria
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.