C4363 - Certificate IV in Community Services

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Plan: C4363 - Certificate IV in Community Services
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Certificate IV in Community Services
Qualification national code: CHC42015
Nominal hours: 1060
Career: TAFE
Duration: 1 year full-time
Location: Melbourne, City Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The Certificate IV in Community Services reflects the role of community service workers who design and deliver person-centred services to individuals and/or groups. Workers may provide support, advocacy or interventions to individual clients, groups or communities across a range of services.  At this level, workers may be autonomous with limited responsibility within established parameters and may be required to supervise and lead other workers in projects or teams. Work may take place in a range of community service. Some of the occupational titles graduates may fill include:

  • Health education officer
  • Community services worker
  • Community support worker
  • Support worker
  • Welfare support worker
  • Welfare worker
  • Family support worker
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Articulation and pathways

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. Upon successful completion of the Certificate IV of Community Services you will have automatic entry in to the Diploma of Community Services; you may also be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University subject to each program’s entry requirements.

Students that Successfully complete the below listed units in the Certificate IV in Community Services will be able to apply for credit transfer into the Diploma of Community Services. 

  • CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
  • CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspect of case management
  • CHCDFV001  Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
  • CHCSET001 Work with forced migrants

Information is available on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Credit Transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit.

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Entrance requirements

Entrance requirements: 

There are no minimum requirements.


There are no prerequisites

Selection task

You must include with your application a statement of your interest and experience. You should include details on your intended career path and the personal strengths and attributes you feel that you will bring to the program.


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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in Community Services. However, this program has strong industry support and all course content, delivery and assessment is informed by industry through a Program Advisory Committee. This program is a nationally recognised vocational  qualification, which was endorsed by the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council. RMIT works closely with major Victorian community services employers to meet the needs of people who are entering the community services workforce, and also provides the ongoing upskilling needs of existing workers. Industry partners are active participants in the selection of electives, delivery and assessment tasks.

The teaching staff within the program have extensive industry experience and close networks with industry partners.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled at RMIT University you can use all the services provided by the Library. These include study spaces, books, journals and course-related materials such as DVDs, past exams, and newspapers. You can also request items from any library in the world through our document delivery service.

RMIT Library staff can show you how to find the information you need for your assignments and how to make the most of the library resources. You can speak to a librarian, work through web-based tutorials or use our online “Ask a Librarian” service. 

All students have unlimited access to our specialist electronic resources. These include e-books, e-journals and newspapers to make it easier for you to get the information you need, when you need it.  Our collections are continually updated to ensure the currency and accuracy of the resources you use.

Computers are available at every Library site. You can access the Internet, myRMIT and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT .


Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides resources and opportunities to help you to achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online for:

transition to tertiary study and learning
study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
enabling assistance - if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
career development and employment
living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  The Ngarara Willim Centre offers ongoing guidance with study, living and cultural needs.

You can find more information at http://www.rmit.edu.au/studentsYou can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

Within the School of Global and Urban Studies there is a drop in centre called GUSSed in time - details can be found at the website for GUSS Skills Central: https://gussskillscentral.edu.au/

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