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Certificate III in Community Services (CHC30215)

VET Course

About this Course


Be equipped to support people via the implementation of community-based programs. This course may be taken as an introduction to the Community Services sector or as a pathway into other qualifications.

This qualification is nationally recognised.

South Australian residents may be eligible for a Government subsidy, WorkReady, for this course. Click here for more details

Professional Outcomes

The CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services qualification is nationally recognised, and provides a broad perspective on the community services sector, focusing on a person-centred approach to client care. The minimum 120-150 hour work placement allows students the opportunity to work with supervision in community rehabilitation, outreach work, mental health, youth and aged care settings.

Potential pathways include: Certificate IV in Mental Health, Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, Certificate IV in Youth Work, and Diploma of Counselling.

  • Complete a minimum work requirement of 120-150 hours
  • Apply for a DCSI Employment screening check
  • Complete the Respond to Abuse and Neglect – Education Care (RAN-EC) training

Work Placement

Students are encouraged to find their own Work Placement according to their interests and intended career paths. Over the duration of the Work Based Placement (WBP) the student’s role is that of support worker. In that capacity the student will be expected to demonstrate their ability to perform specific tasks with each client according to the organisation’s service delivery protocols. The WBP mentor will provide additional training regarding the organisation’s policy and procedures that guide the work that is done. The student will work in consultation with their mentor regarding any actions that are taken for or with clients. The way the students support work is structured will be guided by the host organisation mentor in order to meet organisation requirements. Therefore, this aspect of the WBP is not prescriptive.


Students completing the CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services may be awarded between 80-85 Stage 2 SACE points if undertaking this full qualification for SACE purposes, dependent on electives chosen. For students wanting to use this towards an Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR), only 20 of these points will be used (provided the student has successful completion of the certificate). For students wishing to gain entrance into a higher qualification needing an ATAR, contact SATAC or the provider directly for further course information.

Skills Sets

Tabor offers the skill set in CHCSS00088 - Induction which consists of:

• CHCCOM005 - Communicate and work in health or community services
• CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
• HLTWHS002 - Follow safe work practices for direct client care
• HLTWHS006 - Manage personal stressors in the work environment

Skill sets are not qualifications. They are groupings of units of competency which are combined to provide a clearly defined statement of the skills and knowledge required by an individual to meet industry needs or a licensing or regulatory requirement.

The Training Package Development Handbook defines Skill Sets as 'single units of competency, or combinations of units of competency from an endorsed training package, which link to a licence or regulatory requirement, or defined industry need'. Skill Sets identified and developed within training packages are formally recognised on a statement of attainment.

Units of Competency Structure

12 Subjects total
5 Core
7 Electives


Respond to client needs CHCCCS016
Requires 60 nominal hours
Communicate and work in health or community services CHCCOM005
Requires 30 nominal hours
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001
Requires 40 nominal hours
Follow safe work practices for direct client care HLTWHS002
Requires 25 nominal hours
Manage personal stressors in the work environment HLTWHS006
Requires 25 nominal hours


Work within a community development framework CHCCDE003
Requires 65 nominal hours
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety CHCDIV002
Requires 25 nominal hours
Work with people with mental health issues CHCMHS001
Requires 80 nominal hours
Reflect on and improve own professional practice CHCPRP003
Requires 120 nominal hours
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk CHCPRT001
Requires 40 nominal hours
Recognise and respond to crisis situations CHCCCS019
Requires 45 nominal hours
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management CHCCSM005
Requires 75 nominal hours

What do I need for entry?

Students must meet the minimum language, literacy and numeracy standards
Recognition of prior learning / credit transfer
If you can provide evidence of competency for some of the units, you may not have to undertake those units.
In simple terms, RPL means that if you have not already undertaken the unit or its equivalent, but have the required knowledge and skills to demonstrate competency for the unit, you won’t have to study the unit.
Credit transfer is where you have a Statement of Attainment or a qualification which clearly states you have demonstrated competency in those units or their equivalent.

More information

If you wish to apply for RPL or Credit Transfer, you can do so via the RPL Kit. Download link below.
Further information

How long does it take?

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent , which is 18 months study.

Where can I study?

You can study this course via Blended Learning or Online.

How much does it cost?

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information


As with most adult study, students will be required to complete pre-course reading and related activities prior to attending their weekly classes. In addition, it is expected that students will undertake a certain amount of homework such as reading, research, completing written assignments, etc. During enrolment in this course, students are advised that they can expect an average of 20 hours self-directed study or homework per week.

Course Codes

Tabor: CHC30215 Certificate III in Community Services (CHC30215)
SATAC: Not applicable

Course Level

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