Do you want to help others and your community? Build your understanding of the broad community service industry. Develop essential communication skills, enhance your employment prospects and be ready to make a difference in people’s lives. With this Certificate II in Community Services, you can pursue further study in nursing, youth work, mental health and aged care, or seek job opportunities in nursing, disability support, youth work, occupational therapy, psychology, aged care, child protection or children’s services.

  • Wantirna campus
  • One year part-time
  • Wednesday 1.00pm – 4.30pm OR 8.30am – 12.00pm (subject to demand)
  • A small amount of fieldwork
  • Classroom/workplace simulation/online delivery
  • Possible off-campus activities
  • Materials fee: Year 1=$50

Units of competency

Unit code Unit name Nominal hours Compulsory/Elective
CHCCOM001 Provide first point of contact 35 Compulsory
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services 30 Compulsory
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40 Compulsory
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety 20 Compulsory
BSBWOR202 Organise and complete daily work activities 20 Compulsory
BSBWOR201 Manage personal stress in the workplace 40 Elective
FSKLRG09 Use strategies to respond to routine workplace problems 15 Elective
FSKOCM07 Interact effectively with others at work 10 Elective
CHCVOL001* Be an effective volunteer 25 Elective
  Total nominal hours 235  

*volunteer work required


On successful completion of this program, students will:

  • VCE: be eligible for up to two units of credit towards their VCE at Units 1 and 2 level.
  • Qualification: be eligible for the award of CHC22015 Certificate II in Community Services.

Complementary studies include Health and Human Development, and Psychology.

Career opportunities include aged care attendant, childcare assistant, health care counsellor, nanny, nurse, nutritionist, social worker, sociologist, welfare worker and youth worker.

How to apply for VET Delivered to Secondary Students

Essentially, we’re in partnership with you and your school. You speak to your school and they coordinate your application with Swinburne. Seek out your school’s VET or careers coordinator for course recommendations and discuss your options. Then, when you’ve decided on a VDSS course that fits, your school will forward your application directly to us.

To be eligible for consideration for a VDSS program you must be currently enrolled in Year 10, 11 or 12.

You’ll receive notification from your school about the outcome of your application. Successful? More information about enrolment will follow.

If there is greater demand than course places available, you’ll be placed on a waiting list. So, take note of our key application dates to allow time for your school-endorsed application to get to us.

Please refer to Swinburne's policies and regulations for student rights and responsibilities while on campus.

Course costs

The costs associated with Swinburne VDSS programs is invoiced directly to schools. For more information on course costs, it’s best to contact your school’s VET or careers coordinator.

2025 key dates

First round applications open Monday 12 August 2024
First round applications close Sunday 6 October 2024
Schools notified Monday 14 October 2024
Late applications open Wednesday 16 October 2024
Late applications close Wednesday 6 November 2024

These dates are indicative only.

Enrolment and Orientation

Orientation for courses at Wantirna campus and Croydon campus is scheduled for Wednesday 27 November 2024.

When you’ve completed your enrolment and we’ve seen you on campus for orientation, you’ll attend Swinburne one day per week for training while continuing at your secondary school.

Courses commence Wednesday 5 February 2025.

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Contact the VET Delivered to Secondary Students team

Have questions? If you would like more information about Swinburne's Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students, please call us on 1300 275 794 or email