Diploma of Community Services

This course is not available to international students.
National code: CHC52015 Diploma (TAFE) Croydon, Hawthorn, Wantirna Send me a link to this course

The Diploma of Community Services provides students with the knowledge and skills to work in the community services sector in residential and community settings. Students will learn how to provide a holistic approach to client needs, including social, emotional, psychological, and practical support.

The course includes a mix of delivery methods, such as face-to-face class time, online work, project work and industry experience (work placement).

This course may be undertaken on-campus or in a workplace training mode, which may be suited to those currently employed in the community services sector.

Students will need to successfully complete work placements, for which they will be required to hold a current Police Check and a current Working with Children Check.

The Hawthorn campus delivery of Diploma of Community Services (Case management specialisation) is accredited with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) and requires 400 hours of work placement while studying. The Wantirna and Croydon campus delivery are not ACWA accredited and work placement will include a minimum of 100 hours. However, students will have the option to complete another 100 hours of placement for extra experience.

For those already employed in the community services sector, we offer a workplace delivery model of the Diploma of Community Services at our Hawthorn Campus. This is not ACWA accredited.

Students may be required to attend other campuses from time to time for events and other course engagements.

View the Informed Choices statement, which provides information about the inherent requirements of community services, specifically the essential physical and behavioural abilities needed to perform assessment tasks, professional placements and progress to a career in this field. This information is intended to assist you to choose whether you can successfully participate in and complete a course.

This course is currently in transition. The course code, title, units, and content may change. Further information will become available on our website, upon enrolment or during your studies. To discuss your study options, please get in touch with us today.

This Free TAFE course is in high demand. Apply early for a better chance of securing your place in it. Otherwise, you may have to wait for the next intake.


18 months full-time (standard delivery: March and August intakes); 1 year Workplace or Employer delivery (for those currently employed in the community services sector: (February intake) (August intake). Workplace or Employer delivery is online and supported with compulsory monthly Saturday workshops at Hawthorn campus.


Croydon (August)
Hawthorn (March, August)
Wantirna (March, August) - View application and start dates

Study modes

  • Full-time,
  • Workplace Training

VTAC course code

  • 3400211334
    Hawthorn (fee type determined by provider)
This course allows you to pathway to another qualification.