CHC42021 Certificate IV in Community Services

CHC42021 Certificate IV in Community Services

Aboriginal students are not required to pay tuition fees as Skills First Aboriginal Access Fee waiver applies.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding.

What is the course about?

The course has 7 core units and 8 elective units. VACSAL clusters the units to avoid duplication of knowledge and skills development.

You will gain knowledge and learn about:

Working with cultural integrity

Working with others

Identifying and responding to client needs

Working safely and effectively with others

Working with the community

Working professionally

Unit Code Unit Name Hours

Core Units

CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients 100
CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence 50
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships 55
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships 80
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care 25


CHCAOD001 Work in alcohol and other drugs context 80
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs 80
CHCCDE019 Work within a community development framework 75
CHCCSM010 Implement case management practice 90
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental issues 80
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 30
CHCGRP001 Support group activities 30
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120

Total nominal hours


How is this course being delivered?

Workshops 1 day a week over 41 weeks (February to December (inclusive of Vic school holidays) 9.30 am to 4.00 pm. Supervised tutorials 1 day a week for 41 weeks to increase understanding course content and support completing assessments as required by each individual student. Supervised tutorials are also known as catch up class based on the requirement of the student. Each week you will need to spend about 2-3 hours in private study and completing some of your assessments (most assessments are completed in class). If you are not already working in the Community Services sector you are expected to complete 240 hours of voluntary work placement in the sector. This supports you to be work ready.

We have a clustered delivery model (6 clusters in total).

How is this course being assessed?

Assessment activities during workshop sessions

Individual and group presentations

Workplace based assessment

Plenty of support to complete learning and assessment tasks

Will this course be good for my career?

The Certificate IV in Community Services will support you to:

Build skills to work in the community services sector.

Provide a pathway for further study, for example the Diploma in Community Services.

Great for heaps of community services jobs such as:

Support worker

Case worker

Client contact officer

Community development officer.

Am I eligible?

You should be 18 years or older

You are working, or want to work, in the community services sector.

If you do not have employment in the Community Services sector at the moment our staff will work with you to find volunteer work experience to complete your 240 hour work placement.

This course is open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and non–Aboriginal people.

How will I be selected?

When you contact someone at VACSAL’s RTO they will talk to you about whether you are eligible to do the course and whether there are places available.