Certificate III in Community Services

Course code: CHC32015

Registered Training Organisation: Federation TAFE


RTO Code: 4909

Course Summary

The VET Community Services program gives students the opportunity to gain both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. It allows them to demonstrate competency in a range of areas and prepares them to work in various settings within the Community Services industry. The knowledge and skills gained will help students to decide on future pathways and study options.


Contribution towards VCE: VM (replacing VCAL Intermediate and Senior Certificate)

It is mandated that students studying VCE: VM from 2023 must complete 180 hours of Certificate II or above.  This will contribute 2 VET credits towards a student’s program.

Contribution towards VPC (replacing Foundation VCAL)

Students studying VPC from 2023 can include a VET program, however it is not mandated.

Contribution towards VCE

Students who complete Units 1 & 2 will be eligible for credit towards their VCE at Units 1 & 2 level.

Students who complete Units 3 & 4 will be eligible for a Units 3 and 4 sequence.

ATAR Contribution

Yes –  if Scored Assessment is completed in the second year of the course.

The study score is calculated through three graded assessment coursework tasks completed throughout the year as well as a final year examination.  

Scored Assessment Available


National Accreditation

Program Delivery

Program structure

Delivered over two years


Federation TAFE


Wednesdays 9.20 am to 3.20 pm

Structured Workplace Learning

Structured Workplace Learning

60 hours per year is recommended

Employment and Study Pathways

Possible Study Pathways

  • Certificate III  & IV in Child Care
  • Certificate III & IV in Aged Care
  • Certificate III & IV in Disability
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education

Potential Career paths

  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Support Worker
  • Customer Service
  • Child Care Worker
  • Aged Care Worker
  • Disability Support Worker

Fees and Equipment

Materials Fee

To be paid by DET for students attending public schools.  Independent and Catholic schools will discuss fees with their families.

Study Units

Units may include:

Unit code

First Year


Organise and complete daily work activities


Follow safe work practices for direct client care work


Work with diverse people


Communicate and work in health or community services


Provide first point of contact

FSKDIG03 Use digital technology for routine workplace tasks


Provide first aid

Unit code

Second Year


respond to client needs


Work within a community development framework


Implement participation and engagement strategies


RTO Contact

Federation TAFE

RTO Code 4909

Contact the WSMVET Cluster Coordinator via the Contact Page

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