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 

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

Contribution towards VPC

Students studying VPC may choose to 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

School to Work

School to Work

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

Select fees to be paid by DE for students attending public schools.  Independent and Catholic schools will discuss fees with their families.

Study Units

Units may include:

Plan and apply time management BSBPEF202
Provide first aid HLTAID011
Provide first point of contact CHCCOM001
Communicate and work in health or community services CHCCOM005
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001
Follow safe work practices for direct client care HLTWHS002
Manage personal stressors in the work environment HLTWHS006
Use communication to build relationships CHCCOM002
Respond to client needs CHCCCS016
Work within a community development framework CHCCDE003
Implement participation and engagement strategies CHCCDE004

Note: Program commencement subject to enrolment numbers. Units of Competency are subject to change. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals. All details are accurate at the time of publication.


RTO Contact

Federation TAFE

RTO Code 4909

Contact the WSMVET Cluster Coordinator via the Contact Page

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