VET Studies
VET Studies
Outdoor Teaching

Community Services

Chisholm Institute of TAFE RTO 0260


VET in schools multiplies opportunities for students. They enable students to complete a nationally recognised vocational qualification as well as contribute towards their VCE or VCAL Certificate. Classroom learning is combined with structured hands-on training and practice in industry. The aims of this program are to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to achieve competencies that will enhance their employment prospects in the Community Services or Community Services related industries and to enable participants to gain a recognised credential and to make a more informed choice of vocation or career paths.

Course Code and Course Title

  • CHC22015 Certificate II in Community Services and
  • selected units of competence from Certificate III in Community Services and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care


The program is delivered by Chisholm Institute of TAFE at one of the secondary colleges in the Frankston area on a Wednesday afternoon. The “VET Bus” transports students to the venue/s used to deliver the program.   The program is designed as a pathway qualification into community services work.  It allows students to complete a full Certificate II qualification and components of a Certificate III qualification with specialisations in Community Services and Early Childhood Education & Care. Students will be required to choose their specialisation in the first year of the program.

Structured Workplace Learning

Students will be required to undertake 20 days of Structured Workplace Learning (SWL), which provides the opportunity to demonstrate competencies acquired off-the-job.  During this time, students will be required to maintain a logbook and complete assignments. The Occupational Health and Safety unit must be completed prior to SWL.  Some workplaces may require a mandatory police check.

Contribution to the VCE and VCAL

On completion of the program students are eligible for four credits towards their VCE or VCAL certificate, two at units 1 and 2 level and a 3 and 4 sequence.  Students who successfully complete the year 12 Unit 3-4 sequence will be eligible for a study score which contributes directly towards their ATAR. This program will also satisfy the learning outcomes for the VCAL Industry Specific and the Work Related Skills strand.

Units of Competency

The Units of Competency delivered over the two years could include:



Unit of Competency Name

CHCCS211A Prepare for work in the community sector
CHCCOM201C Communicate with people accessing the services of the organisation
CHCORG201B Follow policies, procedures and programs of the organisation
CHCORG202C Work with others
HLTOHS200B Participate in OHS processes
CHCOHS312B Follow safety procedures for direct care work
HLTFA301C Apply first aid

Including three electives



Unit of Competency Name

CHCRH401B Work effectively in the leisure and health industry
CHCCS421A Undertake community sector work within own community
CHCAD401D Advocate for clients
CHCCW301C Operate under a casework framework
HLTOHS200B Participate in OHS processes
CHCOHS312B Follow safety procedures for direct care work
HLTFA301C Apply first aid

To view the latest Units of Competency and course information go to

Community Services Get VET Video Link

See VCE and VCAL students across Victoria exploring their passion through VET, developing workplace skills and knowledge and creating flexible pathways towards future education and employment.


Certificate can provide pathways into work or further study in community services, in areas such as child care, home and community care, drug and alcohol work, disability work, social housing or mental health work. With additional training and experience, future employment opportunities may include a community health worker, counsellor, out of hours carer, school support worker, case manager.


  • Certificate III in Community Services Work
  • Certificate IV in Youth Work
  • Certificate IV in Home and Community Care
  • Advanced Diploma of Disability Work
  • Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and other drugs)
  • Diploma of Community Services Work
  • Diploma of Community Development
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care
  • Certificate III in Active Volunteering

University Options

Bachelor Degrees in:

  • Social and Community
  • Services
  • Welfare
  • Arts, Humanities, Social Science,
  • Family Studies, Social Work,
  • Education