Diploma of Community Development

Course Code CHC52121

Community development workers contribute to the development of communities through social change processes. The work may occur within and across social, environment, economic, arts and culture, and recreation sectors.

This work may take place in domestic and international contexts.  For instance, Aboriginal project officers (development assistance) are engaged by a charitable organisation to provide services for Australian-based projects aimed at alleviating disadvantage among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

They may coordinate field-based projects, manage the budget, or participate in the design, development, and implementation or monitoring of community development plans.

Employment for this occupation rose slightly in the past five years and rose strongly in the long-term (ten years). Employment for Community Development to November 2020 is expected to grow moderately.

Delivery Method

The Diploma of Community Development is delivered through a blended delivery method.

Students are provided with learner resources for each unit of competency.  Theory assessment is submitted through our online assessment management system.  Students will also complete any practical skills through work placement.  

Practical Placement

Health Industry Training recognises that an important part of undertaking a qualification in health or community services is the practical component of the course. Work placement provides students with an avenue to apply practical skills in a ‘real life’ environment where you are able to practice the skills and knowledge you have learnt during the course. 

It is compulsory for students to undertake practical placement for the Diploma of Community Development.

Securing Practical Placement

As a student it is important for you to discuss work placement opportunities with local organisations.  Practical placement must be sourced prior to enrolment in this qualification.  

Once you have sourced a relevant host employer, Health Industry Training will contact them on your behalf to discuss practical placement requirements.

Insurance

Health Industry Training provides insurance to all students undertaking unpaid work placement as part of their qualification.

Pre-requirements

As a student you must ensure you have completed the necessary ‘Prior to practical work placement’ activities listed below before practical work placement can commence.

  • National Criminal History Clearance

Assessment Methods

Health Industry Training uses a range of assessment methods to ensure sufficient evidence can be gathered to demonstrate students can perform the tasks against the specified criteria. Assessment methods can include:

  • Short answer questions
  • Projects/ Reports
  • Case studies
  • Scenarios
  • Observation of practical skills

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL considers previous formal study and work experiences and then assesses this against the elements of competency to determine competency.  Students seeking recognition can apply for RPL on enrolment or throughout the duration of their study.

Credit Transfer

If you have completed a unit of competency within your intended qualification with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO), you may be able to apply for a credit transfer or exemption. A copy of the original transcript must be provided when applying for a credit transfer.

Entry Requirements 

To enrol in the Diploma of Community Development, it is anticipated that you will have completed year 10 or equivalent.

In addition, students are required to provide Health Industry Training with their Unique Student Identifier number.

Minimum Age Requirements

The minimum age for this course is 16 years old.  If you are under 18 years of age your enrolment form must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements

Students must have an adequate level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills (LLN).  Entry into the course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level or equivalent. Students are able to test their LLN skills by completing an LLN test by emailing info@healthindustrytraining.org.

Funding for South Australia Residents

Health Industry Training is proud to be a preferred supplier for the South Australia government’s Work Ready initiative. You may be eligible for government subsidised training if you live or work in South Australia and you are:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen
  • a permanent Australian resident, or
  • an eligible visa holder

and you are:

  • 16 years or over and not enrolled at school, or
  • 16 years or over, enrolled in school and undertaking training through the Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS), or
  • undertaking training through a training contract as an apprentice or trainee in an identified course

Eligible participants can access:

  • one foundation skills course (if assessed to need it)
  • up to five bridging units at every qualification level (if assessed to need them)
  • unlimited priority courses.

To check your eligibility for funding visit https://www.skills.sa.gov.au/subsidised-eligibility

Fee-paying

To assist students who are not eligible for funding, Health Industry Training offers financial assistance by allowing students to take advantage of our affordable payment plan options (weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments) (see enrolment form for additional information)

Throughout your course with Health Industry Training, you will be provided with a range of support services depending on your individual needs.

Trainer Support

You will be provided with a team of dedicated trainers who are there to support and guide you through.  You may contact a trainer via phone and e-mail for assistance. Your main support trainer will also contact you on a regular basis to ensure you are on track to finish your qualification within your timeframe. Our professional trainers are there to ensure you have a successful learning journey.

In addition to your trainer, the administration team can provide you with support including your enrolment, changes to contact details or study plan, progress report and any issues you may encounter throughout your course.

The Diploma of Community Development has been packaged to include:

14 units are required to be awarded the qualification including:

  • 8 core units
  • 6 elective units

To view the course outline, including the recommended order in which to complete your units, click on the ‘Download Course Outline’ button on the left hand side of this page.

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Queensland
South Australia
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Courses Duration

Maximum 24 months

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Course Fees

Queensland

Concession - N/A

Non-concession - N/A

South Australia

WorkReady - $500

Traineeship - N/A

Full Fee Paying

$6300

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Delivery Method

Flexible

Individual approach to learning

Prospective
Career Roles

Community builder
Outcomes manager
Project manager
Settlement worker
Community development officer
Economic development manager

Enrolment Method

Open enrolment

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