Certificate III in Community Services


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12 Months


Workplace Traineeships, Online Learning, Classroom Courses

About this Course

METS trainers will inspire you to support individuals through the provision of person-centred services. Work may include day-to-day support of individuals in community settings or support with the implementation of specific community-based programs.

You’ll learn how to work with a diverse range of people, assessing and considering individual needs while maintaining communication with a diverse range of service providers. 

Community Services is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Australia, and the diversity this career path offers is very broad. You could work with children and families, senior citizens, people with disabilities or mental illnesses, immigrants, or the homeless. 

This nationally-recognised course consists of 5 core units, and 7 electives.

Career Prospects
  • Care Worker 
  • Personal Care Assistant 
  • Community Services/Support Worker
  • Children’s Service Worker
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Neighbourhood Centre Worker
  • 12 months (full-time trainee) – 24 months (part-time trainee)
  • Fee-for-service: 12 months
Entry Requirements

There are no stated entry requirements. We require students have computer literacy and literacy skills.

Funding and Payment Options

There are a wide variety of funding options available. From government funding through to fee-for-service. To find out what you are eligible for, click here

Elective Units

CHCDIS003 – Support community participation and social inclusion

CHCGRP001 -Support group activities

CHCADV001 – Facilitate the interests and rights of clients

CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

CHCLEG001 – Work legally and ethically

CHCCOM001 – Provide first point of contact

BSBPEF301 – Organise personal work priorities

Core Units

CHCCOM005 – Communicate and work in health or community services 

CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people 

CHCCCS016 – Respond to client needs 

HLTWHS006 – Manage personal stressors in the work environment 

HLTWHS002 – Follow safe work practices for direct client care 

Education Pathways

Education pathways after completing CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services may include:

• CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services  

• CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services  

Am I eligible for a traineeship?

To be eligible to commence a traineeship, a participant must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident working full or part time (minimum 15 hours). The participant must have the support of their employer, an accredited RTO and an Australian Apprenticeship Centre.

How do I find a traineeship?

Finding a traineeship is similar to finding any job. You’ll need to network with employers and job recruitment agencies and market yourself within your chosen sector.

I am not eligible for a traineeship. Can I still complete the qualification?

If a participant is ineligible for a traineeship due to their employment status (casual, part-time working under 15 hours etc.), they can still complete the course as a Fee for Service Student.

If a participant is ineligible for a traineeship due to their residency status, they can in some cases still complete the qualification Self-Funded, however visa restrictions do apply. It is best to speak to your immigration officer and/or us regarding your eligibility.

What kind of assessments will I be completing?

Depending on the unit of study, you will complete both theory and practical based assessments to achieve competency in your qualification. Assessments may include short answer, project work, case students and reflection logs.

Can I extend by traineeship if I am not able to complete it by the end date?

Yes. Under certain circumstances your traineeship can be extended, however this process can take some time and applying for an extension should be considered as a last resort. You should speak to us and/or your Australian Apprenticeship Centre if you are considering applying for an extension.

Have more questions? Visit our student frequently asked questions page or contact us!

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