Certificate III in Community Services

National Code: CHC32015
TAFE SA Code: TP00824


Training that will equip you to become a community services workers who supports individuals through providing person-centred services within community settings and supporting the implementation of specific community-based programs.

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Up to 6 months 

Full Time

Counsellor and Community Worker Counsellor and Community Worker

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Course Admission Requirements

If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Total Fees for the 6 month course

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee

This course is free for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • This qualification requires a combination of online study and compulsory weekly attendance on campus of up to two days per week. Qualification commencement includes: o Murray Bridge – Term 2 and Term 4 each Semester o Victor Harbour – Term 2 and Term 4 each Semester o Port Augusta – Term 2 and Term 4 each Semester
    • For participation in this qualification, students will be required to obtain a clearance from the Department of Human Services at their expense. For more information please go to https://screening.sa.gov.au/types-of-check/working-with-children-check
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This course will increase employment options within the community services industry. It will also provide pathways to further studies in community services, aged care, disability work, mental health, drug education, nursing, youth work and more. Case worker, prevention worker, home based care worker, community services worker, welfare worker, early intervention worker.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Community Services (CHC32015)
    This course covers responding to client needs, communication, working with diverse people, workplace safety and managing personal stressors. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 5 core units and 7 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Communicate and work in health or community services 30
    Follow safe work practices for direct client care 25
    Manage personal stressors in the work environment 25
    Respond to client needs 60
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Facilitate responsible behaviour 40
    Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 40
    Organise personal work priorities and development 30
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
    Provide first aid 18
    Use communication to build relationships 55
    Work legally and ethically 55
    Work with people with mental health issues 80
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