Certificate IV in Community Services

National Code: CHC42015
TAFE SA Code: TP00825


Develop the skills and knowledge to design and deliver person-centred services to individuals and/or groups as well as providing support, advocacy or interventions to individual clients, groups or communities across a range of services.

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12 months 

Full Time

Counsellor and Community Worker

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Course Admission Requirements

you must have:


  • Either any Certificate III or higher or SACE Completion or equivalent
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
Campus / Location
Study Mode
Study Load

Course Admission Requirements

you must have:

  • Evidence of current paid employment/volunteer work in a community services direct client intervention role for a period of 12 months or more
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course

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Entry Recommendations
We recommend that applicants with no or limited knowledge or skills in community services study a Certificate III in Community Services before this course.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
This course is delivered through online study and two compulsory on-campus workshops a week. Workshops are usually from 9.30 to 4.00pm, and occasionally from 9.00 to 5.00pm. Workshop days differ between campuses. This course is available at Elizabeth, Noarlunga, Regency and Murray Bridge campuses in Term 1 and at Victor Harbor and Elizabeth in Term 3.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You are encouraged to consider your personal wellness and your capacity to interact with and be assessed on traumatic course content. You will need to have basic computer skills.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
Working with Children check and a National Police check.

Vocational Placements
You will do a vocational placement of 100 hours in a local industry specific setting. You will need to have current vaccination and screening checks before starting your vocational placement.

Mandatory Requirements
You will need to have a current Working with Children Check. Some industry partners may also require a current National Police Check, COVID-19 and flu vaccinations that you may need to meet or show evidence of.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$1,017 - $1,580
$2,034 - $3,159
$452 - $702
$904 - $1,404
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training requires applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee
$1,695 - $2,633
$3,389 - $5,265

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.

  • 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

    On completion of this qualification, students may be able to move into the community services sector, working in roles such as case worker, prevention worker, home based care worker, community services worker, welfare worker and 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 IV in Community Services (CHC42015)
    This course covers the interests and rights of clients, communication, working with diverse people, legal and ethical requirements, developing and maintaining networks and partnerships and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 7 core units and 8 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.

  • 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
    Assess co-existing needs 80
    Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships 80
    Facilitate the interests and rights of clients 100
    Maintain work health and safety 40
    Use communication to build relationships 55
    Work legally and ethically 55
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Facilitate responsible behaviour 40
    Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 40
    Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide 110
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
    Provide first aid 18
    Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs 90
    Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence 50
    Work in an alcohol and other drugs context 80
    Work with people with mental health issues 80
    Work within a community development framework 65
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