Certificate IV in Community Services

CRICOS Code: 113727K
National Code: CHC42021


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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39 weeks
30 weeks
Counsellor and Community Worker
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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

Work Placement Duration:   70 hours

Students will undertake 1 day per week during the latter half of the course. Hours per week will be dependent on the work placement site. Prior to work placement, international students will be required to apply for and successfully receive the following South Australian Department of Human Services Screenings prior to undertaking any vocational placement: working with children, disability, aged and vulnerable persons. They will also need to have a current Through Their Eyes, Child Safe Environment Certificate to attend placement.

Course Notes

  • The Diploma in Community Services has been superseded and is in transition to the new version. The Diploma will now be 2.5 semesters (previously 1.5). There may be other changes, such as entry criteria, package duration, credit between the TAFE SA courses and local university courses, fees, campus and other things. Transfer to the new version, and any changes to delivery, is subject to approval. More details will be provided once known.
  • The Certificate IV and Diploma of Community Services can be undertaken as a 2 year package, some credit is available between the courses within the package. Further details of the course structure and fee schedule will be outlined in the offer letter.


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $7527
AUD $200*
Semester 2
AUD $3763
Fee Totals
AUD $11290
AUD $200*
Total Course Cost
AUD $11490

* The invoicing for the community services package will be Term 1 $3763 and Term 2 & 3 $7527 and for the Diploma component Term 4 & 5: $5800 and Term 6 & 7: $5800 (subject to change as outlined in the course notes section). International students will be required to pay for their own screenings, checks, and any required vaccinations (including COVID-19) at approximately $A200.

Note: TAFE SA course and other fees/costs are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition and other fees/costs for these years will be higher. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

  • 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 (CHC42021)
    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.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 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

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


    Name Nominal Hours
    Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships 80
    Facilitate the interests and rights of clients 100
    Follow safe work practices for direct client care 25
    Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence 50
    Use communication to build relationships 55
    Work legally and ethically 55
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assess co-existing needs 80
    Establish self-directed recovery relationships 60
    Identify and report children and young people at risk 40
    Manage personal stressors in the work environment 25
    Plan and conduct group activities 70
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
    Provide first point of contact 35
    Provide recovery orientated mental health services 60
    Recognise and respond to crisis situations 45
    Work collaboratively with the care network and other services 75
    Work in an alcohol and other drugs context 80
    Work with people with mental health issues 80
    Work within a community development framework 75

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