Diploma of Community Services

Serve local communities and support people

There’s an increasing need for people to work in community roles delivering and managing services for both individuals and groups. The Diploma of Community Services equips you with the necessary skills to deliver services in social support, housing and a variety of other community-based areas.

Diploma of Community Services

What you will learn

You will learn skills to be able to advise, support and help various groups and individuals from all walks of life and different backgrounds. You will be equipped with the right strategies and skills to assist, nurture and promote someone’s well-being.

How you will study

Assessments are by way of written assignments and have a practical component. You will receive dedicated trainer team support throughout your studies. The Diploma requires 100 hours of work placement in an appropriate organisation. The RTO assists to identify a suitable organisation or the student may nominate an organisation of their choice.

Learning is online, but you will be expected to attend mandatory mobile workshops within your state. We expect each student to attend at least four of these workshops throughout the duration of your course. TrainSmart Australia will give you advance notice so you can make necessary arrangements to ensure you are able to participate in these workshops. We can help you to find a hotel if you are coming from a distance. The workshops will be one or two days long and will enrich your study experience.

What are your career options with a Diploma of Community Services?

Community workers advocate for the rights of individuals and well-being of groups. Some positions are in the not-for-profit sector. Possible roles include a community development officer, welfare worker, case manager, community educator, support worker or working within disability services, welfare or juvenile justices services.

Student entry requirements

TrainSmart Australia will assess a students’ ‘academic suitability’ to ensure the student has the best chance of success. This is determined by either:-

  • The student providing TrainSmart Australia with a copy of an Australian year 12 Certificate or
  • The student providing TrainSmart Australia with a copy of a Certificate IV qualification (or above) or,
  • The student completing the Core Skills Profile for Adults online assessment passing at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy.

Cost of this course

The maximum tuition fee for this course is $10,150. Your fee payment options are:

  • 24 month interest-free payment plan. No deposit, no interest to pay for 24 months.
  • VET Student Loan – Australian Government income contingent loan which allows you to study now and pay later.
  • Jobs & Skills WA (Perth) For residents of Western Australia government subsidies may apply.  For detailed information, please refer to the attached brochure. 

VET Student Loan is available

VET Student Loan is an Australian Government loan program available to Australian citizens. For this Diploma of Community Services online course, you can borrow a $10,150 VET Student Loan which you will pay back once you are earning above a certain threshold. You will study 16 units as listed below.


Complimentary services and career guidance

Membership of the TrainSmart Australia student portal in which you will receive updates on class status, new facilities, promotions and social media updates.

For more information about the many benefits of learning with us at TrainSmart Australia, about VET Student Loans (formerly VET FEE-HELP) or about our complimentary career guidance service, simply submit your details online or call now on 1300 855 517


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