Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015)

We deliver industry-leading and cost-effective Counselling, Community Services, Health and Disability courses that are specialised to support contemporary practice! 

Diploma Course

Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015)

Completing studies in Community Services means you are entering an industry where one professional experience can inspire and sustain you for a lifetime! At the Diploma level in Community Services, you are establishing yourself for practice leadership, complex support coordination, senior case management and general management roles in family welfare, community organisations, employment services and more. Start your journey to making a difference now!


In the course, you will complete 100 hours of professional placement to apply theoretical knowledge to direct practice to enrich your learning experience. This placement can be undertaken in any government or non-government community service role. The Clinical College will also assist you to find a student placement, or you can source your own. 


The Clinical College is a specialist provider of community services courses. We are a part of the Activated Concepts brand and have a direct linkage to contemporary practice – we are not just another Registered Training Organisation (RTO) looking for mass enrolments and income. We care about the quality of our Graduates and our brand in the community!


The Clinical College prides itself on developing a true partnership between you and us. We will support your journey through the Diploma of Community Services and the development of your understanding of sociology, mental health, trauma, managing programs and complex case management.


Our Diploma of Community Services is nationally recognised in Australia, so you can be assured of its quality, reputation, and integrity. Further, it will offer you the ability to apply for professional membership with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).

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Applying is easy using our simple online application process.

Eligibility & Course Details

You are able to gain entry to the Diploma of Community Services if you have:

    • Completed Year 12, or equivalent and are 18 years or older
    • Have at least 3 years of sufficient life experience (work or study), if over 21 years of age


All prospective students, also need to participate in a course entry interview to determine suitability for the course and student needs.

  • Our Diploma of Community Services is a nationally recognised qualification, as well as being industry desired. As such, it offers you the ability to apply for professional membership with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).
  • ACWA is the leading industry body for Community Workers in Australia. This will allow you to practice with confidence, professional insurances and have access to ongoing professional development opportunities.
    • Discounted upfront payment (you gain a discount and do not worry about ongoing payments)
    • Monthly payment plans (up to 12 months)
    • Payment via direct transfer, credit card or direct debit
    • Government assistance might also be available (see our financial assistance section)

Your course at a glance



Course Delivery

Why Study our Diploma of Community Services

The Clinical College’s Diploma of Community Services provides a deeper review of the complex barriers that exist in society and how to manage the same in practice at a leadership level. This includes key areas such as program design, complex case management, best practices in alcohol and other drugs, mental health, youth work and trauma-informed care.

Group Study


This unit looks into the consultation, development and implementation of service programs to allow you to identify, establish and manage programs in practice.


This unit is a cornerstone subject in community services and focuses on the art of communication and how you might strategically engage and disengage within the workplace to support success.


This unit explores the complex system impacts on people in their context and how to assess and plan for these factors in community services.


This unit reflects on your positionality (gender, culture, religion, sexuality, ability etc) and what you bring with you to each engagement. This unit centres on creating cultural safety for diverse clients in this context. It is a core subject.


This unit provides the vital legal and ethical underpinning in allied health care practice. It explores how to manage legal and ethical issues you might face in practice.


This unit will engage competency in managing workplace health and safety and acting as appropriate.


This unit establishes independent accountability by reflecting and evaluating your professional practice. It also explores supervision and ongoing professional development.


This unit focuses on developing leadership skills in work, health, and safety. Specifically, how to establish, maintain and evaluate health and safety policies and procedures.


This unit explores helping you partner with people that experience mental health issues, to assess their needs and support them to meet their aspirations and needs


This unit investigates how to implement work practices which foster safety, develop clear reporting pathways and supports child and young people to stay with their family.


This unit delves into the complex nature of relationships, relationship issues and how to support relationship building using strength-based methodologies.


This unit expands on the standard case management units to support you succeed inmanaging complex matters requiring multiple services, monitoring and referrals.

Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills

This unit explores therapeutic engagement skills (including micro-skills) and tools which will assist you in building rapport, gathering information, and creating a positive engagement.

Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide

This unit meets sector demand and will support you to identify and manage immediate suicide risk, develop a safety plan and mobilise access to emergency/support networks to minimise risk and create protective factors.

Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drug issues


This unit looks at assessing capacity to support people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues and how to work collaboratively to provide support recovery.

Implement trauma-informed care

This unit meets sector demand and highlights the relevance of trauma important it is to understand. It will assist you to understand the impact of trauma, how common it is and how to promote a safe trauma-informed environment for your clients.

Course Total Cost Payment
Diploma of Community Services
Discounted Upfront*
Diploma of Community Services
$335 x 12 Monthly Payments

*Competitor costs are around $5000-6000+. This does not include the above built-in specialisations, face-to-face costs, or post-graduate supports

The Clinical College prides itself on ‘walking the talk’ to assist Students to shine as much as possible! We are not just another Registered Training Organisation; we are clinical professionals working in the field and care about your success! 


Our support does not just include whilst you are studying with us; we also provide post-graduate support to our Graduates.

Academic Support

Study Assistance

As a Student with the Clinical College, you will have unlimited access to our support staff and your Trainer to provide you with timely academic support. Our focus is to partner with you for success so that you can graduate as per your goals!

Support includes:

  Answering questions on any course content
  Providing one on one mentoring, as needed
  Guidance on managing study workloads and life

Practical Experience

As a student, it is paramount that you get sufficient practical experience with different people to apply your knowledge, learn new skills and build your practice competence. One of the founding motivations for the Clinical College being created was due to feedback from Workers and Employers wishing they/their staff had more practical experience in applying theoretical concepts outside a few online role-plays.

As part of your studies at the Clinical College, you will be provided with ample practical experience to apply your theoretical understanding in a safe and relaxed environment. This will allow you to learn your strengths and develop the areas you want to enhance in the face-to-face classes.

Further, once you graduate, we will provide you with follow up support and services to ensure you do not feel alone as you continue to master your aptitudes. This is FREE and our practice commitment to you!


We offer optional tutorials for students in the following areas:

 Getting back into study
 Time Management
  Assessment Writing
  Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Ask our Support Staff or your Trainer more about these

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