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Every year, thousands of Australians are joining the community services sector1 to be part of ‘a powerful force for change across Australian communities’2.
One of the most common questions we get asked is ‘What’s the difference between the Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma of these courses?’
Short Answer – the Higher Qualifications Enable You to Work with Greater Independence
You can think of the Certificate III as an entry-level course, the Certificate IV as a mid-level job course, and the Diploma as a management level qualification. Workers with a Certificate III in Community Services will work under the direction of others. Certificate IV in Community Service Workers will often be able to work independently but with limited responsibility. Workers with the Diploma of Community Services can manage and coordinate projects with even more autonomy.
Your career goals will help you decide which qualification is right for you.
The Certificate III Breakdown
A Certificate III in Community Services reflect the role of entry-level community services workers who support individuals through the provision of person-centred services. Work may include day-to-day support of individuals in community settings or support the implementation of specific community-based programs. At this level, work takes place under the direction of others and supervision may be direct or indirect. Work may take place in a range of community services organisations.
Possible Occupations of a Certificate III in Community Services
The Certificate IV in Community Services Breakdown
This qualification reflects the role of community service workers who design and deliver person-centred services to individuals and/or groups. Workers may provide support, advocacy or interventions to individual clients, groups, or communities across a range of services. At this level, workers may be autonomous with limited responsibility within established parameters and may be required to supervise and lead other workers in projects or teams. Work may take place in a range of community service, casework or case management contexts.’
Possible Occupations of this Course
The Diploma in Community Services Breakdown
This qualification reflects the roles of:
These roles are involved in the managing, coordinating and/or delivering of person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities. At this level, workers have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously under broad directions from senior management. Workers are usually providing direct support to individuals or groups of individuals. Workers may also have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers and/or case management; program coordination or the development of new business opportunities.
To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 100 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of (the) units of competency. But our placement hours are set for 120 hours to ensure that you receive an industry-leading learning experience.’
Possible career outcomes of this Diploma
Find Out More – The Complete Course Descriptions
If you want to find out more about Community Services qualifications:
If you have any specific questions about the courses, send us an enquiry and one of our learning consultants will contact you with more information.