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CHC32015 VETDSS - Certificate III in Community Services


2 Years ½ Day/Week


Geelong City






Full qualification

Entry requirements

  • Attending a secondary school
  • Successful completion of Year 10 with the equivalent literacy and numeracy levels

You will learn

  • The inner workings of the community services sector, community development, client needs assessment, teamwork and support group activities
  • Understand how to support individuals and groups in the community services sector
  • Develop skills in assessing client needs and providing tailored services
  • Foster effective teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Administrative practices for efficient program and organisation management

Course outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program you will receive:

  • Recognition of up to two VCE VET units at Units 1 and 2 level, and a VCE VET Units 3 and 4 sequence
  • ATAR contribution: if you undertake scored assessment, the study score can contribute directly to the ATAR, either as one of your best four studies (the primary four) or as a fifth or sixth study increment 
  • Certificate III in Community Services qualification 

Dress code and course materials

  • Clothing suitable for program activities - school uniform

Assessment is based on

  • Hands-on projects
  • Written assignments
  • Questioning
  • Role play
  • Team projects

Further study options

  • Certificate IV in Community Services
  • Diploma of Community Services
  • Certificate IV in Youth Work

      = Guaranteed Gordon pathway course

How to apply

You must first speak to your school about VETDSS before proceeding with the below application.

  1. View the application requirements to find out what documents you will need to complete your application or watch our how to apply video.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

Applications & attendance

2024 VET Full Year
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 12 Mar 2024 
Class DayDelivered Geelong City Campus
Part-time: 2 Years  Apply  


Unfortunately we cannot always guarantee you will secure a place in your selected course. We recommend you apply early.



Core Units Code Hours
Communicate and work in health or community services CHCCOM005 30
Follow safe work practices for direct client care HLTWHS002 25
Manage personal stressors in the work environment HLTWHS006 25
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001 40
Elective Units Code Hours
Implement participation and engagement strategies CHCCDE004 85
Organise personal work priorities and development BSBWOR301 30
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety CHCDIV002 25
Provide First Aid HLTAID011 18
Provide first point of contact CHCCOM001 35
Respond to client needs CHCCCS016 60
Support group activities CHCGRP001 30
Work within a community development framework CHCCDE003 65


Please note that the electives listed are those delivered by the Gordon but you may not be required to complete all of these to successfully complete this qualification. In order to clarify what is required to complete this qualification, please check


Date published: 20/11/2023 4:18:09 PM