Full time /
2 days per week
5 weeks per unit
||Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Previous experience in the community sector would be an advantage. A sound achievement in Year 10 Science, Maths and English as well as as sound computer skills are highly desirable.
Due to the sensitivity of course content (mental health, addictions, crisis help, suicide etc), it is highly recommended that students are aged 17 or older by the course commencement date.
Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870
Study from any location
Students are required to purchase a USB to use in class. Students will be required to access online content as part of this course.
Students must have the following computer technical specifications to access the course materials and participate in the learning program:
Computer running a minimum of Windows 7 or Apple Macintosh OSX 10 with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. Please note: portable devices (smartphones, iPads, tablets) do not necessarily support all the features of Connect, our Learning Management System, and may not work properly for submitting assessments
All students must have access to a reliable Internet connection
NOTE: Connect has been designed to function on these minimum browser versions: Google Chrome (latest) (highly recommended for students), Firefox (latest), Safari (latest), Internet Explorer 10 - older versions of browsers may not correctly display information
This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.
Cairns campus: Classroom studies: please refer to applicable Timetable (located below in Relevant Documents). In addition to the timetabled class time, students will also be required to commit to at least 15 additional hours to undertake personal study and research to complete learning and assessments. Classes are held on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 3pm each week and students can enrol before each new unit commences throughout the year.
External studies: Please refer to the Order of Study (located below in Relevant Documents). This course is delivered via an online learning platform and combined with practical skills that must be demonstrated as a worker, volunteer or through completion of 80 hours of Vocational Placement with a relevant organisation. Students are recommended to enrol into two units at a time. Upon enrolment, students have 5 weeks per unit to submit assessment.
Please note: All students (both external and classroom) are required to complete approximately 15 hours per week of self-directed studies to successfully complete this qualification.
Video Conferencing: Tuesday mornings 9am – 12noon (Teacher delivers topic based content). Available to all students (Classroom and External). Students attend their nearest TAFE Queensland, North Region campus video conferencing room (must advice teacher prior to attending, so room can be booked at the applicable campus). To find out which weeks to attend, please refer to the 'VC Schedule' below in Relevant Documents.
TAFE Queensland, along with employers within the community sector, place high importance on quality learning outcomes. Students are required to demonstrate practical skills as part of their training to ensure work readiness.
Students who are not working (whether paid or voluntary) in a relevant community services workplace, are required to source and complete 80 hours of Vocational Placement in order to attain this qualification.
A Placement arrangement is not required prior to enrolling; however it is recommended that prospective students make sufficient enquiries to be confident of their ability to successfully locate a placement during the course of their studies.
Students undertaking Vocational Placement will need to apply for a Working with Children Blue Card with the assistance of TAFE and they may also be required to obtain a police check at their own cost dependant on the needs of the industry. NOTE: Students must have a Blue Card prior to enrolment, therefore we strongly suggest commencing enrolment discussions early with our Client Services team as there may be a 6-8 week processing time for Blue Card applications
Students undertaking Vocational Placement will need to apply for a Working with Children Blue Card with the assistance of TAFE and they may also be required to obtain a police check at their own cost dependant on the needs of the industry. NOTE: As students must have a Blue Card prior to enrolment, therefore we strongly suggest commencing enrolment discussions early with our Client Services team as there may be a 6-8 week processing time for Blue Card applications