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Community services is one of the largest sectors in Australia. In fact, ABS statistics released in January revealed that the Health Care and Social Assistance Industry had 39,000 job vacancies - the highest number in the Australian workforce.

It goes without saying that if you’re looking to build a career in community services, now is the time.

Community services are a huge asset in all parts of the country. By advancing in this industry, you’ll not only be launching into a fulfilling field of work, but you’ll be providing an invaluable service to vulnerable members of the community.

If you currently work one-on-one with clients, provide person-centred services to groups or individuals, or your work includes case management and community service projects; you may be able to advance in your career with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Let’s explore more about building a career in community services and the qualifications you need to get there.

What a qualification will do for you

A Diploma of Community Services - CHC52015 awarded by Spectrum Organization (RTO: 2441) or Frontier Training and Technology (RTO: 21244), will assist with strengthening the skills you’ve already developed through your work experience.

Once you’re qualified, you’ll be able to pursue a range of career opportunities in niche areas of the community service sector. Potential roles include a community service worker, family support worker, domestic violence officer and health education officer. 

This qualification is the foundation to continue with higher training and education down the track. You can grow your career further with additional qualifications listed here.

How can RPL help?

An RPL assessment uses your existing skills to fulfil the requirements needed for a formal qualification. It will help to avoid any unnecessary training for skills you already have and will fast track your path to success.

Prospective Employment

Community service is a very broad industry, and a formal qualification can give you the opportunity to advance in a number of areas including aged care, disability services, child protection, emergency relief, schools, counselling and indigenous and multicultural support.

The vast nature of this industry means there is always room to grow. You can continue to advance and achieve higher qualifications as you gain more experience and discover the areas you’re most passionate about.

Statistics show that the demand for employees in this sector will continue to grow, making it a promising area to pursue. You can review more detailed industry insights here.

Steps to completing your qualification

Community service workers are needed in cities, regional and remote areas throughout the country. Certifying your skills through RPL will help you to achieve a nationally recognised qualification, enabling you to work anywhere in Australia.

It’s simple to get started:

  • Complete a free 60 second skills check
  • Work with a member of the Skills Certified team to build your portfolio of evidence, showcasing your existing skills
  • Have your evidence reviewed by one of our partner Registered Training Organisations

If deemed competent by our partner RTO you’ll receive your formal qualification and you’ll be fully equipped to take the next step in your community service career.

In 2020, around 1.7 million people were employed in the Health Care and Social Assistance Industry in Australia, and this number is forecast to reach 1.9 million by  . With such positive employment rates, it makes sense to get your skills certified today to ensure you can progress within the industry.

If you’re interested in getting your skills formally certified through RPL, read more about A Diploma of Community Services - CHC52015 awarded by Spectrum Organization (RTO: 2441) or Frontier Training and Technology (RTO: 21244),. Or if you’re unsure which qualification is best for you, talk to our team today.

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