Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management CHC62015

Skills Training Australia's Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management is designed for managers across a range of community sector organisations, projects, or services within the community services sector.


This may include managing Community Houses, Disability Services, Aged Care Facilities, Home and Community programs, volunteer services, or other services within the broader range of community services sectors.


Studying for your Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management with Skills Training Australia offers many benefits to you:


  • Our campus locations make studying near home easier

We have a long established campus in Knox and a brand new campus in the heart of Melbourne CBD a short walk from Southern Cross station.


  • Our fees are highly competitive for comparable quality courses

We provide fee-for-service places for the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management. Please speak to a student engagement team member for more information.


  • Regular course Intakes are available throughout the year

We offer regular course intakes throughout the year. All of our training courses are delivered during school terms to accommodate all lifestyles.


  • Our staff are passionate about community services

You can be comfortable knowing that you are learning industry best practice, as your trainers are still active in the Community Services sector. Through this ongoing engagement we see changes in the industry as they occur; this constant monitoring allows us to improve our courses to make sure that what you are studying is as relevant and up-to-date as possible.


  • Our state-of-the-art campuses are designed around our students

We focus on your success while you study with us, providing comfortable, uncrowded training spaces, and dedicated assistance during your course.


To gain entry into the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management a candidate must:

  • • Have sufficient relevant experience and knowledge of community work and/or community services to indicate likely success at this level of qualification. They must also be able to demonstrate a firm grasp of language, literacy, technical and other skills to pass the course.

    • Must be currently working within the community services sector, and be able to provide the following documents.

    o A copy of your current resume
    o A position description of your most current position
    o Completed answers as part of your pre-training review
    o A letter of support from your current employer
  •  Is this course right for you?

We encourage you to do further research into the course and have a passion for the community services industry. It is important to understand the requirements of someone who holds an Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management.

Once you have your qualification, you may also be able to:

  • • Manage a specific program or project, or broader management of a community-based organisation, early childhood education service, not-for-profit organisation or community centre.
    • Work independently and report to executive management, directors or boards of management.
    • Undertake a range of functions requiring the application of knowledge and skills to achieve results in line with the organisation's goals and strategic directions.
    • Have responsibility for planning and monitoring service delivery, recruitment and performance management of other paid or unpaid workers, managing risk and contributing to continuous improvement within the scope of their specific role.

There are many positive aspects to this role, and it also offers some challenging aspects. Knowing both will help you make an informed decision about whether this is the right career path for you.

Student Entry Procedure - for eligible students electing to access VET Student Loans from 1 July 2017

All students wishing to apply for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan must be assessed for academic suitability to undertake a high level VET qualification.

This academic assessment is in addition to any entry requirements that may be required for the specific course a student wishes to undertake.

The student must:

  • provide a copy of the individual's senior secondary certificate of education from an Australian agency; OR
  • provide evidence of attainment of an Australian Qualification Framework qualification at certificate 4 or above; OR
  • undertake an approved reading and numeracy assessment and meet the required standard. The assessment tool used is VETASSESS and the student must attain a minimum of ACSF Exit Level 3 in both reading and numeracy.

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements

A VET student loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid

For more information, please refer to our VET Student Loans page.



Course Structure

To obtain the qualification in Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management, students must complete 13 units of competency, and be competent in the practical delivery of the course, obtained through workplace experience and signed off by a manager.

Delivery Models

Skills Training Australia offer a number of different delivery models to assist students and businesses in getting the outcomes they desire. We recognise that all individuals learn in different ways, so we have designed various models to cater for the needs of the industry. Skills Training offer the following learning models for the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management:

Classroom Program - Is delivered 1 day a month over 4 school terms within a classroom setting. This course will also require you to dedicate about 10-15 hours per week of your own time to complete assessments.

On-the-job distance program - This program is designed to work with your current employer. This will allow you to have the program delivered to you as a distance student in a supported work environment. A training plan will be created, in conjunction with you and your employer, highlighting the course schedule and requirements. You MUST be already employed in the industry to be eligible for this model.

Delivery Locations

The qualification can be delivered at a Skills Training Australia campus or at your place of employment.


Career Options

Once you have completed your Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management, you can apply for a range of different positions, including:

Centre manager

Coordinator (large organisation)

Community care manager

Manager (small agency/service)

Community development manager

Program area manager

Community education manager

Project manager

Community services manager

Volunteer program manager

Further Education Pathways

On successful completion of the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management, participants are able to apply with Skills Training Australia for courses in:

CHC70208 Graduate Certificate in Community Services Practice (Client assessment and case management)

The Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management is made up of

13 Units

CHCDIV003     Manage and promote diversity

CHCLEG003     Manage legal and ethical compliance

CHCMGT001   Develop, implement and review quality framework

CHCMGT003   Lead the work team

BSBFIM601      Manage finances

BSBINN601      Lead and manage organisational change

BSBMGT608    Manage innovation and continuous improvement

BSBRSK501      Manage risk

CHCFAM003    Support people to improve relationships

CHCCOM003   Develop workplace communication strategies

CHCPRP003     Reflect on and improve own professional practice

CHCPRP004     Promote and represent the service

BSBMGT617    Develop and implement a business plan

Tuition Information

All of our quoted costs for the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management include materials, resources and enrolment costs. The only additional cost will be for your Police Check and Working with Children Check, which you will need to apply for separately prior to going on placement.

Full Fee Enrolment

$6500 - this cost is the full fee for the course.

Equal Opportunity

Skills Training Australia is fully committed to the principles of equal opportunity and to providing training opportunities for all people. We actively encourage potential students from disadvantaged groups to apply for training opportunities with us. We would especially encourage people with an Aboriginal background, students who do not have English as their primary language, mature aged students, and students with disabilities or impairments to apply.

For more information about our fees please see our Fees and Funding page.

Currently no enrolments are being taken for 2018


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