CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services - RPL

Want to make a difference in your community? The Diploma of Community Services is a unique program designed to equip people to think and act differently regarding community transformation.


Welcome to the Diploma of Community Services - 5 Day RPL

From time to time Alphacrucis College is able to offer the RPL Diploma of Community Services, a unique program designed to equip people to think and act differently regarding community transformation. 

5 Day RPL - People with community services experience have the opportunity to obtain an accredited Diploma of Community Services by participating in a 5 day RPL. This RPL mode draws upon your many years of community engagement ministry experience and provides quality gap training.

The Diploma of Community Services is endorsed by the ACC Community Engagement Director, Pastor Paul Bartlett, and is based on the TGIM Community Engagement Model, outlining the latest best practice in community engagement. It is specifically designed for experienced community workers and those who have experience in church based community services work. 

Dates for 2020 to be announced 


Applying for RPL

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process through which the skills, knowledge and experience that you already have may count towards the achievement of a nationally recognised qualification. Sometimes also referred to as 'skills recognition', RPL involves a formal assessment process, focusing on your ability to demonstrate that you have the required level of skills, knowledge and experience to meet the requirements for competency in the unit/s within the qualification.

Students join a supportive cohort of experienced people from a variety of community services to share best practice and learn from one another. They also receive teaching and input from the best trainers and some of the great leaders in our movement.

There are 3 steps in the RPL process:

Step 1 – Application

Students complete the RPL Application Form, providing as much information of their previous experience in community engagement as they can.

Additional documents required with the application:

- Birth Certificate or Passport
- CV (including details of 5+ years of community experience)

Step 2 – Gather the Evidence

Once students have applied and been accepted into the course they are sent Templates and instructions requesting three References and Wellness Instruments.  They also start working on an Evidence Checklist which refers to their work in the Diploma of Community Services Unit areas. 

They will be required to provide short answer responses, that are specific in detail and context, to a substantial number of questions.  These responses would include examples of: Place - the organisation worked for or volunteered with;  Position - the role had at the time; and People – those the student supported i.e. clients, staff, community organisations etc.  They also need to provide, for example, copies of specified policies and procedures and a Safer Churches Certificate. 

This will all be clearly communicated prior to the course commencement.  It is also detailed in the Evidence Checklist and explained in more detail throughout the Intensive. 

Step 3 – One Week Intensive

If the appropriate evidence has been submitted, students are invited to attend the one-week intensive to finalise the RPL process. During this week they hear from leading practitioners in Community Engagement, Ethics and Leadership. 

Commencing with an orientation dinner on the Monday evening, the course runs full time over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and concludes early Friday afternoon.  AC provides dinner on the Monday evening, and lunch, morning and afternoon tea for the balance of the course.

Would you like more Information? 


Phone:  02 8893 9077 and speak with Lee.

In choosing to study community services you will be empowered to make a difference in the lives of both individuals and communities! We look forward to hearing from you.

Ps Leeanne Cameron
Program Director - Community Services


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