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

Melbourne - 5th - 9th November 2018

Alphacrucis College is excited 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. 

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.

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

The Intensive will be held at AC Melbourne campus at Scoresby.

There are three simple steps for enrolling:

Step 1 – Application

Complete the RPL Application Form, providing as much information of your previous experience in community engagement as you can.

Documents required with your application:

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

Step 2 – Gather the Evidence

Once you have applied and been accepted into the course you will be sent Templates and instructions requesting three References and Wellness Instruments.  You will also start working on an Evidence Checklist which refers to your work in the Diploma of Community Services Unit areas. 

You 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 you worked or volunteered with;  Position - the role you had at the time; and People – those you supported i.e. clients, staff, community organisations etc.  You will also need to provide, for example, copies of specified policies and procedures and your 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, you will be invited to attend the one-week intensive to finalise the RPL process. During this week you will hear from leading practitioners in Community Engagement, Ethics and Leadership. 

Commencing with an orientation dinner on the Monday evening, the course will run full time over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and conclude early Friday afternoon.  AC will provide 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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