Vocation Education Training in schools contributes to your VCE / VCAL program and points.

VET DSS (VET delivered in secondary schools) courses are designed and delivered to provide you with job skills and can be delivered to secondary school students is a great way to start your career in health, commence your studies and gain employment.

  • Students must have completed year 10 in English and Mathematics
  • This program is a scored VCE CET program
  • This program may be run at your school, combined with another school or on campus at Mayfield Education in Hawthorn East
  • This program runs for 2 school years whilst you are undertaking your other year 11 and 12 subjects
  • Mayfield Education helps organise your structured workplace learning SWL

This Certificate III in Community Services is a nationally accredited health industry course which falls under the category of Human Welfare Studies. It enables you to develop the skills and knowledge to enable you to work in a variety of health care environments. This enables you to complete your schooling with a VCE that includes a qualification that can gain you employment.

About Community Service Workers

Community workers are known by a number of terms because of the variety of areas that they can work in. They make be called community care workers, residential support workers or recreational officers. They work directly with clients to assist with a range of activities.

Community Services professionals work with a variety of clients who need assistance such as:

  • Taking basic care of themselves
  • Shopping and preparing meals
  • Cleaning and organizing their homes and belongings
  • Transport to appointments
  • Attending social outings.

They can work in a variety of settings such as:

  • The general community and people’s homes
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Community centres

This is an open entry program. Please talk to your year master, your VET in school’s co-ordinator or the careers advisor of the school. They can contact us on your behalf.

Information sessions are run in person at your school and/or online where you can meet the teachers of this program. All have qualifications in this area.

This qualification contains all of the following units. Wednesday afternoons are usually dedicated for participants in this program to undertake the training.

Units studied as part of this program
  • Respond to client needs CHCCCS016
  • Communicate and work in health or community services CHCCOM005
  • Work with diverse people CHCDIV001
  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care HLTWHS002
  • Manage personal stressors in the work environment HLTWHS006
  • Provide first aid HLTAID003
  • Be an effective volunteer CHCVOL001
  • Provide first point of contact CHCCOM001
  • Organise and complete daily work activities BSBWOR202
  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures HLTINF001
  • Work within a community development framework CHCCDE003
  • Implement participation and engagement strategies CHCCDE004
Practical placement

As part of the course you will be placed in a real work environment to undertake 60 hours of voluntary work within the industry. This is organised by your school in collaboration with Mayfield Education

The classes and workshops are run 1 day/week during the term (usually Wednesday afternoons)

The course takes 2 years

On some days in the course you will also be attending excursions and undertaking SWL (structured workplace learning). This is practical experience in a real health care setting. This is organised by Mayfield Education and your school.

The dates of the program conform to the school terms. There are some additional days offered for those who want to undertake these as a Summer and Winter school. These days enable students to catch up on assessments and/or structured workplace learning and experience.

At the completion of the course you will receive points towards your VCE / VCAL program. You will also receive a Nationally accredited and recognised certificate III.

This course enables you to apply for work as an Allied Health Assistant. This course contains units which can be used as credits in a large range of health-related courses including technicians, aged care, community services and nursing etc. This course provides you with credits towards Certificate IV health care courses.

Once you have completed this qualification, you can gain credits into other health related courses if you seek to continue on the health career path:

  • CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services
  • CHC42115 Certificate IV in Community Development
  • CHC44015 Certificate IV in Coordination of volunteer programs
  • CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

The fee is negotiated with your school. Please see your VET DSS co-ordinator for details

This course can be run in three different configurations:

  • on site at your school
  • by attending another school that already runs this course
  • by attending classes and workshops at Mayfield Education in Hawthorn East
Mayfield Education

2-10 Camberwell Road
Hawthorn East VIC 3123

Quick Glance

Program code


Start date(s)

School term dates

Program length

2 school years


Your school, another school that runs this course or Mayfield Education Hawthorn

Study mode

1 day/week during the term (usually Wednesday afternoons)


(03) 9882 7644