Join a dynamic and growing field of work in community development encompassing many government departments, including social welfare, health, environment, economic, arts and culture and recreation services. There’s also opportunity in private enterprise, volunteering, and not-for-profit organisations as a community development officer.
The Certificate of Community Development program will provide you with the skills and knowledge to develop and organise community education and development projects and programs. You will also feel equipped to work within organisational and governmental structures to enable community development.
In this professional development course, you will discover how to support community leadership and action and learn how to implement community development strategies to achieve community goals.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident to work as part of a professional team to support community members working together to impact and guide the future of their community.
Unit 1 - Develop community projects
Develop project plan
Involve key people and organisations
Goals and planning
Project life cycle
Secure project resources
Develop educational resources
Prepare promotional materials
Distribute resources and materials
Encourage full participation
Document project outcomes
Law and Ethics
Unit 2 - Support community action
Creating opportunities for the community
Models of participation
Meeting community priorities
Critical success factors
Facilitate community support
Community advocacy and lobbying
Involving local communities
Using resources effectively
Unit 3 - Develop community leadership
Identify community leaders
Identify leadership structures
Parameters for involvement
Training and development
Listening to communities
Resource allocation chart
Promote community leadership
Leadership in the home
Structures, processes and practices
Develop leaderships skills
Learning and assessment programs
Unit 4 - Develop community engagement strategies
Collaboration and conflict
Barriers to community engagement
Evaluating media effectiveness
Group leader role
Effective group interactions
Unit 5 - Work within organisation and government structures
Law and Ethics
Community development work
Strategic alliances / relationships
Influencing government decisions
Cause and effect analysis
Promoting the organisation
Data confidentiality and sensitivity
Identify political, social
Portability of skills
Unit 6 - Develop community development strategies
Build community based groups
Research structures and systems
Seek positive change
Support community action
Evaluate goals and plans
Develop and maintain networks
Incorporate cultural practices
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
The tutors were very supportive, friendly and prompt with my queries. I enrolled in this course as I was after an introduction to the industry of Community Development. The course has been complementary to my anticipated career path. It has been satisfactory in providing a broad, expert introduction into the nature of the industry. The advice for resources and approaches to scenarios has been helpful. My experience has encouraged me to further my studies in this sector.
J. Ng, Kingsgrove, NSW | Certificate of Community Development
This was my first time studying after 37 years and found the format and process easy to follow
K. Blackwell, Rosebud, VIC | Certificate of Community Development
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 90 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
Yes! The cost for printed materials for this course is $50 per unit.Total cost for optional printed materials is: $300.00. Printed materials are optional and not required to complete the course. Everything you need to complete the course is provided online via our e-learning system.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.