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Certificate of Community Development


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

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, volunteer and not-for-profit organisations as a community development officer.

This online 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.

Course Structure

Unit 1 - Develop community projects

  • Develop project plan
  • Involve key people and organisations
  • Goals and planning
  • Project life cycle
  • Secure project resources
  • Action plans
  • Develop strategies
  • Develop educational resources
  • Prepare promotional materials
  • Distribute resources and materials
  • Encourage full participation
  • Implementing recommendations
  • Project adjustments
  • Document project outcomes
  • Law and Ethics

Unit 2 - Support community action

  • Creating opportunities for the community
  • Models of participation
  • Research methods
  • Meeting community priorities
  • Critical success factors
  • Formal agreements
  • Facilitate community support
  • Allocating resources
  • Community advocacy and lobbying
  • Overcoming barriers
  • Involving local communities
  • Using resources effectively
  • Document outcomes

Unit 3 - Develop community leadership

  • Identify community leaders
  • Identify leadership structures
  • Leadership qualities
  • Engaging communities
  • Parameters for involvement
  • Support mechanisms
  • Training and development
  • Listening to communities
  • Resource allocation chart
  • Promote community leadership
  • Leadership in the home
  • Leadership benefits
  • Structures, processes and practices
  • Defined roles
  • Learning programs
  • Develop leaderships skills
  • Organisation guidelines
  • Training methods
  • Learning and assessment programs
  • Leadership activities
  • Structured opportunities
  • Target groups
  • Human resources

Unit 4 - Develop community engagement strategies

  • Community engagement
  • Engagement process
  • Public participation
  • Collaboration and conflict
  • Legitimacy
  • Engagement tools
  • Barriers to community engagement
  • Sustainability
  • Evaluation mechanisms
  • Budget proposal
  • Funding
  • Disengaged individuals
  • Promoting participation
  • Evaluating media effectiveness
  • Group contributions
  • Group leader role
  • Effective group interactions
  • Communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Communicating decisions
  • Evaluation activities
  • Engagement feedback

Unit 5 - Work within organisation and government structures

  • Organisation structure
  • Management relationships
  • Law and Ethics
  • Decision making
  • Accountability
  • Documenting processes
  • Community development work
  • Government funding
  • Policy barriers
  • Strategic alliances / relationships
  • Agreements
  • Influencing government decisions
  • Gaining support
  • Increasing awareness
  • Building relationships
  • Legal requirements
  • Communications network
  • Cause and effect analysis
  • Promoting the organisation
  • Targeting opportunities
  • Data confidentiality and sensitivity
  • Identify political, social
  • Economic trends
  • Portability of skills
  • Compliance requirements
  • Conflict resolution
  • Performance management

Unit 6 - Develop community development strategies

  • Build community based groups
  • Community projects
  • Research structures and systems
  • Strategic alliances
  • Seek positive change
  • Community forums
  • Support community action
  • Evaluate goals and plans
  • Personal involvement
  • Management tools
  • Reporting procedures
  • Develop and maintain networks
  • Incorporate cultural practices
  • Protocols


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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Certificate Course



  • 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;
  • Unlimited enrolment with no expiry;
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
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Career Pathways

Future growth




  • Community Development Officer
  • Community Development Coordinator
  • Administration Officer – Community Development


  • Best value option
  • Includes unlimited access


  • $180 deposit
  • $35/week
  • No credit checks required


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