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CG60 - Graduate Certificate in Human Services

About Human Services

Modes of service delivery within the human services sector are diverse. This qualification provides opportunities to acquire knowledge about case work, case management, family practice, group work, conferencing, residential care, and community work while fostering an understanding about trends in service delivery within Australia's social welfare systems.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations identifies that between 2001 and 2006  the social welfare sector grew by 26% and this trend is expected to continue.  This qualification provides opportunities for participants with any undergraduate qualification to consolidate essential knowledge for practice in the human services sector.

The focus on several methods of human service delivery in this curriculum presents opportunities for employment mobility within the sector. Further, this qualification allows participants with sound employment experience in the human services who do not possess relevant, formal studies to enhance opportunities for promotion and employment.

The innovative design of the curriculum will allow participants to focus their learning on issues of interest to them in their workplace or the human service sector more broadly including disability services, aged care services, residential care, women's wellbeing, out-of-home-care, youth work, support work in child protection, culturally sensitive practice, or community work. Co-ordinators and managers of human service organisations without human service qualifications stand to benefit from acquiring knowledge about the services they oversee.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 1 year Part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - External
Courses/Units of Credit 3 courses/24 units of credit
Faculty Sciences, Engineering & Health
How to Apply direct to the University - ONLINE
Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree in any discipline, or demonstrated and substantiated minimum of three years work experience in a human service field and interview.

Refer to the more details section for further information.

Professional Accreditation not applicable
Residential School not applicable
Practicum/Work placement not applicable
Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal GradCertHSer 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes not-applicable

Program Aims

This program provides graduates with professional knowledge to complement skills required to work in contemporary human services. Students are provided with opportunities to engage with the conceptual issues relevant to human services, including the philosophy of the profession, the ethics of professional service, legal principles, and diverse methods of delivery.  The program will equip students with practical knowledge relevant to working with individuals, families, groups and communities.

Program Structure

To satisfy the requirements of the award, students must complete 3 courses/24 units of credit as outlined in the course details

The program will be delivered over three terms of the academic year.  The first course begins in Term 1 (March) being the prerequisite for courses offered in Term 2 (July) and  Term 3 (November).

Courses Offered

Term 1
Course Code Course Name
SWHS21001 Working in Human Services: An introduction
Term 2
Course Code Course Name
SWHS21002 Casework and family work in human services
Term 3
Course Code Course Name
SWHS21003 Groups and Community work in human services

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