Certificate IV in Community Development

What is this course?

This qualification reflects the role of community services workers who assist in the delivery of programs that contribute to the development of capacity through public social change processes. This course has been designed to address issues that specifically impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community development.

Who is this course suited to?

This course is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who currently work, or wish to work, in a community organisation. This level of work takes place within a professional team under the guidance of others to support development within the community. Successful completion of this course enables you to work in organisations across a range of social, health, environment, economic, arts and culture and recreation sectors.

This training is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over 18 years of age.

Tranby receives funding from the Federal Government to support Indigenous non-NSW residents and from the NSW Government to support Indigenous NSW residents. This means that you do not need to pay tuition fees. The availability of ABSTUDY support is based on individual circumstances.

Course Delivery

Tranby’s student support team is here for you on your learning journey. The team includes your trainer for academic support, dedicated IT support and Student Services for general assistance. You can also book time with one of Tranby’s Elders in Residence for cultural support and connection.

The course is divided into five consecutive study blocks with their associated assessments such as virtual meetings, case studies, written reports and short answer questions. Each study block runs for approximately two months and is followed by a study break of about two weeks. The entire course runs over a one-year duration.

Students can work through the study blocks at their own pace but must submit their assessments by the due dates. The study load is typically 20-25 hours per week during study blocks.

Once we receive your Expression of Interest, we will contact you before the next course begins.
You will need access to a computer or tablet or mobile phone. If you do not have access to a suitable device, please let us know as we may be able to help.

If using a computer, you will need internet access, a PDF reader and software to view videos. Tranby will provide access to Microsoft Office 365 software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams and Outlook) as well as an individual Tranby student email address.

If using a tablet or mobile phone, you will need internet or mobile phone access and you will need to download and install apps including a PDF reader, a video viewer and Microsoft Office 365, if you do not already have them.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

For students residing outside of NSW, the training is supported by the National Indigenous Australians Agency.

Online Course

Course Enquiries

Phone: 0420 379 617


Course structure

Block Theme

Workplace safety and ethics

Working with people

Working with community

Empowering communities

Community action

Units of Competency

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

BSBATSIC411 Communicate with the community
BSBATSIL503 Manage conflict
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships

CHCCDE005 Develop and support relevant community resources
CHCCDE004 Implement participation and engagement strategies
CHCCDE003 Work within a community development framework

CHCCDE006 Work to empower Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
BSBATSIL512 Be a leader in the community
CHCINM002 Meet community information needs

CHCCDE001 Support participative planning processes
CHCCDE008 Support community action
CHCCDE010 Develop and lead community engagement strategies to enhance participation

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