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From educating young children to caring for the elderly, the community services sector includes a range of essential services. To recognise the important role this industry plays in our society, the Queensland Government is offering free Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to experienced community services workers.

The community services industry plays a vital role in our community. From educating young children to caring for the elderly and supporting those in need, the sector includes a range of essential services that impact all aspects of our community. But workers in this specialised industry need much more than a caring nature to succeed with diverse skills including patient care, education delivery, and crisis support required for even some entry level roles.

As the COIVD-19 pandemic brought our lives to a halt, our community services workers were there to keep things running, nurturing the children of essential workers, caring for the elderly, and providing support to those who were struggling. To recognise the important role this industry plays in our society, the Queensland Government is offering free Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to experienced community services workers. As we start to recover from a year unlike no other, now's the perfect time to invest in yourself and future-proof your community services career.

Turn your experience into a qualification

TAFE Queensland's free Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program is allowing experienced community services workers to have their years of skills and experience recognised. This process allows eligible Queenslanders to get formally recognised for the skills you already have at no cost. What's even better is that any gap training required to complete the qualification is also fully funded under the program.

Whatever your goal, this is a genuine opportunity to give your healthcare career a boost. Getting recognition for the skills and experience you’ve gained on the job means less study time for you while increasing your future job prospects and earning potential.

A number of courses in child care, aged care, community services, and business administration are available through this program including:

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113)
This course covers a number of core skills including how to plan, implement and evaluate educational early childhood programs, support health meal times for children, and foster individual development.

Certificate III in Community Services (CHC32015)
This qualification covers core skills in managing personal stressors in the workplace, working with diverse people, and the communication skills required for operating in community services organisations.

Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015)
This course includes units on supporting independence and wellbeing, facilitating the empowerment of older people, and providing support to those living with a disability.

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113)
This course covers the skills and practical knowledge required to design and implement early childhood programs by understanding the emotional, physical, cognitive and social needs of young children.

Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015)
This course includes units on working within legal and ethical frameworks, high-level communication skills, and developing strategies to work with at-risk groups within the community.

Certificate III in Business Administration (BSB30415)
This course covers a range of essential business skills including computer technology, organisation skills, spreadsheets, payroll processing, and accounts payable and receivable.

Diploma of Leadership & Management (BSB51918)
This course includes key leadership skills including how to use emotional intelligence to maximise team outcomes and how to develop an operational plan to facilitate effective workplace practices.

What does it cost?

The FREE RPL program is available to eligible Queenslanders at no cost. The program is fully funded by the Queensland Government, through the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training. The program is part of the Queensland Government’s $500 million Workplace Assistance Package — designed to help the economy get back-on-track.

How to apply

Places for this funding are limited so get your application in today to take advantage of this great opportunity. Register now to find out how TAFE Queensland's FREE RPL program can help you get recognised for the skills you already have.

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