What happened to the Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services and the Advanced Diploma of Disability? And is the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management relevant to my role as a leader in Aged Care, Early Childhood or Disability?

The Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management is not a new qualification – it was first released in 2011 and has since been updated twice, with the latest release (CHC62015) being released in 2015. Despite this, we have found that many leaders and managers are still unclear about the purpose of this qualification and whether it would benefit them or their staff.  Read on for some FAQs about this course:

Can I enroll in the Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services?

No, it is now a superseded qualification.

Can I enroll in the Advanced Diploma of Disability?

No, it is also a superseded qualification.

Why would the Advanced Diploma of Disability be superseded?

The Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council, who is responsible for the related accredited training package, states in the Implementation Guide For CHC Community Services Training Package on page 36 that:

  • Industry feedback does not sufficiently differentiate the practitioner specialisation (of the Advanced Diploma of Disability) from the Certificate IV in Disability.
  • Management and leadership skills can be found in a number of different qualifications and/or skill sets.

Why would the Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services be superseded?

The Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council, who is responsible for the related accredited training package, states in the Implementation Guide For CHC Community Services Training Package that:

  • [It is] recommended to use CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management as alternative. (p189)

What if my employer still wants me to study an Advanced Diploma (or ‘Certificate 6’) of Disability or an Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services?

Show them this article and have them call one of our Course Advisors on 1300 275 282 for more information if they have further questions.

So what is the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management?

It is now the only Advanced Diploma level qualification designed specifically for managers and leaders working in the community sector.  It equips people to lead in a time where services (no matter whether aged care, disability, early childhood or other) are going through rapid change.  No matter how your service is funded (community, government, for profit, not for profit) all organisations require their managers to have a range of business, commercial and leadership skills in order to support the service in times of increased competition and changing funding models.  These skills sit alongside the technical skills of the managers to enable them to be effective leaders.

Regardless of whether an organisation works with children, people with disabilities, people who are ageing or homeless or another support need, the following skills are needed by all leaders:

  • Managing finances and meeting budgets
  • Manage change
  • Meet compliance and quality standards
  • Lead teams effectively
  • Communicate effectively
  • Promote the service

All of these skills and more are included in the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management making it ideal for leaders in this area.  Additionally, at Customised Training we have chosen some electives that are specially tailored for the needs of leaders in early childhood or disability services.

What if I’m interested but I’m too busy to attend classes?

Although we offer classroom programs in the west of Melbourne, there are other options available for study.  Customised Training also offers this course online and we can also come to you if there is a group of 10 or more leaders in your area or service who want to study.  We can even develop a specially designed and branded leadership course for your service.

How do I find out more about the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management and if it’s the right course for me?

You can download the Course Outline for this qualification from our website or speak to one of our Course Advisors about your needs and aspirations.  There is no obligation involved in asking questions and we don’t use pushy “sales” techniques!

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