The Certificate III in Community Services (CHC32015) is a School Based Traineeship (SBAT) and Traineeship delivered through Richmond Football Club’s partnership with Swinburne University of Technology. This unique program provides students with the experience and knowledge required for future success in the industry.

This Traineeship is designed to kick start your career as an employee in a range of community services, health and leisure management areas including client support, health/exercise programming, education and welfare. The program combines part-time work with Aligned Leisure (a minimum of seven hours per week for 
the duration of the traineeship), whilst undertaking a nationally recognised qualification with Swinburne. 

How the School Based Traineeship works?

A School Based Traineeship combines a senior secondary program (VCE or VCAL) with part-time employment and studies of a nationally recognised qualification. As a school based trainee, successful applicants will participate in scheduled training and employment each week.  

Regardless of your desired path into the sports industry, we’ll help you get there!

In partnership with Swinburne and the Richmond Football Club you will:


Certificate III in Community Services (CHC32015)


Cardinia, Nillumbik, Albury/Wodonga and Mildura


One day a week (Wednesday), face-to-face


1 year
February Intake


To see the units of study,

Course Information

Job Ready
The teaching staff work relentlessly with Aligned Leisure and other industry organisations to ensure students are job ready. The Career & Pathways team and variety of special guests support students to develop key skills, build their individual professional profile and stand out from the crowd.

Personal Development
All students are inspired to thrive and unleash their full potential. Personal development is heavily focused on throughout the course. This allows students to better understand themselves whilst improving their mental fitness, resilience, and connection to others. To see student testimonials, click here.

Certificate & Qualifications
Students will undertake HLTAID003 Provide First Aid.
Students may receive training in Pool Lifeguard and Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety qualifications to enable them to undertake placement and employment opportunities.

Ambassadors & Guest Speakers
Guest speakers, industry experts and formal ambassadors are regularly used as part of the program to provide their insights and experience about the industry. To see our ambassadors, click here.

Practical Learning
The teaching team consists of highly skilled and experienced staff who use a variety of teaching styles and methods to engage students. Learning is hands-on, practical and related to real-world and industry contexts.

VCE or VCAL Credits
Recognition of up to two units at Unit 1 and 2 level, and a Unit 3 and 4 sequence.

Students who successfully complete this program may:

  • Be accepted into the Diploma of Sport (Sport Development)/Diploma of Leadership and Management (SIS50319/BSB51918). Click here to learn more.
  • Have the opportunity to undertake further studies with Swinburne 
  • Be eligible for further employment opportunities with Aligned Leisure

Career & Employment Opportunities
Students will be introduced to a range of roles at Aligned Leisure including community engagement programming, venue management, life guarding, swim teaching amongst other community service roles. 

The following are indicative job roles for this qualification:

  • Community Development Officer
  • Community Support Worker
  • Recreational Activities Officer
  • Customer Service Officer
  • Administration Support Staff 
  • Reception support 
  • Neighborhood Centre Worker
  • At least 15 years of age
  • Enrolled in either VCE or VCAL
  • Applicants are expected to have good communication skills, basic computing skills and literacy and numeracy at least to a year 10 level. 

Students may be eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training can access the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative to have their tuition fees covered when they study this course.

Step 1: Register your interest details here

Step 2: A Richmond Institute staff member will contact you for an interview