Qualification details

CHC51908 - Diploma of Relationship Education (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to CHC51907 - Diploma of Relationship Education 24/Mar/2011
Is superseded by and equivalent to CHC51912 - Diploma of Relationship EducationUpdated in V4 Updated core WHS unit. Equivalent vocational outcome. 06/May/2012

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 25/Mar/2011

Units of competency

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CHCCS601B - Work with clients with unique needsWork with clients with unique needsSupersededN/A
CHCAD504A - Provide advocacy and representation servicesProvide advocacy and representation servicesSupersededN/A
CHCAD603A - Provide systems advocacy servicesProvide systems advocacy servicesSupersededN/A
CHCCS427A - Facilitate adult learning and developmentFacilitate adult learning and developmentSupersededN/A
CHCFAM421B - Work with parents of very young childrenWork with parents of very young childrenSupersededN/A
CHCFAM417B - Identify and use strengths-based practiceIdentify and use strengths-based practiceDeletedN/A
CHCCD413D - Work within specific communitiesWork within specific communitiesSupersededN/A
HLTHIR404D - Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peopleWork effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peopleSupersededN/A
CHCDFV404C - Promote community awareness of domestic and family violencePromote community awareness of domestic and family violenceSupersededN/A
CHCYTH403B - Support young people to create opportunities in their livesSupport young people to create opportunities in their livesSupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 411713 Family Support Worker 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3421-19 Family Support Worker 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0905 Human Welfare Studies And Services 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Advice and Counselling 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Relationship Education Coordinator 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 411713 Family Support Worker 02/Feb/2009 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3421-19 Family Support Worker 02/Feb/2009 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0905 Human Welfare Studies And Services 02/Feb/2009 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 02/Feb/2009 
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Modification History

Not Applicable


This qualification applies to workers employed in roles that provide non-therapeutic supports, interventions, information and referral and education and skills training to individuals, couples, and to families. The role is primarily that of education and skills development including affective, cognitive and psychomotor learning outcomes.

The life skills programs delivered by these workers are designed to help people learn how to enhance their relationships with intimate partners, spouses, parents, children, siblings, colleagues or friends. Specific client groups can be men, women, parents, couples, children, young people and families. Clients may face specific issues such as separation and mental health, alcohol and other drugs issues. Programs deal with issues across the life cycle.

Client groups are highly diverse, especially in relation to cultural backgrounds and family structures. A broad understanding of family and family arrangements is fundamental to this work.

Workers at this level may be delivering existing programs but are also able to develop new programs including developing and delivering community education and community development programs. The role is not a counselling one. Workers at this level require effective communication skills, conflict management, and program development, delivery and review. They may also require skills for more complex group facilitation and psycho-education. Additionally they may require a greater depth of skills and knowledge to work with specific client groups.

This qualification may also be appropriate for workers who have a responsibility for managing the delivery of relationship education services. These workers would need to undertake appropriate management units from the identified management electives.

These services are being provided in a number of different ways by a wide range of service providers within the health, human services and education sectors. Workers in these roles may work with limited supervision and utilise elements of counselling/dispute resolution skills and knowledge incidentally when working with families. However, primary functions do not involve clinical or therapeutic higher level knowledge or skills application.

Occupational titles  for these workers may include:

  • Coordinator relationship education services
  • Family support worker
  • Family/parent educator
  • Marriage and family educator
  • Family/parent facilitator
  • Men's service officer
  • Family relationships support worker
  • Relationship educator
  • Fathers worker

Pathways Information

Not Applicable

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements 

To gain entry into CHC51908 Diploma of Relationship Education  it is recommended that candidates have sufficient relevant work experience to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

  • The self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas
  • The exercise of independent judgement and decision-making
  • The application of a relevant technical and other skills.

Employability Skills Summary

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries

Packaging Rules


20 units of competency are required for award of this qualification, including:

  • 12 core units
  • 8 elective units

2 electives from Groups A and B as listed below:

  • 1 unit MUST  be selected from Group A Management electives 
  • 1 unit MUST  be selected from Group B Community work , group work and psycho-education electives 

A wide range of additional elective units is available, including:

  • Group C elective which is recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice
  • Other relevant electives listed below
  • Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages
  • Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 3 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on the NTIS or other public listing

NOTE : Candidates seeking a pathway to the Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Counselling  OR Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution  are encouraged to confirm pre-requisite unit requirements when selecting electives

Core units 

CHCCD402A Develop and provide community education projects 

CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships 

CHCDFV301A Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence 

CHCFAM406B Engage and resource clients to improve their interpersonal relationships 

CHCFAM407B Work effectively in relationship work 

CHCFAM408B Undertake relationship and family work in the context of the agency and sector 

CHCGROUP403D Plan and conduct group activities 

CHCINF407D Meet information needs of the community 

HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co -workers 

HLTOHS401A Maintain workplace OHS processes 

TAEDEL401A Plan , organise and deliver group -based learning 

TAEDES401A Design and develop learning programs 

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice 

All workers undertaking work in relationship education need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community Services Training Package.

Relevant electives 

Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules.

Group A  - Management electives 

At least ONE management elective MUST  be selected from the following four electives considered particularly relevant to managing the delivery of relationship education services:

CHCCD404D Develop and implement community programs 

CHCCS503A Develop , implement and review services and programs to meet client needs 

CHCFAM523B Manage training and development activities for relationship practitioners  (Note pre -requisites : CHCFAM406B, CHCFAM407B, CHCFAM408B)

CHCORG611B Lead and develop others in a community sector workplace 

For job roles involving management and coordination of relationship education services, it is proposed that a significant number of the above electives are selected.

Group B  - Community work , group work and psycho-education electives 

At least ONE community work , group work or psycho-education elective MUST  be selected

) Community work electives 

CHCCD307C Support community resources 

CHCCD505D Develop community resources 

CHCCD514A Implement community development strategies 

CHCCS410A Facilitate client participation in the organisation and its management 

) Group work and psycho -education electives 

CHCCS401B Facilitate responsible behaviour 

CHCFAM416B Implement harm reduction strategies  (Note pre -requisites : CHCFAM406B, CHCFAM407B, CHCGROUP403D, CHCDFV301A)

CHCGROUP408B Facilitate and review a psycho -educational group 

CHCGROUP410B Deliver a structured program 

CHCGROUP504B Assess group members and their social systems 

CHCGROUP509B Manage disclosures and disruptions in groups 

Group C elective  - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice 

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients or communities, the following elective is recommended:

HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander people 

Other relevant electives 

The following grouping of relevant electives is provided to facilitate selection and does not necessarily reflect workplace requirements. Electives may be selected from one or more groups. Employers may specify certain electives as required to address workplace needs.

Other management and coordination electives 

BSBRSK501A Manage risk 

CHCADMIN604B Manage the finances , accounts and resources of an organisation 

CHCCD619B Establish and maintain community , government and business partnerships 

CHCORG423B Maintain quality service delivery 

CHCORG506D Coordinate the work environment 

CHCORG607C Manage workplace issues 

PSPMNGT605B Manage diversity 

Work practice electives 

CHCAD504A Provide advocacy and representation services 

CHCAD603A Provide systems advocacy services 

CHCCH427A Work effectively with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness 

CHCCM503C Develop , facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management 

CHCCS400B Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework 

CHCCS407B Operate referral procedures 

CHCCS416A Assess and provide services for clients with complex needs 

CHCCS422A Respond holistically to client issues and refer appropriately 

CHCCS427A Facilitate adult learning and development 

CHCCS601B Work with clients with unique needs 

CHCCSL501A Work within a structured counselling framework 

CHCCSL507A Support clients in decision -making processes 

CHCFAM417B Identify and use strengths -based practice 

CHCFAM520B Use strengths -based practice in supervision 

CHCFAM522B Assist clients to develop emotional regulation  (Note pre -requisites : CHCFAM406B, CHCFAM407B, CHCGROUP403D, CHCDFV301A)

CHCLLN403A Identify clients with language , literacy and numeracy needs and respond effectively 

CHCMH411A Work with people with mental health issues 

CHCNET404A Facilitate links with other services 

CHCORG525D Recruit and coordinate volunteers 

CHCORG627B Provide mentoring support to colleagues 

Working with people experiencing domestic and family violence 

CHCDFV402C Manage own professional development in responding to domestic and family violence 

CHCDFV403C Provide crisis intervention and support to those experiencing domestic and family violence 

CHCDFV404C Promote community awareness of domestic and family violence 

CHCDFV406C Provide domestic and family violence support in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities 

CHCDFV407C Provide domestic and family violence support in non -English speaking background communities 

Working cross-culturally 

CHCCD413D Work within specific communities 

HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander people 

RTD4802A Develop approaches to include cultural and human diversity 

Working effectively in an organisation 

CHCINF302C Maintain the organisation's information systems 

CHCORG405D Maintain an effective work environment 

Working with men and fathers 

CHCFAM409B Work with men 

CHCFAM411B Engage fathers into family based programs  (Note pre -requisites : CHCFAM407B, CHCGROUP403D)

CHCFAM510B Work with separated fathers  (Note pre -requisites : CHCFAM407B, CHCGROUP403D)

Working with women and mothers 

CHCFAM412B Work with women 

Working with couples 

CHCFAM413B Facilitate couple processes within group work 

CHCFAM414B Use tools for exploring relationships 

Electives for working with families 

CHCCHILD404A Support the rights and safety of children and young people 

CHCCHILD504B Assess risk of harm to children and young people 

CHCCS404B Facilitate family intervention strategies 

CHCCS414A Provide education and support on parenting , health and well being 

CHCFAM421B Work with parents of very young children 

CHCFAM503B Work with a child focused approach 

CHCFAM515B Work holistically with families  (Note pre -requisites : CHCFAM406B, CHCFAM407B

CHCPR303D Develop understanding of children's interests and developmental needs 

CHCRF402B Provide intervention support to children and families 

CHCRF511A Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate care for children 

CHCRF624C Support parents in their parenting role  (Note pre -requisite : CHCRF511A)

CHCYTH301E Work effectively with young people 

CHCYTH403B Support young people to create opportunities in their lives 

CHCYTH511B Work effectively with young people and their families