Fee-Free training in Skills for Volunteering

Are you currently unemployed, 17-24 years old, or a commonwealth benefit recipient?

You may be eligible for fee-free training in a Statement of attainment in Skills for Volunteering.

Skilling for Recovery and Summer Skills Programs

As part of the NSW Government’s Skills for Recovery and Summer Skills initiatives, the Centre for Volunteering is pleased to offer fully subsidised training to eligible volunteers through our Gain skills by giving back program.

SG00007572 Skills for Volunteering is a Partial Qualification from the Community Services Training Packaged designed specifically for volunteers.

This partial qualification will enable participants to develop foundation skills to effectively participate in the volunteer sector.

This includes:

  • What it means to be a volunteer
  • How to prepare and work as an effective volunteer
  • How to work safely ensuring your own health and safety and that of others
  • How to volunteer in particular environments, for example, aged care, disability support, hospitality, retail or sport.

This partial qualification reflects the role of entry level volunteer workers, where work takes place under direct, regular supervision within clearly defined guidelines.

To achieve this partial qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 20 hours of volunteer work.

Units of Competency

The Statement of Attainment in Skills for Volunteering SG00007572 comprises 2 units of competency

Core units:

  • Be an effective volunteer (CHCVOL001)
  • Participate in workplace health and safety (HLTWHS001)


Participating in a vocational course like the SG00007572 Skills for Volunteering can assist you to:

  • obtain hands on experience
  • gain familiarity with how workplaces operate
  • develop employability skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving skills
  • provide evidence to future employers of your skills
  • develop or improve your interpersonal skills
  • explore potential career paths
  • gain entry into other vocational training programs,  eg Certificate I and II in Active Volunteering or Certificate I in Health Support Services
  • support your transition to higher education pathways.

Participant Eligibility:


  • 15 years old or over
  • no longer at school
  • living or working in NSW
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen


The courses is delivered in a blended model with online learning using electronic media resources, though The Centre for Volunteering’s online learning plat form and external preparation and assignments and volunteering with an organisation.

Schedule and Duration:

You will need to dedicate 5-10 hours per week to successfully complete this course.

It is expected that students will complete this Statement of Attainment in 3 months.

They key to success with this study is to make a commitment and set a time each week to complete assignments and volunteering


The Skills for Recovery and Summer Skills Program are fully subsidised by the NSW Government, to eligible participants (see eligibility above).  

Assessment Requirements:

To obtain the Statement of Attainment in Skills for Volunteering you need to demonstrate the necessary skills required to effectively participate in the volunteer programs.

To show this you will need to complete ALL questions, activities and tasks provided satisfactorily.

You will need to undertake volunteer work at a supportive organisation that can support you in the practice and demonstration of the practical skills required.

You will need to gather other evidence including Third Party Reports and record a minimum of 20 volunteer hours.

Assessment is the process that determines if enough evidence is available to demonstrate that you are competent and able to perform to the required standard. Before submitting your work for assessment please

Check you have completed all the questions and you are satisfied with your answers.


Support is available to all students. If you require any additional assistance with your course, contact your coordinator directly, or call the SVM on 02 9261 3600.

If you are unable to finish this course for any reason, you may be entitled to receive a Statement of Attainment for the units you have completed.

After registering your interest you will be asked to complete an application form and confirm your eligibility to the program. This includes details of your residency status, identification, USI and contact information.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

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