Diploma of Relationship Education

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



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

add topic CHCCD402A Develop and provide community education projects

add topic CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships

add topic CHCDFV301A Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

add topic CHCFAM406B Engage and resource clients to improve their interpersonal relationships

add topic CHCFAM407B Work effectively in relationship work

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

add topic CHCGROUP403D Plan and conduct group activities

add topic CHCINF407D Meet information needs of the community

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic HLTOHS401A Maintain workplace OHS processes

add topic TAEDEL401A Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning

add topic 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 ONEmanagement electiveMUST be selected from the following four electives considered particularly relevant to managing the delivery of relationship education services:

add topic CHCCD404D Develop and implement community programs

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

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

add topic 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 ONEcommunity work, group work or psycho-education elective MUST be selected

a) Community work electives

add topic CHCCD307C Support community resources

add topic CHCCD505D Develop community resources

add topic CHCCD514A Implement community development strategies

add topic CHCCS410A Facilitate client participation in the organisation and its management

b) Group work and psycho-education electives

add topic CHCCS401B Facilitate responsible behaviour

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

add topic CHCGROUP408B Facilitate and review a psycho-educational group

add topic CHCGROUP410B Deliver a structured program

add topic CHCGROUP504B Assess group members and their social systems

add topic 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:

add topic 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

add topic BSBRSK501A Manage risk

add topic CHCADMIN604B Manage the finances, accounts and resources of an organisation

add topic CHCCD619B Establish and maintain community, government and business partnerships

add topic CHCORG423B Maintain quality service delivery

add topic CHCORG506D Coordinate the work environment

add topic CHCORG607C Manage workplace issues

add topic PSPMNGT605B Manage diversity

Work practice electives

add topic CHCAD504A Provide advocacy and representation services

add topic CHCAD603A Provide systems advocacy services

add topic CHCCH427A Work effectively with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness

add topic CHCCM503C Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management

add topic CHCCS400B Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

add topic CHCCS407B Operate referral procedures

add topic CHCCS416A Assess and provide services for clients with complex needs

add topic CHCCS422A Respond holistically to client issues and refer appropriately

add topic CHCCS427A Facilitate adult learning and development

add topic CHCCS601B Work with clients with unique needs

add topic CHCCSL501A Work within a structured counselling framework

add topic CHCCSL507A Support clients in decision-making processes

add topic CHCFAM417B Identify and use strengths-based practice

add topic CHCFAM520B Use strengths-based practice in supervision

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

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

add topic CHCMH411A Work with people with mental health issues

add topic CHCNET404A Facilitate links with other services

add topic CHCORG525D Recruit and coordinate volunteers

add topic CHCORG627B Provide mentoring support to colleagues

Working with people experiencing domestic and family violence

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

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

add topic CHCDFV404C Promote community awareness of domestic and family violence

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

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

Working cross-culturally

add topic CHCCD413D Work within specific communities

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

add topic RTD4802A Develop approaches to include cultural and human diversity

Working effectively in an organisation

add topic CHCINF302C Maintain the organisation's information systems

add topic CHCORG405D Maintain an effective work environment

Working with men and fathers

add topic CHCFAM409B Work with men

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

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

Working with women and mothers

add topic CHCFAM412B Work with women

Working with couples

add topic CHCFAM413B Facilitate couple processes within group work

add topic CHCFAM414B Use tools for exploring relationships

Electives for working with families

add topic CHCCHILD404A Support the rights and safety of children and young people

add topic CHCCHILD504B Assess risk of harm to children and young people

add topic CHCCS404B Facilitate family intervention strategies

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

add topic CHCFAM421B Work with parents of very young children

add topic CHCFAM503B Work with a child focused approach

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

add topic CHCPR303D Develop understanding of children's interests and developmental needs

add topic CHCRF402B Provide intervention support to children and families

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

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

add topic CHCYTH301E Work effectively with young people

add topic CHCYTH403B Support young people to create opportunities in their lives

add topic CHCYTH511B Work effectively with young people and their families


    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.

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

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