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Certificate in Applied Community Development Studies Level II/III

Qualifications Outcomes
By the end of this programme, graduates will demonstrate understandings of community developing issues facing Pacific communities, and a range of development and management skills and approaches in planning, communication, situation analysis, working with groups and communities, projects development, evaluation and monitoring. In addition, they demonstrate some practical skills for community livelihoods and strategies to cope with a range of specific community needs.

This programme enhances participants’ knowledge in community development issues both current and emerging, appropriate community development processes, approaches, strategies and skills to enable them to be effective community workers, trainers and leaders. It involves a two weeks of practical living in a community setting where they are required to demonstrate their understanding of issues faced by the community by using participatory and learning approaches, processes and skills to help communities effectively contribute to their own development needs.

Credit Requirements Total – 55 for Level II; 70 credits for Level III
Level II qualification – 55 total credits

- minimum of 28 credits from Level II or above from CD &M (core)
- Total of 17 credits from support courses of which 14 is from level II or above
- Total of 10 credits from short courses at Band A and B or at least two electives

Level III qualifications – 70 credits
- Minimum of 45 credits from CD & M of which
- 35 is from Level III or above for CDM specialisation, and 10 from Level II
- 20 from Level II or above from CDM if you specialise in other subfields
- Minimum of 20 from feeder courses of which 15 is from Level III or above
- Any other credits from generic areas at Level II or above

Assessment Requirements
Participants must all achieve the required assessments tasks as per assessment schedule for each course to achieve the credits and these will appear in an official Record of Learning showing grade of achievement and credits.

Quality Assurance Body
New Zealand Qualifications Authority/Fiji National Qualifications Authority/SPC

Entry Requirements
Applicants must meet the general or discretionary admission requirements as well as English language proficiency entry requirements set out in the CETC website (

Transition Arrangements
The standards used for this qualification is valid for a period of 3 years pending review.
Candidates for this qualification may claim exemptions from standards and/or credits from those listed above using form E1 provided in the CETC website to apply. Exemptions will not appear on the Record of Learning.

Accreditation Arrangements
Credits gained for a standard may be used only once to meet the requirements of this qualification. To be awarded the certificate, a minimum of 40 credits at or above the level II is required.

Moderation Requirements
Internal and external moderations will be undertaken. Internal moderation will include random checks of assessment products (evidence) and records by Head as to validity, reliability, authenticity, and sufficiency of evidence. External moderation can be done by external assessors through scheduled arrangements using assessment and moderation logs.

Certification : This certificate will display the logos of FNQA/SPC


This course normally runs from March to October annually. The year is divided into two semesters each separated by a one-week inter-semester break.

SEMESTER 1 Orientation ( 1week)Core CoursesSupport/Short Courses Community Outreach Programme 1Electives INTER SEMESTER BREAK (1 week) SEMESTER 2 Electives Community Outreach Programme 2 Reporting & EvaluationGraduation

Delivery mode

A ‘hands-on’ teaching approach is the main training method. The methods include: Instructor/student/group presentationDemonstrationsResearchField tripsRole play & Community DramaPracticalsPeer teaching/evaluationParticipatory methodsCommunity outreachGuest speakers The primary role of the instructors is to facilitate learning in the most practical and useful way.

Process Skills

A number of skills are targeted during the 7 months training programme. These are: LeadershipDecision MakingCritical ThinkingCommunication / PresentationAnalysis / Evaluation / Synthesis Management and organization Writing (reports/project proposals)Budgeting IntegrationGroup / Interactive dynamics – team buildingEvaluation / Monitoring Gender awareness and analysis strategies, OHS safety issues, environmental and resource management issues, disaster mitigation and management issues are incorporated into these core courses.


Core Courses

There is one core course Community Development & Management It focuses on basic concepts and skills of community, community development, community resource mobilization, organization, motivation, leadership, decision-making, and participatory approaches to planning. It also looks at key management processes that support the community development process. A key process in the Community Development & Management course is the Community Outreach component where all trainees experience two villages attachment each of 1 week duration where they will apply some of the ideas they have learned through the Core and support Courses in the community that they are being attached to. These attachments involve mapping community needs, providing training on a particular need and developing a project proposal based on these needs.

Support and short Courses

There are three support courses

Integrated Agriculture – focuses on knowledge and skills in a range of farming/ horticulture/animal husbandry systems that are cost effective, sustainable and income-generating.

Health & Nutrition – focuses on acquiring knowledge and skills of food and nutrition principles, and its application to health, to encourage and advocate healthy choices and practices in the community.

Households and Livelihoods – Focuses on creating a better understanding of the principles of households and livelihoods to be able to plan and implement activities to promote sustainable livelihoods.
Short courses and Electives

There are short courses which are compulsory as well as electives. Short Courses are Basic Accounting for non-accountants, Basic Radio Broadcasting and Basic Graphics. Electives vary from year to year and include: Breads and Pastries, Tailoring, Stencils and Fabric Art, Microenterprise, Basic Hospitality, Art and Craft, Paper Making, Appropriate Technology. Other topics may be covered depending on demand and time and availability of resources and trainers.


CETC is piloting the use standards based assessment for the award of the Community Development Certificate. This assessment setting a standard which is a general description of what you can do and the criteria for each standard says more exactly what you must do to meet the standard. This means that for each module or course, you will be told exactly what you must do to succeed, and when you achieve the standard the learning will be recognized by being awarded credits.

The standards are like building blocks which allow you to be awarded the Community Development Certificate.

Each course will use one or more standards for you to “show what you know”. There is no limit on how many learners can achieve each standard, or be awarded the Community Certificate overall. In most cases you either achieve the standard or you don’t, although some standards also offer the possibility of distinction being awarded. In cases where after an initial assessment, you have not achieved the standard, you may be offered further assessment opportunities after additional learning has happened. The assessments used to recognize your achievement for each standard may be tests, assignments or practical exercises, but in all cases you will know what is expected of you through the criteria in each standard. Each standard carries a number of credits at a given level.

The value of the credits reflects how much learning is required to meet the criteria of the standard. For example a standard worth 2 credits should be achievable after about 20 hours of total learning time, and one worth 4 credits after about 40 hours of total learning time. However the amount of course time may be less than the total learning time depending on what you already know from previous experience when you begin the course. The level that is given to each standard is based upon the difficulty of the ideas and skills being assessed, and how much of the learning is carried out by the learner without direction from the teacher. For example a course that involves you finding out things for yourself, some of which may be difficult, could be at level 3, and one where you take notes on simple ideas in class may be at level 1. In total, you need to earn a minimum total of 65 credits, to gain the certificate, and must have at least a minimum number of credits from the core components of the course.

Subject/Hour allocation

§ Community Development & Management 14 hrs/wk

§ Integrated Agriculture – 6 hrs/wk

§ Nutrition Health – 6 hrs/wk

§ Households & Livelihoods – 4 hrs/wk