Becoming a community worker means that you’ll be involved in community development initiatives and solutions within a community to address needs and various issues. This could be with regards to health, housing, employment, recreation and other social services matters.
Community work is multi-faceted and focuses on community upliftment and helping communities. It focuses on work tasks that uplift and support communities, and can also include looking after orphans or vulnerable children, helping sick people, assisting teachers in schools, looking after children of working parents and even working with the local police to improve safety and reduce crime.
Depending on your level of school qualifications there are many opportunities to study for a career in this field. These range from university degrees to college diplomas and learnerships from government and other private institutions.
Grade 9 required for:
Learnership in Community Work (NQF Level and Learnership in Community Work (NQF Level 5)
NSC/NC(V) required for:
National Certificate in Community Development
National/Higher Certificate in Community Work Diploma in Community Work
Although entry requirements differ for the various educational institutions, the following subjects are helpful for the qualifications requiring an NSC/NC(V) certificate for entry:
You will need to register as a social auxiliary worker with the SA Interim Council for Social Work in order to be employed.
It is important to note that learners studying social auxiliary workers must register conditionally with the Council.
Auxiliary Social Workers can be employed by private institutions as well as government and non-governmental institutions.
South African Council for Social Service Professions
Department of Health:
Durban University of Technology:
University of Zululand – 1-year diploma:
Thuthobopelo Training and Skills Academy:
Learnerships from the government and various companies are also available to suitable applicants: