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Diploma, Advanced & Professional Diploma
in Community Development

Facilitate sustainable and prosperous community change

Combines the latest academic theory with practical application

You can acquire the critical thinking skills and entrepreneurial opportunities needed to make a transformational impact in people’s lives.


The program provides students with the skills needed to identify community needs and develop short- and long-term solutions to improve and revitalize communities. Graduates are also prepared to effectively manage related economic, social, and environmental issues, such as planning new parks, sheltering the homeless, and making a region more attractive to businesses. The Professional Diploma provides a proven pathway to the AIES Mini Master of Community Development.

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Promote understanding of the processes and methods of promoting community health and development.
  • Develop core competencies in this work (e.g., creating partnerships, community assessment, analyzing problems and goals, strategic planning, intervention, advocacy, evaluation, planning for sustainability).
  • Enhance experience and competence through supported practice in addressing issues in community health and development (e.g., substance abuse, prevention of chronic diseases, independent living, violence and injury prevention, youth development, neighborhood development).

To be awarded the Diploma, Advanced and Professional Diploma in Community Development you must satisfactorily complete all written contributions. Successful students will receive a Diploma, Advanced and Professional Diploma in Community Development. A transcript detailing the course will be issued to successful students.

Program Structure

The Diploma, Advanced and Professional Diploma in Community Development are delivered at AIES approved centers over the course of 6 months (each level). The Diploma, Advanced and Professional Diploma consist of four levels.

Foundation Diploma in Community Development - Level 4

  • DCD 220 - Introduction to Community Development
  • DCD 223 - Communication and Leadership Skills
  • POLI 100 - Introduction to International Politics
  • COMP 101 - Introduction to Computer Science
  • ENG 101 - English Composition

Diploma in Community Development – Level 4

  • DCD 240 - Planning Health Promotion Programs
  • DCD 245 - The Role of Ethics in Community Development
  • DCD 320 - Successful Partnerships in Community Development
  • DCD 323 - Seeking Funding for Community Projects
  • DCD 340 - Understanding Diversity and Inclusion

Advanced Diploma in Community Development – Level 5

  • DCD 345 - Cities and Urban Life
  • DCD 350 - Community and Problem-Oriented Policing
  • OMM 106 - Interpersonal Communication
  • PSY 106 - Introduction to Psychology
  • Math 206 - College Algebra

Professional Diploma in Community Development – Level 6

  • DCD 420 - Organizations and Communities
  • DCD 423 - Community Nutrition
  • DCD 440 - Socialization and Support
  • DCD 445 - Community Change
  • DCD 448 - Natural Hazards and Disasters

What can you do with a Professional Diploma in Community Development?

The welfare and community services sector is one of the fastest growing sectors, and is expected to continue growing, with good job prospects for community development professionals. Community development aims to facilitate community members working together to build better outcomes. The Diploma in Community Development will prepare you to use a creative and flexible approach to address the social, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of the community. You’ll have the skills and understanding to be a passionate and collaborative community development worker.

The Professional Diploma provides a proven pathway to the AIES Mini Master’s

Why choose AIES?

Flexible Study Options

AIES programs are extremely flexible. Our wide variety of program options enable you to specialize in areas that interest you and are in demand from employers around the world.

Cost Effective

AIES strives to ensure that our tuition is as affordable as possible without compromising the standards of our qualifications.


At AIES, we are continuously working to ensure that our course offerings are based upon the most up-to-date methodologies and academic research available.

Career Development Opportunities

Studying with AIES gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and grow your key competencies.

Find a Center Near You

Whether you wish to study full-time or part-time, AIES can assure you that we will provide you with educational options that suit your unique needs.
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Whether you are currently employed and seeking career advancement, a recent graduate, or unemployed and searching for a new position, AIES qualifications allow you to put yourself ahead of the competition.

Contact Info

Tel: 1-949-501-3701
Email: info [at] aiesus.org
Address: 155 N. Riverview Dr, Anaheim Hills, CA 92808, USA

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