Certificate IV in Youth Work

Course Focus:

This course will prepare you to develop and facilitate programs for young people to address social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people.

As a youth worker, you will be responsible for implementing policies and guidelines of the employing organisation. You will be qualified to work in neighbourhood centres, residential settings, migrant support services, and to work with at-risk young people.

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Practical Experience:

You will gain hands-on practical experience by undertaking a minimum of 120 hours of vocational placement in a Youth Work setting. This course has an ideal balance of theory and practical learning to ensure your confidence when entering the workforce.

Career Outcomes:

  • Community Development Worker
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Recreational Youth Activities Worker
  • Youth Case Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Youth and Family Service Worker.

Higher Level Skills Funding:

The Higher Level Skills Program provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to access training in selected Certificate IV level and above qualifications. Among other eligibility criteria, students must not hold a Certificate IV or higher level qualification. Contact our Enrolments Team to find out if you are eligible.


Core Units
  • CHCCDE003
    Work within a community development framework
  • CHCCOM002
    Use communication to build relationships
  • CHCLEG001
    Work legally and ethically
  • CHCGRP002
    Plan and conduct group activities
  • CHCMHS001
    Work with people with mental health issues
  • CHCPRT001
    Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • CHCYTH001
    Engage respectfully with young people
  • CHCYTH002
    Work effectively with young people in youth work context
  • CHCYTH003
    Support young people to create opportunities in their lives
  • CHCYTH004
    Respond to critical situations
  • CHCYTH010
    Provide services for young people appropriate to the needs and circumstances
  • CHCDIV001
    Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • HLTWHS001
    Participate in work health and safety
Elective Units
  • CHCAOD004
    Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
    Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
    Confirm client developmental status
    Develop and maintain collaborative networks and partnerships

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Course Details

Course Code



36 weeks



Delivery Mode

  • On Campus

Requirements of Enrolment

  • Completion of at least Year 11 from an Australian secondary school or overseas equivalent, or
  • Proof of equivalent competency in core skills to a level appropriate for the course being applied for* and
  • Completion of a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment
  • Successful Police Clearance and Working with Children Check or Blue Card
  • Medical Certificate attesting to the student’s good health
  • IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent (international students)
  • Minimum 18 years of age (international students)

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