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This course is designed for those who have a passion for working with young people and are wanting to pursue a career in this area. The CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work provides the skills, knowledge and frameworks for effectively supporting young people in a range of community-based programs and settings. On completion you will be able to effectively support young people and develop and facilitate programs that address their social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs. You will also be able to work alongside youth providing advocacy and serving as a role model for those you support within youth centres, residential settings or community-based programs.

About the Sector:

Youth Work is focused on providing community-based support for young people aged 12 – 24. Key tasks include:

  • Assisting young people to solve social, emotional and financial problems
  • Assessing young people’s needs, developing and implementing educational, training and support programs
  • Monitor and report on the progress of clients
  • Refer clients to agencies that can provide additional support

This work is often undertaken through employment in community, government and youth sector agencies and workers will be:

  • Responsible for implementing policies and guidelines of the employing organisation
  • Largely self-directed with fairly autonomous decision-making capacity under the indirect supervision of a manager

Benefits of Studying the Course:

  • Gain an Australia wide accredited qualification
  • According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook Service, the Youth Work sector has “Very Strong” future growth prospects and currently has in excess of 60% of people working full-time
  • Access to an employment area that offers a diversity of roles and working conditions – including flexible hours
  • Develop strong communication and relationship building skills to enhance the best that is in every young person

Employment Opportunities:

The CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work qualification provides for employment in the following roles:

  • Youth Support Worker
  • Child or Youth Residential Care Worker
  • Child Safety Support Worker
  • Housing Support Worker
  • Employment Services Worker
  • Foster Support Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Youth Detention Worker

Course Duration:

6 months to 12 months.

There are 18 units of study in the qualification made up of 14 core units and 4 elective units of competency.

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 the 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:

CHCCCS016     Respond to client needs

CHCADV001    Facilitate the interests and rights of clients

CHCCCS009     Facilitate responsible behaviour

CHCDIS002      Follow established person-centred behaviour supports There are no pre requisites for any of the core or elective courses.

Delivery Mode:

The CHC40413 can be studied face to face, online or blended. The delivery mode is dependent on the learners preferred learning needs, personal commitments and geographic location.

A minimum of 40 hours mandatory work placement is required as 9 units of competency contain assessments that must be undertaken in the workplace.

The mandatory work placement will give you a practical introduction to working in the sector, enable you to start developing your professional networks, whilst also providing an insight into the broad range of career opportunities that might be suitable to you.

Recommended Study Hours Per Week:

25 hours per week, including placement time. This may vary for students who are able to claim Recognition of Prior Learning.

Learning Materials and Methods May Include:

  • Paper based and/or digital content with assessments accessed online
  • Access to Skills Generation Learning Management System (LMS) including Library resources
  • Skype/other for one on one training sessions, group discussions and virtual classrooms
  • Inclusive Learning Strategies are also available for learners with disabilities enabling them to participate on the same basis as other learners

Skills Generation provides a facilitative and collaborative environment to support the underpinnings of effective community services practice.

Assessments may include:

  • Professional discussions / mentoring with your trainer
  • Individual tasks, assignments and case studies
  • Group work/assignments for face to face delivery
  • Work based reflective tasks
  • Third party reporting from your workplace supervisor
  • Demonstration of practical skills through digital recording as applicable

Certification / Recognition:

On successful completion of all units of competency and having completed the mandatory work placement, you will receive the nationally recognised qualification:

CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work

The qualification is awarded by Skills Generation RTO41008, with training and assessment having been delivered by Skills Generation or a Third Party approved training provider.

Learner Requirements:

  • Access to a computer with word processing, email, Skype/other, PDF reader capabilities and a reliable internet connection
  • Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) levels that indicate you have a high probability of being able to successfully complete the Skills Generation can help you assess your current LLN levels as required to ensure we are able to effectively support you
  • Current Blue Card – Skills Generation can assist you to obtain one on enrollment
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week

Online Study:

Skills Generation’s Learning Management System (LMS) offers you a one–stop–shop for accessing your learning content and assessment, as well as allowing you to communicate with your trainer/assessor and other students if you wish. You can upload your assessments with no size or format limits as well as accessing your trainers/assessor’s feedback and monitoring your results.

You’ll have access 24/7 for ultimate study flexibility at times that suit you. The Skills Generation LMS Resources Library provides you with additional resources that may enhance your learning experience.

Work Placement:

Skills Generation requires you to complete 40 hours of relevant industry work placement as part of the qualification. This is required to ensure you have a practical insight into the industry prior to graduation and meet industry suitability requirements. You will need to find your own work placement with an organisation approved by Skills Generation and it is important you commence this process at the beginning of the course. Skills Generation staff and your trainer will be available to assist you in identifying relevant organisations. You will be responsible for the cost of any travel and accommodation if the work placement is outside your region.

There is very high demand for Youth Workers and it is common that students have gained employment upon partial completion of the course with the proviso that they complete their qualification within twelve months of employment. If you gain employment as a youth worker part way through your course, your employment is used as evidence of your 40 hours work placement. Your practical activities are then undertaken as part of your job role and the same logbook is used as assessment evidence.

First Aid Certificate:

A First Aid Certificate is not a requirement for this course, however many employers appreciate staff holding current First Aid Certificates.

About Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

If you are currently working, or have previously worked in a relevant industry, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL applies where you have work place experience/competency that can be formally assessed against the units of competency in this course. There is an RPL Kit developed for this qualification and if you wish to undertake an RPL process, please advise Student Services or your trainer/ assessor.

RPL can be for a partial (one or more units) or full qualification (all units) so if you believe you have the evidence to support a request a RPL, please speak with your trainer.

You’ll Need a USI:

The Commonwealth Government requires all students doing nationally recognised, accredited training courses to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Students are unable to enrol without their USI. To find out more and obtain your USI please go to: students

What’s Your Investment?

This course currently attracts government funding if you meet certain eligibility criteria. For those who are eligible your co-contribution for the course could be as little as $100 - $150. Please go to our online eligibility form and complete an obligation free assessment and we will come back to you with the results. You can then make an informed decision about proceeding.

If you are not eligible for funding, the full cost of this course is $3,500.

Payment Plans are available through the PaySmart payment platform. This allows you to make weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment instalments – please note that fees apply. Paying in instalments allows you to manage your finances within your budget. Student Services can assist you with further details.

We’re Here to Help:

Depending on the type of assistance you require will depend on who is the best person to assist you. For all course content, assessments and work placement queries your trainer/assessor is the best person to contact.

If you change your address or contact details, have questions about funding, payments, USI, enrolment etc., please contact Student Services at Please note that we must to kept updated on any changes to contact details.

Student Services can also connect you to the LMS Coordinator who is here to help you navigate Skills Generation’s LMS.

Anything that will make your study life easier, we’re here for you – so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What’s Next?

When you complete this course, you may want to enhance your skills and knowledge and your job promotion prospects by going on to study:

CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work

University Pathways

Skills Generation proudly partners with select Australian Universities to provide pathway options for university study. University pathways include guaranteed entry and credit for Skills Generation graduates of Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications.

Learn more about university pathways for Skills Generation graduates

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