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RTO Code: 3113 CRICOS Code: 00124K (Melbourne) 02475D (Sydney)
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What is Youth Work?

Youth Work

Youth work is a practice that places young people and their interests first. Youth work is a relational practice, where the youth worker operates alongside the young person in their context.

Youth work is an empowering practice that advocates for and facilitates a young person's independence, participation in society, connectedness and realisation of their rights. (AYAC 2013)

This course trains you to be responsible for programs and services designed to meet the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people, managed through a range of community and institution-based agencies.         

The Certificate IV in Youth Work will provide you with real-world skills and provide you with the opportunity to undertake a fieldwork placement within a youth service to practically apply your skills.

 Your skills set will include the ability to:

  • Engage with young people
  • Network with other agencies
  • Work in a culturally diverse environment
  • Develop programs and services for young
  • Advocate for young people
  • Work within an ethical framework




The Coordinators for the Cert IV in Youth Work groups are as follows;

Group 1 -


Group 2 - Sam Romijn 


2016 MidYear Group - Alex Nissen


    Study Pathways


    Students can pathway into the Diploma of Youth Work after completing the Certificate IV in Youth Work at Victoria Polytechnic.

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

    You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. 

    Call us on +61 3 9919 6100 to discuss RPL options with the course manager.


      Industry Project

      As part of the Certificate IV in Youth Work students will undertake industry based projects. These projects are aimed to provide students with the opportunity to work directly within the Youth Work industry. Some of these examples of industry based projects can include

      •  Working within a simulated environment where students will be assessed by a Youth Worker who is currently working within industry.
      • Organise and participate in community events for example plan a fund raising project for Mental Health week, Cultural Diversity week, or for the LGBTI community
      • Visits to local youth services agencies where students have the opportunity to network with youth workers and view the daily tasks that Youth Workers may undergo. 

      All of our industry projects are directly linked with the competencies of the Certificate IV in Youth Work training package. 


        Course Structure

        To successfully attain the award of Certificate IV in Youth Work CHC40413, participants must successfully complete a total of eighteen (18) units of competency, comprising of fourteen (14) Core Units, and four (4) Elective Units. Electives have been carefully chosen in accordance with the packaging rules specified in CHC Community Services Training Package and extensive industry consultation. 

        Units  covered are;


        • CHCCDE003 - Work Within a Community Development Framework
        • CHCCOM002- Use  communication to build relationships
        • CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
        • CHCDIV001 - Work with Diverse people
        • 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
        • CHCYTH010 - Provide Services to Young People Appropriate to their needs and circumstances
        • HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health and safety
        • CHCMHS001 - Work with people with mental health issues
        • CHCPRT001 - Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
        • CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically
        • CHCYTH004 - Respond to Critical Situations
        • CHCGRP002 - Plan and conduct Group Activities


        • CHCAOD001 - Work in the alcohol and other drugs context
        • CHCGRP001 - Support Group Activities
        • CHCYTH005 - Develop and implement procedures to enable young people to address their needs
        • CHCCOM003 - Develop, implement procedures to enable young people to address needs 


          Admission Requirements

          Admission requirements

          Although there are no formal admission or entry requirements stipulated in the CHC Training package for this qualification all applicants are required to undertake a LLN assessment prior to enrollment. 

          Occasionally applicants may be offered a pathway through the Cert III in Community Services as a result of their LLN assessment. 

          If you have any further questions you can contact us directly on: +61 3 9919 6100



            To successfully complete this course students are required to attend 80% of classes for all units. If students are unable to attend it is expected that medical certificates are provided. Irregular and poor attendance may result in the student progress policy being implemented.


              Course Information Sessions

              Apply for 2016 entry into selected Youth Work courses.

              Information sessions are held regularly to give you the chance to learn more about Youth Work courses.

              The sessions will include course presentations, a short written task, and the opportunity to enrol.

              Upcoming Information Sessions


              • 21st February, 2017
              • 28th February, 2017



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