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RTO Code: 3113 CRICOS Code: 00124K (Melbourne) 02475D (Sydney)
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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 Diploma of 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 Diploma in Youth Work groups are as follows;

2016 Mid Year Group -


February 2017 Group - Sam Romijn


Phone: 9919 2676



Study Pathways

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following Bachelor degrees and in some cases receive credit for your degree:

Bachelor of Youth Work

You will be credited for 6 units of study on completion of the CHC50413 - Diploma of Youth Work


Find out more about pathways and credits.

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



VU Youth Work students with Harvester College students during a fieldwork placement

All students in the Youth Work Diploma course undertake various supervised fieldwork placements. Students gain practical experience of professional youth work through these placements. Students can understand and enhance their knowledge of youth work practice in collaboration with community sector mentors and the university. 

Youth Work Diploma students must undertake 100 hours of fieldwork placement.

Course Structure

To successfully attain the award of Diploma of Youth Work CHC50413, participants must successfully complete a total of Twenty One (21) units of competency, comprising of fourteen (17) 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;


  • CHCCOM003 - Develop workplace communication strategies
  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCMHS001 - Work with people with Mental Health Issues
  • HLTWHS001- Participate in Work Health & Safety
  • CHCCSM005 - Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
  • CHCPRT001 - Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • CHCYTH008 - Support Young people to take collective action
  • CHCYTH012 - Manage service response to young people in crisis
  • CHCDEV002 - Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
  • CHCYHT002 - Work effectively with Young people in the youth work context 
  • CHCLEG003 - Maintain legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCPRP001 - Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
  • CHCYTH001 - Engage respectfully with young people
  • CHCYTH009 - Support Youth Programs
  • CHCCCS007 - Develop and implement service programs
  • CHCGRP002 - Plan and conduct group activities. 


  • CHCYHT005 - Develop and implement procedures to enable young people to address their needs
  • HLTAID003 - Provide First Aid
  • BSBRES401 - Analyse and present research information
  • CHCCCS004 - Manage disclosures and disruptions in groups

Admission requirements


This course is designed for people who are interested in working with young people aged 12-25 years, and assisting them to make positive changes in their lives.  This course provides a good foundation for understanding the Youth Work sector, and enables students to develop essential skills for working with young people.

A minimum of 6 months industry experience is required (paid or voluntary).  Applicants without experience in the Youth or Community Sector are advised to complete the Certificate IV in Youth Work first.

To be successful in this course, students will need to possess literacy skills at a year 12 standard or above.  A mandatory online literacy and numeracy assessment is completed as part of the application process.


To be assessed as competent in this qualification, students are required to undertake supervised fieldwork placements in a relevant youth work delivery setting.

Participation in fieldwork placements requires a satisfactory Police Check and Working with Children Check (WWCC).  Whilst this is not an admission requirement, students will not be able to successfully complete the qualification if they are unable to undertake the fieldwork component.  Students are advised of this at information sessions prior to enrolment.



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 inthe student progress policy being implemented.


Course Information Sessions

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 an opportunity to enrol.

Upcoming Information Sessions


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





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