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Certificate IV in Youth Work

TAFE NSW Course Number: CHC40413-01V01

  • National Course Code: CHC40413
  • Training Package: CHC Community Services
  • Related Pathways: Community Services
  • Related Courses: Diploma of Youth Work
  • Nominal Hours: 912
  • Skills List:
    This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
    (TAFE NSW – Open Training and Education Network, Provider Code: 90004)

Course description

This qualification is for people who want to work as youth workers, facilitating programs for young people through a range of community-based programs designed to address the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people.

You will learn about community development, communication, empowerment of young people, cultural diversity and crisis management.

In this course you will develop the knowledge and skills to develop and facilitate programs for young people through a range of community-based programs. These programs are designed to address the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people.

This work may be undertaken through employment in community, government and youth sector agencies and workers are largely self-directed with fairly autonomous decision-making capacity under the indirect supervision of a manager.


If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

We highly recommend you complete a personalised career and study profile to confirm this course is right for you, you will find the Career Voyage link under Need Help Deciding below.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. For more information on Credit for this course please refer to 'If you have the skills, get credit for a unit or this course' below.

Please note: Some industries have their own legislative or licensing requirements. TAFE NSW recognition does not apply to these.


Many TAFE courses have a compulsory work placement component to assist you to apply your learning in a practical environment and you may be required to comply with some (or all) of the following.

1. HEALTH - NSW MINISTRY OF HEALTH - If you are over 18 you will be required to undertake a National Criminal Record Check. Visit:

  • You will be required to sign the NSW Health Student Undertaking where you agree to notify NSW Health if your status changes after the date of issue of your National Police Certificate or during the completion of your course.
  • You will be required to undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases and provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card.
- You will be required to read and sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form.

Visit: and type 'clinical placement' in search area.

2. AGED CARE WORK - As per NSW Health requirements for the National Criminal Record Check

3. COMMUNITY AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES - Anyone in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of Children's Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit:

4. STUDENT READINESS FOR WORK PLACEMENT - Generally work placements will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and when the teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information.


Students need to find their own work placement in a youth service, complete a range of workplace-based assignments and demonstrate 160 hours in the workplace.

Students under 21 years of age may find it difficult to find work placement and/or employment in the youth services industry and are advised to research the industry requirements before selecting this course.

If you are under 17 and want to leave school, your options have been affected by a recent change in NSW law. From January 2010 you must complete Year 10 and then continue in either full-time education, training, paid employment or a combination of these options until you’re at least 17 years of age. More information about options for school students under 17 is available from the NSW Department of Education and Communities - The new school leaving age.

Community development worker;

Indigenous youth worker;

Recreational youth activities officer;

Residential care worker;

Support worker residential;

Youth case worker;

Youth worker.

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CHCCD412B Work within a community development framework
CHCCM404A Undertake case management for clients with complex needs
CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships
CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
CHCCS411C Work effectively in the community sector
CHCCS422B Respond holistically to client issues and refer appropriately
CHCGROUP403D Plan and conduct group activities
CHCMH411A Work with people with mental health issues
CHCNET404B Facilitate links with other services
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCPRT002 Support the rights and safety of children and young people
CHCYTH001 Engage respectfully with young people
CHCYTH003 Support young people to create opportunities in their lives
CHCYTH004 Respond to critical situations
CHCYTH010 Provide services for young people appropriate to their needs and circumstances
HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

The above list includes units being offered at OTEN and that are required to complete this qualification. Other TAFE NSW colleges may offer different elective options. If licensing in another State other than NSW is required, please check requirements with the relevant State.

You don't need to study what you already know! The skills, knowledge and experience you have gained from your previous learning, work experience and life in general may be taken into account.

To apply for recognition in one or more units you must clearly show that you have the equivalent and relevant skills, knowledge and experience of the unit or group of units.

For Credit transfer where you have completed previous studies either with TAFE NSW or with another tertiary provider complete the Enrolment Adjustment - Credit – Previous Studies form, and include any required evidence. Submit these documents to your teaching section via OTEN.

For Recognition of Prior Learning, look through the relevant unit of competency forms below. Attach your evidence to a completed Enrolment Adjustment – Credit – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) form and submit to OTEN for assessment. Keep a copy of all completed forms for your records.

Recognition for Unit of Competency forms

Need more help? Contact the Recognition Help Desk

This is an online course and students will need access to a computer and the internet.

An understanding of how to use the internet and update your browser and security settings to give you access to learning materials. For technical help please refer to the OTEN website.

Online Course Overview, Work Placement Overview, Learning Material, Additional Resources and Assessments. Students can also participant in online community of students and teachers through Facebook, emails and adobe connect sessions.

Self-paced online study with off-the-job and workplace assignments.

Successful distance education students are self-motivated, organised and disciplined. In order to complete their studies within the given time frame, they must be able to plan and allocate time for their study.

Smart and Skilled Student Fees

The cost of this course will vary based on your eligibility for a Smart and Skilled Student Fee. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Smart and Skilled website or you can call us on 131 870 for further information and advice.

First qualification$1970
Second qualification$2300
Non-government subsidised fee$7420

Trainees: from 2016 if you are starting a traineeship that is on the NSW Skills List, your Smart and Skilled fee for the whole qualification will not be more than $1,000.

For full details on TAFE NSW fees please visit our Fees and Financial Assistance page.

If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.

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We are committed to enhancing all students' prospects to reach their potential and achieve a positive future. We recognise that for some students additional support services are fundamental to ensure success. We have the following expert support services available at each College which you may access by calling (02) 9715 8446 or 1300 655 993 to make an appointment: Counselling and Career Development, Disability, Aboriginal, Multicultural, Outreach, Adult Basic Education and Open Learning Centre Support Services.

Our free online career and study planning tool can help.

You will receive a personalised career and study profile based on your responses. If you would like to discuss your results in person, please contact our Counselling and Career Development Unit by calling 131 870 to make an appointment. To get started click the link below:

Career Voyage

From 1 January 2015, all students participating in Nationally Recognised Training in Australia will need to have a Unique Student Identifier, or USI.

This includes students completing an apprenticeship, skill set, certificate or diploma course.

A USI gives you access to your online USI account and will contain all of your nationally recognised training records and results from 1 January 2015 onwards. Your results will be available in your USI account in 2016.

When applying for a job or enrolling in further study, you will often need to provide your training records and results. One of the main benefits of the USI is that you will have easy access to your training records and results throughout your life.

How to get a USI

It is free and easy for you to create your own USI online at Your local Customer Service office can also provide further information and assistance. If you already have your USI you can enrol with TAFE WSI.

How do I enrol?

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