Certificate IV in Youth Work

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This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
(TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute, Provider Code: 90000)
TAFE NSW Course Number: CHC40413-01V01
National Course Code: CHC40413
Training Package: CHC Community Services
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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.

Please see ‘Other Requirements’ below for important information regarding Work Placement requirements and Student rights and responsibilities.

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.

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...

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.

What are the entry requirements? (including Recognition of Prior Learning)

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. Please discuss this with the teaching section when you enrol.

Will I need to undertake Work Placement?

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.

Other requirements


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: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/ 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.



Under 17 and wanting to leave school?

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.

What kind of work could I do?

Community development worker;

Indigenous youth worker;

Recreational youth activities officer;

Residential care worker;

Support worker residential;

Youth case worker;

Youth worker.

Pathway to university or higher education

Thinking of studying next year? Not sure if you should go to TAFE or uni? Let us help you decide. At TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute we offer you the flexibility to fast-forward your career with Pathways.

Choosing to study at TAFE before going on to uni can see you graduating and entering a competitive workforce sooner — and not with one, but two, nationally recognised qualifications! For more information visit /courses-and-careers/career-planning/tafe-to-university/

What are the units I am required to complete?

  • 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.

If you have the skills, get credit for a unit or this course!

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 yellow 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

Do I need additional resources to study this course?

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.

Your learning materials will be provided in:

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.

This qualification is completed by:

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.

How much is the course?

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

Please Note: Smart and Skilled government subsidised places are limited. Programs will commence subject to a sufficient number of participants.

Important changes to TAFE NSW fees for 2015
From 1 January 2015 the NSW Government will be introducing changes to how students access government subsidised training in NSW. These changes are part of the Smart and Skilled reform of the NSW vocational education and training system and affect all new and continuing students. It covers all qualification levels Certificate II to Advanced Diploma, selected Foundation Skills courses at Certificate I and II levels, all apprenticeships and selected traineeships. For more information and how this may affect the fees you pay please visit smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au.

For full details on TAFE NSW fees and money matters please visit our Paying for Your Course page.

I would like to talk to someone before I enrol

OTEN Customer Service 1300 362 346

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.

Need help deciding?

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 1300 655 993 or 02 9715 8446. To get started click the link below:

Career Voyage

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

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 usi.gov.au. 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?

To register your intention to enrol in this course please use one of the enrolment options below.