CHC40413 - Certificate IV in Youth Work

The course consist of fourteen core units of competency and a minimum of four elective units. The selection of particular electives allows the learner to add a degree of specialisation to their award. The completion of all units allows the learner to develop the self-awareness and identity that underpins effective youth work. This development occurs for the learner over time through the consideration of theory while simultaneously being involved in professionally supervised practice. This supervised placement may take place in a range of contexts, including schools, community outreach, youth agencies and local churches in a paid or volunteer capacity.


This qualification reflects the role of workers who develop and facilitate 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.

Workers operate within the guidelines and practices of their organisation and within the professional and ethical standards of their relevant association. The development of self-awareness and identity underpin effective youth work and are developed over time, through professionally supervised practice and mentoring.

This work may be undertaken through employment in community, government, youth and church sector agencies in a paid or volunteer capacity. Work in these roles may also require commissioning from a recognised religious institution.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

  • Integrated Staff Services is an authorised broker of Eastern College Australia for sourcing potential students for this course.

Delivery locations

  • Online (Partial)

Admission Criteria

  • General Entry Requirements for all courses at Eastern College Australia.
  • There are no academic entry requirements for this course.
This course is only available to domestic students (those not requiring a student visa).

English Language Requirement

• There are no formal entry requirements. However, it is recommended prospective students demonstrate ACSF level 3 in learning, reading, writing and oral communication as a minimum. Initial pre-training assessment will be conducted by reviewing the prospective student’s on-line application and/or written application form. Further pre-training assessment shall be conducted during the mandatory face-to-face interview.

• Where pre-training assessment suggests ACSF levels are below the recommended level the prospective student may be directed to complete a foundation skills course (at their expense) prior to acceptance into the course.

Course Structure

  • Students must successfully complete 18 units of competency to complete the award - 14 core and 4 electives.

Electives are offered as needed and not all listed electives will be offered every year. Other electives will be added based on course specification and industry need.


Further study pathways for those who undertake this qualification include: the Diploma in Arts, the Associate Degree in Arts with a Youth Studies Minor, the Associate Degree in Arts with a Youth Studies Practicum Minor, and the Bachelor of Arts with a Youth Studies Major.

Further employment pathways for those who undertake this qualification include: youth workers, youth residential care workers, chaplains, and ministerial assistants depending on the requirements of the organisation.

Competencies attached to this course

Competency Hours Core
CHCCDE003 Work within a community development framework 65 Core
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships 55 Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40 Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25 Core
CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities 70 Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55 Core
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues 80 Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 40 Core
CHCYTH001 Engage respectfully with young people 60 Core
CHCYTH002 Work effectively with young people in the youth work context 60 Core
CHCYTH003 Support young people to create opportunities in their lives 45 Core
CHCYTH004 Respond to critical situations 100 Core
CHCYTH010 Provide services for young people appropriate to their needs and circumstances 90 Core
HLTWHS001 Participate in Workplace Health & Safety 20 Core
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context 80 Elective
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues 135 Elective
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide 110 Elective
CHCCCS009 Facilitate responsible behaviour 0 Elective
CHCCCS016 Respond to client needs 60 Elective
CHCCCS018 Provide suicide bereavement support 50 Elective
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care 0 Elective
CHCPAS001 Plan for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care 45 Elective
CHCPAS002 Provide pastoral and spiritual care 60 Elective
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120 Elective
CHCPRT009 Provide primary residential care 0 Elective
CHCPRT010 Work with children and young people with complex trauma and attachment issues and needs 0 Elective
CHCVOL001 Be an effective volunteer 25 Elective