CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work

Are you ready to impact the lives of young people? This course provides you with the knowledge and skills required to work with and support 10 to 25 year olds.

The role of a youth worker is diverse, with many exciting and challenging career opportunities. You’ll learn to develop and facilitate programs for young people through a range of community-based programs addressing the social, behavioural, health and welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people.

This qualification includes:

  • Gaining the skills and knowledge to make a real difference to the lives of younger people
  • Learning how to facilitate community-based programs and address social and welfare needs
  • Learning to look after the holistic welfare of children and teenagers, including their safety, emotional health and social connectivity.
  • How to listen to and understand young people’s problems, taking into account their background and circumstances, and support them in the areas they are struggling with
  • The skills to interact and work with the families and guardians of young people, to arrive at the best possible outcomes for your young client’s welfare
  • How to understand and work with a variety of cultural perspectives, and promote the health and safety of young people living in these communities
  • Key relationship and trust building skills
  • How to assess young people, respond to their concerns and link them in with services that will assist them in meeting their needs
  • How to encourage youth participation, and help young people to connect with people and communities that will have a positive and healthy impact on their lives
  • How to respond to critical situations, and work with youth who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness
  • How to understand, work with and support young people struggling with mental distress

Employment opportunities with this qualification are:

  • Community Development Worker (Youth)
  • Youth and Family Resource Officer
  • Indigenous Youth Worker
  • Youth and Family Service Worker
  • Youth Case Worker
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Recreational Youth Activities Worker
  • Youth Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker
  • Youth Housing Support Worker
  • Support Worker Residential
  • Youth Worker

What will you achieve from completing this course?

  • A nationally recognised CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work
  • A broad range of skills and knowledge for a career in community services
  • Skills to work autonomously with limited responsibility

What you need to know about this course:

  • New students are expected to attend a mandatory college orientation before course commencement. Orientation times and dates will be advised after enrolment.
  • Classes commence at the beginning of week 1 of each school term
  • Students will be accepted into the class throughout the term
  • You will need to plan for approximately 5-8 hours a week at home to complete assessment tasks
  • There is no training during school holidays
  • Private Facebook groups are used to share resources and learning
  • Resources are provided by SGSCC
  • Student lounge available
  • WiFi is available

What resources do you need to study from home?

  • A computer with internet access
  • Email access
  • Facebook account

Course entry requirements:

  • There are no formal educational requirements for entry into this course
  • Recognition for units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences
  • Current National Police Check (arranged through SGSCC)
  • Complete an SGSCC English language, literacy and numeracy assessment to determine that the student has sufficient skills to successfully complete the course
  • Access to computer/internet
  • Facebook account for private class communication and access to learning resources (assistance creating an account can be arranged through SGSCC)
  • Note taking materials
  • Attend work placement (arranged by SGSCC) and be workplace assessed (minimum 120 hours)
  • Unique Student Identifier (can be arranged through SGSCC)

Do you need to complete any work placement hours?

This course requires work placement which will be organised by SGSCC. Work placement (unpaid) is a compulsory component of the course where you will be assessed in the workplace. 120 hours

Will you need to sit for any exams?

  • No. This is a competency based course
  • Tell us, then show us you understand and are able to implement the learning you have received
  • You will be required to competently complete assessment tasks for all 18 units of learning

Assessments are made up of a range of:

  • Case studies
  • Demonstration
  • Observations
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Presentation
  • Questions and answers
  • Research report

To be deemed competent:

  • You will receive clear assessment instructions
  • You must complete all assessments to a satisfactory standard as set by your trainer
  • These are assessed by your trainer
  • Opportunities will be provided for trainers to support students and to re-submit their assessments if required

When you have completed and been deemed competent you can:

  • Progress with SGSCC to the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

Fee and Payment options:

  • $2,320 (maximum Smart and Skilled student fee)
  • $4,000 (fee for those who are ineligible for Smart and Skilled)
  • Pay in full or interest-free monthly payment plan available
  • By Cash, EFTPOS, Visa or MasterCard

Delivery Overview:

  • Duration: 6 term course
  • Days: Mondays and Tuesdays 9am - 4.30pm
  • Units of Learning: 18
  • Requirements: 16 days of work placement on a Wednesday at end of course
  • Monthly Intake: Yes

Eligibility for Subsided Training under the Smart & Skilled Training Program:

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government under the Smart & Skilled Training Program. To be eligible you must be

  • an Australian Citizen/Perm Resident/NZ citizen/humanitarian visa holder
  • aged 15 years or older, and
  • live or work in New South Wales, and
  • no longer be at school or equivalent

See Smart & Skilled page for further information.

Eligibility for “Skilling for Recovery” - Fee-Free nationally accredited training:

Skilling for Recovery is a NSW Government initiative to deliver JobTrainer funding in NSW. It provides free certificate, diploma and short course training to eligible applicants. If you meet the Smart & Skilled Program eligibility above and one of the following you could complete this course fee free:

  • Unemployed (with or without a benefit); or
  • At risk of unemployment; or
  • 17-24 years old (employed or not)

See Skilling for Recovery page for further information.

Time for you to enrol:

  • The WorkSkills team are available to take your enquiry or enrolment on 02 8543 7412 during business hours
  • At the Jannali Office Reception (Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm)

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Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate IV in Youth Work CHC40413.
  • Work within a community development framework (CHCCDE003)
  • Work effectively with young people and their families (CHCYTH011)
  • Work with people with mental health issues (CHCMHS001)
  • Work legally and ethically (CHCLEG001)
  • Support young people to create opportunities in their lives (CHCYTH003)
  • Work effectively with young people in the youth work context (CHCYTH002)
  • Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety (CHCDIV002)
  • Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing (CHCMHS011)
  • Respond to critical situations (CHCYTH004)
  • Participate in workplace health and safety (HLTWHS001)
  • Plan and conduct group activities (CHCGRP002)
  • Support participative planning processes (CHCCDE001)
  • Use communication to build relationships (CHCCOM002)
  • Work with diverse people (CHCDIV001)
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk (CHCPRT001)
  • Engage respectfully with young people (CHCYTH001)
  • Provide services for young people appropriate to their needs and circumstances (CHCYTH010)
  • Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues (CHCAOD004)