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Certificate IV in Youth Work (CHC40413)

VET Course

About this Course


Empower young people to reach their potential. Youth Workers can find employment in community, government or youth agencies. The CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work develops the student’s skills to mentor and support young people as they make positive changes in their lives. Students gain experience of coaching and motivating young people under the supervision of a manager.

This qualification is nationally recognised.

South Australian residents may be eligible for a Government subsidy, WorkReady, for this course. Click here for more details

Professional Outcomes

Employment might be found as a Case Manager, Youth Leader, Worker in a Youth Service. These skills are developed in a minimum 120-150 hour placement. This qualification is nationally recognised. Potential pathways include: Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, Diploma in Applied Social Science, Diploma of Counselling, Bachelor of Applied Social Science.

Students are required to:

  • complete a minimum work requirement of 120-150 hours
  • apply for a DCSI Employment screening check
  • complete the Respond to Abuse and Neglect – Education Care (RAN-EC) training (if working with children)

Work Placement

Students are encouraged to find their own Work Placement according to their interests and intended career paths. Over the duration of the Work Based Placement (WBP) the student’s role is that of support worker. In that capacity the student will be expected to demonstrate their ability to perform specific tasks with each client according to the organisation’s service delivery protocols. The WBP mentor will provide additional training regarding the organisation’s policy and procedures that guide the work that is done. The student will work in consultation with their mentor regarding any actions that are taken for or with clients. The way the students support work is structured will be guided by the host organisation mentor in order to meet organisation requirements. Therefore, this aspect of the WBP is not prescriptive.


Students completing the CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work may be awarded between 110-115 Stage 2 SACE points if undertaking this full qualification for SACE purposes, dependent on electives chosen. For students wanting to use this towards an Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR), only 20 of these points will be used (provided the student has successful completion of the certificate). For students wishing to gain entrance into a higher qualification needing an ATAR, contact SATAC or the provider directly for further course information

Units of Competency Structure

18 Subjects total
14 Core
4 Electives


Work within a community development framework CHCCDE003
Requires 65 nominal hours
Use communication to build relationships CHCCOM002
Requires 55 nominal hours
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001
Requires 40 nominal hours
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety CHCDIV002
Requires 25 nominal hours
Plan and conduct group activities CHCGRP002
Requires 70 nominal hours
Work legally and ethically CHCLEG001
Requires 55 nominal hours
Work with people with mental health issues CHCMHS001
Requires 80 nominal hours
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk CHPRT001
Requires 40 nominal hours
Engage respectfully with young people CHCYTH001
Requires 60 nominal hours
Work effectively with young people in youth work context CHCYTH002
Requires 60 nominal hours
Support young people to create opportunities in their lives CHCYTH003
Requires 45 nominal hours
Respond to critical situations CHCYTH004
Requires 100 nominal hours
Provide services for young people appropriate to the needs and circumstances CHCYTH010
Requires 90 nominal hours
Participate in workplace health and safety HLTWHS001
Requires 20 nominal hours


Respond to client needs CHCCCS016
Requires 60 nominal hours
Work effectively in trauma informed care CHCMHS007
Requires 40 nominal hours
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing CHCMHS011
Requires 80 nominal hours
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management CHCCSM005
Requires 75 nominal hours

What do I need for entry?

Students must meet the minimum language, literacy and numeracy standards
Recognition of prior learning / credit transfer
If you can provide evidence of competency for some of the units, you may not have to undertake those units.
In simple terms, RPL means that if you have not already undertaken the unit or its equivalent, but have the required knowledge and skills to demonstrate competency for the unit, you won’t have to study the unit.
Credit transfer is where you have a Statement of Attainment or a qualification which clearly states you have demonstrated competency in those units or their equivalent.

More information

If you wish to apply for RPL or Credit Transfer, you can do so via the RPL Kit. Download link below.
Further information

How long does it take?

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent , which is 18 months study.

Where can I study?

You can study this course via Blended Learning or Online.

How much does it cost?

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information


As with most adult study, students will be required to complete pre-course reading and related activities prior to attending their weekly classes. In addition, it is expected that students will undertake a certain amount of homework such as reading, research, completing written assignments, etc. During enrolment in this course, students are advised that they can expect an average of 20 hours self-directed study or homework per week.

Course Codes

Tabor: CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work (CHC40413)
SATAC: Not applicable

Course Level

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