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Diploma of Youth Work (CHC50413)

VET Course

About this Course


Empower young people to reach their potential. Youth Workers can find employment in community, government or youth agencies. The CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work enhances leadership and management skills of students as they develop skills for working with complex issues young people face.

This qualification is nationally recognised.

Professional Outcomes

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

Students are required to:

  • complete a minimum work requirement of 120 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

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.

Units of Competency Structure

21 Subjects total
17 Core
4 Electives


Develop and implement service programs CHCCCS007
Requires 100 nominal hours
Develop workplace communication strategies CHCCOM003
Requires 100 nominal hours
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management CHCCSM005
Requires 75 nominal hours
Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services CHCDEV002
Requires 100 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
Manage legal and ethical compliance CHCLEG003
Requires 80 nominal hours
Work with people with mental health issues CHCMHS001
Requires 80 nominal hours
Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships CHCPRP001
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 take collective action CHCYTH008
Requires 55 nominal hours
Support youth programs CHCYTH009
Requires 150 nominal hours
Manage service response to young people in crisis CHCYTH012
Requires 150 nominal hours
Participate in workplace health and safety HLTWHS001
Requires 20 nominal hours


Provide services for young people appropriate to the needs and circumstances CHCYTH010
Requires 90 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

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 6 months (18 months) full-time or part-time equivalent.

Where can I study?

You can study on-campus, online or a mix of both.
Offered fully online

How much does it cost?

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information


With most adult study, it is expected that the student 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 15-20 hours self directed study or homework per week.

Course Codes

Tabor: CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work (CHC50413)
SATAC: Not applicable

Course Level

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Vocational Education and Training (VET) Department
Phone: 1300 482 267
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