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Certificate IV in Youth Work

  • Qualification:

    Certificate IV

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  • Payment options:

    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    Max 18 months

  • Start date:

    Anytime – start today!

  • Awarded by:

    Integrated Care & Management Training (ICMT) (RTO 90197)

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This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

What you'll learn

About this course

The online Certificate IV in Youth Work (CHC40413) course offered through Open Colleges provides a framework for working with, supporting and empowering children and young people.

This comprehensive certificate program will guide you through the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people, as well as how to work effectively with community services, and anticipate and respond to potentially critical situations.

You will gain an understanding of duty-of-care responsibilities, as well as the skills to help young people identify and self-manage some of the challenging issues they face.

Practical component

Students are required to undertake a work placement of 120 hours in order to demonstrate their competencies in the practical components of the course work. Students must source their own placements.


Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Have completed year 12 or equivalent; OR
  • Hold a certificate III level qualification or higher; OR
  • Have at least two years of relevant industry experience in a role that requires written documentation and communication

Students are also required to obtain a current criminal record check and working with children check in order to carry out their work placement.

Areas of study

In this community services course, the units of competency you may study include:

  • CHCYTH002 -- Work effectively with young people in the youth work context
  • CHCYTH001 -- Engage respectfully with young people
  • CHCDIV001 -- Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002 -- Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • HLTWHS001 -- Participate in workplace health and safety
  • HLTAID003 -- Provide first aid
  • CHCYTH011 -- Work effectively with young people and their families
  • CHCLEG001 -- Work legally and ethically
  • CHCCOM002 -- Use communication to build relationships Your Structured Workplace -
  • CHCMHS001 -- Work with people with mental health issues
  • CHCYTH010 -- Provide services for young people appropriate to their needs and circumstances
  • CHCCCS004 -- Assess co-existing needs
  • CHCYTH004 -- Respond to critical situations
  • CHCSOH001 -- Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • CHCPRT001 -- Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • CHCYTH003 -- Support young people to create opportunities in their lives
  • CHCCDE003 -- Work within a community development framework
  • CHCGRP002 -- Plan and conduct group activities
Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate IV in Youth Work (CHC40413 ) from Open Colleges.

Curious about where a career in community services could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Community Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Community Development Youth Worker
  • Indigenous Youth Worker
  • Recreational Youth Activities Worker
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Youth and Family Services Officer

Payment options & support

Finance options

Open Colleges offers two flexible payment models to help make studying more affordable:

Pay in weekly instalmentsPay in full
Pay just $70.36 per week with a $100 depositPay $3,232 upfront and save 20%


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