Certificate IV in Youth Work

  • Qualification:

    Certificate IV

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    Max 18 months

  • Start date:

    Anytime - start today!

  • Awarded by:

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

  • Course fee:

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes:

    Community Worker | Youth Worker | Community Development Youth Worker | Indigenous Youth Worker | Recreational Youth Activities Worker | View All

This course meets the 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.

Course Rundown

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.

Complete your work placement in Fiji

Open Colleges have partnered with Action for Children and the Aged (ACATA) Trust Fiji to offer students of the Diploma of Community Services the opportunity to complete their required work placement hours over the course 2 weeks in Fiji.

You’ll have the chance to volunteer in Fijian communities by participating in lime farm planting for income generation and sustainability, development of an outdoor fitness program and centre and school health workshops, if you choose to.

MYST work placement agreement

Open Colleges has a work placement partnership with Myst, a team dedicated to providing care and support to young people in the Blue Mountains affected by homelessness, poverty, distress, helplessness and misfortune.


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.

What You’ll Learn

In this youth work 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

Why study with Open Colleges?

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.

Student Support

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.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate IV in Youth Work (CHC40413 ) from Open Colleges awarded by Integrated Care and Management Training. 

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

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

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

Payment Option 1: Pay in weekly instalments

  • $70.36 per week
  • $100 deposit

Payment Option 2: Pay in full when you enrol and save up to 20% on your course fees

  • $3,232 upfront payment