Pursue a career working with young people – reach your personal and professional goals while making a positive difference in your local community
CHC40421 Certificate IV in Youth Work prepares workers to develop and facilitate programs for young people and provides the skills, knowledge and frameworks for effectively supporting young people in a range of community-based programs and settings. On completion you will be able to effectively support young people through a range of community-based programs designed to address the social, behavioural, health, wellbeing, developmental and protection needs of young people.
You will also be able to work alongside youth providing advocacy and serving as a role model for those you support within youth centres, residential settings or community-based programs. This work may be undertaken through employment in community, government and youth sector agencies and workers are responsible for implementing policies and guidelines of the employing organisation. They are largely self-directed with autonomous decision making capacity under the indirect supervision of a manager.
Youth Work is focused on providing community-based support for young people aged 12 – 24.
Key tasks include:
This work is often undertaken through employment in community, government and youth sector agencies and workers will be:
17 units of study – 15 core and two elective units of competency. No pre-requisites.
The Australian Qualifications Framework determines that the duration of this qualification is 6 months – 2 years, however with both face-to-face training, and flexible online learning, learners are typically completing within the first 6 – 12 months. How quickly an individual is able to complete the course will depend on how fast they work through the content, their commitment to learning and their level of competence.
100-hours of relevant industry work placement is recommended as part of the qualification to ensure you have a practical insight into the industry prior to graduation, and you meet industry suitability requirements.
You need to find your own work placement with an organisation approved by Skills Generation. It is important you commence the process to source a suitable work placement at the beginning of the course. Skills Generation staff and your trainer will be available to assist you in identifying relevant organisations. You will be responsible for the cost of any travel and accommodation associated with work placement.
There is a very high demand for Youth Workers and it is common that students gain employment upon partial completion of the course, with the proviso that they complete their qualification within twelve months of employment. If you gain employment as a youth worker part way through your course, your employment may be used as evidence of your 40 hours work placement. Your practical activities are then undertaken as part of your job role, and your work placement logbook is used as assessment evidence.
First Aid Certificate: A First Aid Certificate is not a requirement for this course however many employers appreciate staff holding current First Aid Certificates.
Please also be aware that work placement employers may have certain requirements in relation to vaccinations or other restrictions, in addition to any that may be mandated by government. If you have any questions regarding requirements for work placement, please contact Student Services [email protected]
On successful completion of this course you will receive the nationally recognised qualification:
CHC40421 Certificate IV in Youth Work
The qualification is awarded by Skills Generation RTO 41008, with training and assessment delivered by Skills Generation or an approved Third Party training provider on behalf of Skills Generation.
The Commonwealth Government requires all learners undertaking nationally recognised, accredited training courses to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Learners are unable to enrol without their USI.
If you are currently working, or have previously worked in a relevant industry, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL applies where you have workplace experience/competency that can be formally assessed against the units of competency in this course. If you wish to undertake an RPL process, please discuss with our Student Services enrolments team [email protected].
This course currently attracts government funding for eligible students. Students who access funded training pay a co-contribution fee that represents a small fraction of the total course fee!
Eligibility criteria for funding can be found on our Funding and Fees page or contact us to discuss your circumstances and determine your eligibility.
Students who are not eligible for subsidised training pay the full course fee.
Payment Plans are available through the PaySmart payment platform making it easy for students to make weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment instalments.
On completion of this course you may want to further enhance your skills and knowledge and your job promotion prospects by going on to study:
Skills Generation proudly partners with select Australian Universities to provide pathway options for university study. University pathways include guaranteed entry and credit for Skills Generation graduates of Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications.
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