CHC51408 Diploma of Youth Work
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Course Information

Have you got a big heart for young people? Perhaps you can see the effects of trauma that stop our youth from having meaningful work prospects and continually losing battles with motivation and substance abuse. Becoming a youth worker is a way of showing you care by demonstrating that there is hope, and a better way to live life. You can make a huge contribution by supporting our younger generations by being a mentor and leading those who need the example of a positive fun filled life.


dip-yth-workYouth workers work in government, church, welfare and Indigenous organisations. They work at the centre of the action with young people at risk or in crisis situations as well as with youth who need appropriate activities and social interaction to feel involved, important, connected and motivated in their lives.


This qualification covers people with responsibility for the development and the outcomes of programs and services for young people managed through a range of agencies and designed to meet the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people. This work may be undertaken through employment in community, government and welfare agencies.


The qualification is designed to ensure that policies and guidelines of the employing organisation are implemented and includes responsibility for direction and supervision of staff, contracting external agencies and/or management of specialist services.



Employability Skills

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Graduate Outcomes

Upon successful completion of qualification, possible occupational titles may include (but are not necessarily limited to):

  • Case Manager
  • Coordinator youth and family services
  • Indigenous youth worker
  • Coordinator youth services
  • Program manager
  • Senior case worker
  • Senior youth worker
  • Youth work team leader
  • Youth worker


Completion of this course qualifies the graduate to apply for membership to the following organisations/associations (subject to organisation-specific requirements being met by the applicant; refer to individual organisation policy):



Articulation and Study Pathways


Pathways for this program include:

  • Charles Sturt University - Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare): 1.5 years credit



Course Structure

This great course can be studied by mixed mode which is a fast track study option allowing you to be part of a classroom experience while doing a great deal of the work from the comfort of your own home. Excellent Facebook communication is available as well as on-line support materials to keep the learning happening in a dynamic way between face to face contact opportunities. Many working people as well as those with other responsibilities find this mode better than long winded programs with daily attendance or distance education which can be hard to complete totally on your own. Get a qualification within 8 months, meet great like minded people and have the flexibility of being able to do some of your learning off-site!


If you are not able to make classroom courses we do have the best distance programs available as we have caring and helpful tutors available to make distance education really work for you.


Stage 1

Unit Code Unit Title Unit Type
Module 1: Youth Culture
HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers Elective
HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Elective
Module 2: Youth in the Community
CHCCD412B Work within a community development framework Elective

Stage 2

Unit Code Unit Title Unit Type
Module 3: Working with Groups
CHCGROUP403D Plan and conduct group activities Core
Module 4: Managing the Youth Work Environment
CHCCOM504B Develop, implement and promote effective workplace communication Core
CHCCS513C Maintain an effective community sector work environment Core
CHCCS502C Maintain legal and ethical work practices Core


Stage 3

Unit Code Unit Title Unit Type
Module 5: Youth Work Programs
CHCCS503B Develop, implement and review services and programs to meet client needs Core
CHCYTH505E Support youth programs Core
Module 6: Crisis Management and Safety
CHCYTH608D Manage service response to young people in crisis Core
HLTWHS401A Maintain workplace WHS processes WHS Elect

Stage 4

Unit Code Unit Title Unit Type
Module 7: Empowering and supporting the rights of Young People
CHCCHILD404B Support the rights and safety of children and young people Core
CHCYTH504A Support young people to take collective action Core
Module 8: Networking & Referral Support
CHCYTH501A Develop and implement procedures to enable young people to address their needs YW Elect
CHCNET404B Facilitate links with other services Core

Study Locations

You can study with us in the following locations:

  • Northern Rivers NSW with locatins in the following sites: Ballina, Grafton, Lismore, Coffs Harbour
  • Sunshine Coast QLD with Lifebridge Community Services (Caboolutre, Gympie and Brisbane students welcome)
  • Gold Coast QLD CTA Campus (Brisbane students welcome)
  • Ipswich QLD CTA site (Brisbane and Toowoomba students welcome)
  • Mole Creek Tasmania CTA rural residential campus (Launceston, Devonport, Hobart, and other Tasmanian students as well as students from Wagga Wagga, Mildura, Mt Gambia SA and Melbourne students can stay on campus and be travelled, fed and accommodated as part of our service to regional areas)
  • Malanda QLD CTA campus (Mt Isa, Cape York, Cairns, Atherton Tablelands and Innisfail students welcome and can stay on campus and be travelled, fed and accommodated as part of our service to regional areas)
  • Townsville QLD CTA campus
  • Enquire also for Bunbury and Mandurah Western Australia keep posted for 2014!


Distance Education is available for all students who are not able to come to a site location.


We have a 95% graduate rate with distance education as we have brilliant tutors who are committed to top outcomes.


VET FEE-HELP is available to cover all fees and course costs for eligible students.


Indigenous students have enjoyed staying at our Malanda rural campus where all courses are ABSTUDY approved and delicious home-style cooking and relaxed accommodation makes studying feel friendly and enjoyable. Wake up in the country!



Enrolment Information

Location: Townsville, Malanda, Maroochydore, Mount Isa, Cairns, Ipswich, Brisbane & Gold Coast QLD, Northern Rivers NSW, Hobart TAS, Perth WA, Bunbury WA

Delivery: Mixed mode (block study plus on-line), Distance Education and Rural-Residential  call for options

All delivery options include face to face training.


Course training materials are included in the enrolment fee, and include assessment workbooks and access to our online training portal provided by PBWorks. For students who have no internet access, printed materials will be made available. For students who have internet access but want printed materials, they can be provided separately for a fee to cover production of materials.





Support to pay your fees

Community Training Australia can assist you to access assistance to pay your course fees.

Community Training Australia offers government supported loans through VET FEE-HELP, a system which allows you to fully defer payment of your course fees through a loan with the Federal Government. You can find more information about VET FEE-HELP at the Study Assist website.


VET FEE-HELP is an income contingent loan scheme that assists eligible students to pay for all or part of their VET tuition fees. Students wishing to access VET FEE-HELP assistance are invited to discuss their eligibility with the staff at the Information Office at any CTA campus.




To gain entry into this program you will either need to have completed a Cert IV in Youth Work (core units) OR have relevant youth work experience to date in either volunteer or paid positions. Please complete our simple on-line enrolment questionnaire.


PLEASE NOTE: 2014 Youth Work program however will have NO entry requirements .



How to apply

Community Training Australia accepts enrolments into the Diploma of Counselling year-round. You can apply to enter the course by visiting one of our campuses in person, by calling our friendly Course Advisory staff on 1800 OPTIONS or by completing our easy-to-use online enrolment form.


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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfers

RPL is the process of collecting the evidence that you have the required skills and knowledge already to provide the qualification or statement of attainment for a specific unit of competency.

If you believe that you have enough experience in this field to demonstrate your skills and knowledge or you have gained skills through a formal training pathway, or a mix of these, you should enquire about RPL. Related industry experience could be in a role specific to this qualification and include significant work related to the units listed above. In other situations, you may have already completed training for some of the required units. In this situation you may be eligible for a Credit Transfer.



ABSTUDY Information

This course is considered by Centrelink to qualify as full-time study. This means that all our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are eligible to receive ABSTUDY benefits for the duration of their study. These benefits include Government-funded travel to Townsville for study, accommodation and meals while you study in Townsville, and depending on income a fortnightly allowance paid to your bank account. Please click the button below to download appropriate ABSTUDY forms and for more information. You can submit the appropriate ABSTUDY forms with your enrolment application and we will forward them on your behalf, or you can apply to Centrelink directly and notify us your intention to claim ABSTUDY so that we can arrange travel and accommodation for you. 

Please note: ABSTUDY requires a minimum of three (3) weeks in advance in order to process travel and accommodation applications for our students (added to our administrative time to process your enrolment application). If we do not receive your enrolment pack with time to process before this minimum period, there is a good chance that the travel and accommodation for your first block will not be funded initially, and you will have to organise your own travel and accommodation for this first block. However, assuming your application to ABSTUDY is successful after this point, you may claim back a rebate for the money spent on these arrangements so long as you keep your receipts (the form required to claim back money spent on study-related travel and accommodation is also available to download through the button below).



Request More Information

If you have any more questions regarding this course, the button below will take you to a form that you can fill out with your detailed request. You may leave us a phone number or email address and a member of our staff will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can call our office on 1800 OPTIONS and one of our friendly staff will assist you.



This course complies with the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) as Nationally Recognised Training