Certificate IV in Youth Work

This qualification covers workers who develop and facilitate programs for young people through a range of community based programs designed to address 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 and workers will be:

Responsible for implementing policies and guidelines of the employing organisation

Largely self directed with fairly autonomous decision making capacity under the indirect supervision of a manager.

Occupational titles may include:

Community development worker (youth)

Youth and family resource officer

Indigenous youth worker

Youth and family service worker

Recreational youth activities worker

Youth case worker

Residential care worker

Youth housing support worker

Support worker residential

Youth worker

Youth alcohol and other drugs worker



16 units are required for award of this qualification including:

10 core units

6 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives of which one unit must be selected for this qualification

Group B elective which is recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Other relevant electives listed below

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 3 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on TGA or other public listing

Core units

add topic CHCCD412B Work within a community development framework

add topic CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships

add topic CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

add topic CHCCS422B Respond holistically to client issues and refer appropriately

add topic CHCICS406B Support client self management

add topic CHCYTH401B Engage respectfully with young people

add topic CHCYTH402C Work effectively with young people in the youth work context

add topic CHCYTH403C Support young people to create opportunities in their lives

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes

Group A electives - one unit must be selected

One of the following units must be selected for this qualification.

add topic CHCYTH404E Support young people in crisis (Note pre-requisite: add topic CHCYTH301E )

add topic CHCYTH407E Respond to critical situations

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking youth work need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community Services Training Package.

Group B elective - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients or communities, the following elective is recommended:

add topic HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Other relevant electives

Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules. The following grouping of relevant electives is provided to facilitate selection and does not necessarily reflect workplace requirements. Electives may be selected from one or more groups. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.

Community service work electives

add topic BSBINM201A Process and maintain workplace information

add topic CHCCD401E Support community participation

add topic CHCCM401D Undertake case management

add topic CHCCS411C Work effectively in the community sector

add topic CHCLD315A Recognise stages of lifespan development

add topic CHCNET404B Facilitate links with other services

add topic CHCORG405E Maintain an effective work environment

add topic CHCYTH301E Work effectively with young people

First aid

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic HLTFA302C Provide first aid in remote situation (Note pre-requisite: add topic HLTFA311A )

add topic HLTFA412A Apply advanced first aid (Note pre-requisite: add topic HLTFA311A )

add topic HLTFA403C Manage first aid in the workplace (Note pre-requisite: add topic HLTFA412A )

Group and outreach work

add topic CHCGROUP302D Support group activities

add topic CHCGROUP403D Plan and conduct group activities

add topic CHCGROUP410B Deliver a structured program

Social housing / homelessness

add topic CHCCH301C Work effectively in social housing

add topic CHCCH427B Work effectively with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness

add topic CHCCH522B Undertake outreach work

add topic CHCCS419C Provide support services to clients

Responding to specific needs

add topic CHCAOD402B Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector

add topic CHCCS521B Assess and respond to individuals at risk of suicide

add topic CHCDFV301A Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

add topic CHCLLN403A Identify clients with language, literacy and numeracy needs and respond effectively

add topic CHCMH301C Work effectively in mental health or add topic CHCMH411A Work with people with mental health issues

add topic CHCYTH511B Work effectively with young people and their families

Protective care and child protection

add topic CHCCHILD404B Support the rights and safety of children and young people

add topic CHCCHILD505B Work effectively in child protection and out of home care for children and young people

add topic CHCCS401C Facilitate responsible behaviour

add topic CHCPROT409E Provide primary residential care

Problem gambling electives

add topic CHCGMB501A Work effectively in the problem gambling sector

add topic CHCGMB502A Assess the needs of clients with problem gambling issues

add topic CHCGMB503A Provide counselling for clients with problem gambling issues

Financial literacy education electives

add topic CHCFLE301A Work with clients needing financial literacy education

add topic CHCFLE302A Educate clients in fundamental financial literacy skills

add topic CHCFLE303A Educate clients to understand debt and consumer credit

Settlement work

add topic CHCSW401A Work effectively with forced migrants

add topic CHCSW402B Undertake bicultural work with forced migrants in Australia

Alcohol and other drugs work

add topic CHCAOD402B Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector

add topic CHCAOD408B Assess needs of clients with alcohol and/or other drugs issues

add topic CHCCM404A Undertake case management for clients with complex needs

add topic CHCMH401A Work effectively in mental health settings

add topic CHCMH402B Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes

Oral health

add topic CHCOHC303B Use basic oral health screening tools

add topic CHCOHC401A Inform and encourage clients and groups to understand and achieve good oral health

add topic CHCOHC402A Support clients and groups to learn practical aspects of oral health care

add topic CHCOHC404A Recognise and respond to signs and symptoms that may indicate oral health issues


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries