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Duration:
1 year full time or longer for part time.
Delivery mode:
Face to Face

Applications for this course are currently being accepted.

Overview

Begin your career making a difference to the lives of young people with a Certificate IV in Youth Work at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This course will provide you with foundational skills to work with and support young people for positive outcomes. You’ll learn to develop and facilitate programs that address their social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs.

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a community or industry project, which will help consolidate your knowledge. You’ll graduate with practical skills and knowledge in:

  • effective communication
  • child protection
  • assessing youth at risk
  • advocacy and empowerment
  • community education and group activities
  • legal and ethical frameworks
  • workplace safety and first aid.

This course is delivered through Victoria University Polytechnic’s award-winning Blended Learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. Learning with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate. You’ll consolidate your skills through participation in an industry or community-based project.

You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills and knowledge. You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:

  • guest speaker presentations
  • workshops
  • scenario-based learning and assessments.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Victoria University Polytechnic, as part of Victoria University, believes in inclusivity, diversity and opportunity. We are proud of our varied cultural and community engagement projects with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities. VU works to address refugee issues, tackle diversity and social inclusion issues and improve the health and social wellbeing of the region. Through our extensive pathway options, we are also making higher education more accessible for young people and people of all ages.

Studying youth work with us means you will be learning in an environment that values and embodies the principles of community empowerment and opportunity.

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Already a VU student?

To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

Careers in youth work

This industry-focused certificate will give you the foundational skills for a challenging but rewarding career in youth work. Youth workers operate in a demanding and constantly changing industry with a high level of skill and expertise. Youth work can also offer a diverse and exciting career path, and prospects are strong with employment expected to grow strongly over the next five years (JobOutlook). 

You could find employment in community, government or youth sector agencies in a range of areas such as:

  • psycho-social support services (including residential, day program and outreach)
  • recreational programs
  • juvenile justice
  • housing
  • schools.

Potential job titles 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
  • community care worker
  • youth alcohol and other drugs worker.

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:

You will be credited for up to 144 credit points of study.

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

Course structure

To be awarded CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work, a student must successfully complete a total of eighteen (18) units of competency, comprising of:

  • fourteen (14) core units, and;

  • four (4) elective units of which:

  • at least two (2) units must be selected from the electives listed in the CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work qualification;

  • up to two (2) units may be selected from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course relevant to the work outcome.

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the role of 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.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Police Record Check and Working with Children Check. Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.
The following are suggested sites you could visit to obtain these checks:
- Police Record Check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
- Working with Children Check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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  • Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered

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