CHC40421 Certificate IV in Youth Work

VU course code: CHC40421 | Level of study: TAFE
1 year full time
Face to Face with eLearning


No tuition fees for eligible students

Footscray Nicholson, Sunshine, Werribee
15 July 2024
01 July 2024


Begin a career making a difference in the lives of young people, with a Certificate IV in Youth Work CHC40421 at Victoria University.

In this youth work course, you will learn how to develop and facilitate programs that support young people. Through targeted learning and practical exercises, you will develop skills needed to help teens and young adults address their health, behavioural, social and safety needs.

Our experienced youth-work teachers will show you effective techniques to achieve positive outcomes for 12- to 25-year-olds in a range of community settings, so you graduate work-ready.

By the end of your youth-work course, you will have skills needed to:

  • advocate for young people
  • assess youth at risk
  • manage youth-work cases
  • keep young people safe
  • organise community-education and group activities
  • communicate effectively
  • understand an organisation’s policies and guidelines.
NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To be awarded the CHC40421 Certificate IV in Youth Work, a total of seventeen (17) units of competency must be achieved, comprising of:

  • fifteen (15) core units, and;

  • two (2) elective units, of which:

  • at least one (1) must be listed in the training package
  • up to one (1) may be from the training package or any endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

Fees & Scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.


Eligible students won’t be required to pay tuition fees for this course.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand in from Victorian employers.




This industry-focused certificate will give you the foundational skills for a rewarding career in youth work. 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.

Once you have completed your youth-work certificate, you can seek work as a:

  • 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.


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