Course Description

Learn to look after the holistic welfare of children and teenagers, including their safety, emotional health and social connectivity, with Open Colleges’ CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work .

During your course you will learn:

  • How to listen to and understand young people’s problems, taking into account their background and circumstances, and counsel them around the areas they are struggling with.
  • The skills to interact and work with the families and guardians of children and teens, to arrive at the best possible outcomes for your young client’s welfare.
  • How to understand and work with a variety of cultural perspectives, and promote the health and safety of young people living in these communities.
  • Key relationship and trust building skills.
  • How to assess young people, respond to their needs and link them in with services that will assist them and meet their needs.
  • Encourage youth participation, and help young people to connect with people and communities that will have a positive and healthy impact on their lives.
  • How to respond to critical situations, and work with youth who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness.
  • Understand, work with and support young people struggling with mental health issues. 

The Open Colleges CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work  has been designed in consultation with experts in the industry, to make sure your learning is comprehensive and applicable to the current youth work sector.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care and Management Training.

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Community development youth worker
  • Indigenous youth worker
  • Recreational youth activities worker
  • Residential support worker
  • Youth and family services officer
  • Youth case worker
  • Youth housing support worker
  • Youth worker
Course number E1031
Qualification name CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case Studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Logbook, Portfolio, Presentations, Projects, Reports, Workplace Assessments, Workplace Portfolio, Written Reports
Awarded by
  • Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)

Learn to look after the holistic welfare of children and teenagers, including their safety, emotional health and social connectivity, with Open Colleges’ CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work .

During your course you will learn:

  • How to listen to and understand young people’s problems, taking into account their background and circumstances, and counsel them around the areas they are struggling with.
  • The skills to interact and work with the families and guardians of children and teens, to arrive at the best possible outcomes for your young client’s welfare.
  • How to understand and work with a variety of cultural perspectives, and promote the health and safety of young people living in these communities.
  • Key relationship and trust building skills.
  • How to assess young people, respond to their needs and link them in with services that will assist them and meet their needs.
  • Encourage youth participation, and help young people to connect with people and communities that will have a positive and healthy impact on their lives.
  • How to respond to critical situations, and work with youth who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness.
  • Understand, work with and support young people struggling with mental health issues. 

The Open Colleges CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work  has been designed in consultation with experts in the industry, to make sure your learning is comprehensive and applicable to the current youth work sector.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care and Management Training.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Module 1: Introduction to youth work

  • Apply understanding of the social, historical, economic, legal and political contexts of young people
  • Apply understanding of the context of youth work
  • Work within the core values and practice frameworks of youth work
  • Work with understanding of the impact of values in determining the approach to working with young people
  • Communicate effectively with young people
  • Reflect understanding of youth cultures and subcultures and young person’s own development
  • Work with the young person as the focus 
  • Reflect on own practice and values

Module 2: Working with diversity

  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups
  • Identify cultural safety issues in the workplace
  • Model cultural safety in own work
  • Develop strategies for improved cultural safety
  • Evaluate cultural safety strategies

Module 3: Work, health and safety

  • Follow safe work practices
  • Implement safe work practices
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices

Module 4: First aid

  • Respond to an emergency situation
  • Apply appropriate first aid procedures
  • Communicate details of the incident
  • Evaluate the incident and own performance

Module 5: Working with families

  • Establish relationship with the young person’s nominated carer/family members
  • Exchange information with family/carers about young person’s needs and/or risks
  • Determine a mutual approach to addressing the young person’s needs
  • Respond to families’/nominated carers concerns about young person

Module 6: Practice principles

  • Identify and respond to legal requirements
  • Identify and meet ethical responsibilities
  • Contribute to workplace improvements
  • Communicate with clients and co-workers
  • Address communication needs
  • Facilitate meetings

Module 7: Mental health

  • Establish respectful relationships with people with mental health issues
  • Determine the needs of people with mental health issues
  • Work with people with mental health issues to meet aspirations and needs
  • Identify and address immediate needs and circumstances of young people
  • Explore and clarify issues facing the young person and the nature of support sought
  • Facilitate goal setting and action planning
  • Provide targeted assistance and referral
  • Act as an advocate on request
  • Prepare for assessment
  • Analyse the person’s needs using a collaborative approach
  • Determine appropriate services
  • Complete reporting
  • Evaluate assessment and referral processes

Module 8: Responding to crisis

  • Implement risk-minimisation strategies
  • Maintain a safe environment for young people
  • Prevent escalation of violent behaviour
  • Secure the safety of clients
  • Address issues associated with people who are experiencing homelessness or risk of becoming homeless
  • Support and advocate for people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless
  • Implement work practices which support the protection of children and young people
  • Report indications of possible risk of harm
  • Apply ethical and nurturing practices in work with children and young people

Module 9: Community supports

  • Create a relationship of trust and respect
  • Work with young people to identify their needs, rights, strengths, hopes and opportunities
  • Identify goals with the young person
  • Develop and implement action plans
  • Operate within a community development framework
  • Distinguish between private and public issues arising in community development work
  • Work with groups to achieve community development outcomes
  • Plan group activities and resources
  • Coordinate group planning processes
  • Manage group processes and conflict
  • Evaluate group activities

Education

You will need to have completed Year 12, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate III level or higher, OR
  • Two years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

English

This course involves reading learning content and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate III level or higher, OR
  • Two years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Skills

To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files.

Physical requirements

You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness, as the work placement may involve a variety of physical tasks, such as providing personal care, assisting clients with mobility and transfers and considerable time standing and walking.

Additional

First Aid

The unit HLTAID003 Apply first aid (or its equivalent) is not delivered by Open Colleges. This unit can be satisfied via the completion of the nationally recognised unit of competency or its equivalent offered by an approved provider. You will need to provide a certified copy of a current certificate or Statement of Attainment to be provided credit for this unit. You will need to pay a fee directly to the provider and may be required to travel in order to undertake this unit with the provider of your choice. Whilst it is not a requirement to hold a current first aid certificate to undertake work placement in this industry, workplaces have the right to request this.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

The course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement

Students will often undertake work placement in their current workplace or find a workplace through their friends, family or colleagues. If you experience difficulties finding a work placement, Open Colleges will provide you with advice, resources and support through our work placement support team.

There are a number of statutory checks that may be required by workplaces, such as a National Police Check, Working with Children Check (or state equivalent), a First Aid Certificate and signing of a Confidentiality Agreement and Code of Conduct. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements.

Your work placement will need to be completed in Australia, and you will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197). The testamur will be issued by Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd.

Dajana Karac

Dajana holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Youth Work) and has worked with disengaged and at risk young people for the past five years. Dajana also holds a Certificate IV in TAE and is currently employed as a Youth Education Trainer and Assessor at an alternative school delivering the VCAL certificate. She has a passion for working with disengaged and at risk young people as she would love to make a difference. Dajana is also very passionate about youth work and would like to offer her skills and experience to encourage others and show how rewarding it is to be a youth worker.

Jeramy Nusco

Jeramy is a Behaviour Support Practitioner and Coordinator for a N.S.W and A.C.T based disability service. Jeramy specialises in supporting people with autism, intellectual disabilities and acquired brain injuries by coordinating a team of practitioners, developing behaviour support plans and responding to incidents. Jeramy also runs internal training for all direct-support staff as well as workshops for families, carers and other professionals across N.S.W and A.C.T in ‘Person-Centred Behaviour Support’.

Jeramy chairs a restricted practices panel in Sydney, and sits as an ‘independent member’ on three other restricted practices panels including Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC). He also has experience in out-of-home-care, child protection, homeless youth and community development programs where he has supported complex trauma and significant behaviours of concern.

Martin Brown

Martin has worked in the community sector for almost a decade in areas including foster care, disabilities and mental health. Martin specialises in youth work with high needs behaviourally challenged young people. His hands-on training and experience is extensive. More recently, Martin has moved into the VET sector to aid others in gaining qualifications in the community services. Martin’s qualifications include a Diploma of Community Services Work, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment as well as various training in case working, guided incident response and suicide/self harm.

Megan Mills

Megan has worked in disability, mental health and aged care sectors in both front-line service delivery and management roles for 10 years. Megan holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Therapeutic Recreation). She has extensive experience supporting clients of diverse needs, and cultural and religious backgrounds through recovery-oriented practice, therapeutic interventions, and client-directed care. The only thing that beats Megan’s passion for mental health is her passion for supporting other’s development of skills and knowledge.

Melissa McKay

Melissa has over seven years’ experience within the community services sector as a Case Manager, as well as a Mental Health Nurse in acute care settings. She is currently completing a Bachelors of Applied Social Science to accompany her other vocational qualifications within the field of community services, mental health and AOD. Melissa has over five years of experience within the VET sector, developing and providing training to future community service workers. She is passionate about mental health and AOD and has an enormous passion for the training sector.

Narelle Jolley

Narelle has been working with young people for 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art, a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary and Secondary) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.  Narelle has worked within mainstream school settings as an English and Art Teacher but for the last seven years has been teaching disengaged and ‘at risk’ young people. She delivers literacy, personal development skills and art to young people who are working towards achieving a VCAL Certificate. She has developed an art program which promotes student wellbeing and believes in empowering young people through active involvement in education and community.

Rychelle Carmody

Rychelle worked as a Residential Youth Worker with high risk young people for many years. She currently works as a Youth Education Trainer, teaching work-related and personal development skills. Rychelle enjoys being able to make a difference in young people’s lives by giving them opportunities to learn new things. Rychelle is a Trainer and Assessor at a well-known RTO for all community services courses. She enjoys giving other people an insight into what it takes, and how rewarding it is, to be a worker in the community services sector. Rychelle is currently completing her Bachelor of Social Work with an interest in child and adolescent psychology.

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