Course Info

Certificate IV in Youth Work

National Course Code: CHC40413


The nationally recognised Certificate IV in Youth Work allows you to pursue your passion for helping youth, and pair it with a life-long career as a youth worker. Make a difference in your community by empowering the young people who need it most to build a strong future.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Engage respectfully with young people
  • Build strong relationships
  • Communicate in positive ways
  • Provide services for youth
  • Respond to critical situations
  • Work legally and ethically


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Patience, integrity and resilience
  • Empathy and understanding
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Organisation and leadership
  • Acceptance of diversity
  • Motivation to change lives


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level
  • Strong pathways to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Youth worker


Continue to empower youth with:

  • Diploma in Youth Work
  • Diploma in Community Services


This course is currently available at 2 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in the youth work industry display:

  • Patience, integrity and resilience
  • Empathy and understanding
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Organisation and leadership
  • Acceptance of diversity
  • Motivation to change lives

Assessments equip you with the skills, and confidence, to provide the highest level of support to youth:

  • Knowledge assessments: case studies
  • Pracitcal skills assessments: demonstrations under observation, role-plays
  • Begin your study with a Certificate III in Community Services for a strong understanding of the community services industry
  • Specialise with a Certificate IV in Youth Work, where you will develop foundational skills to work with youth
  • Advance these skills with a Diploma of Youth Work and move into leadership style roles

Depending on your campus location and local partnerships with TAFE NSW, you may have the opportunity to participate in excursions that take you behind the scenes in the youth work industry in youth, crisis intervention, drug and alcohol, or juvenile detention services and facilities.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Engaging with youth
  • Facilitating group work in the youth sector (including set up, group discussions, and evaluation)
  • Developing programs
  • Communicating with professionals
  • Working legally and ethically

At TAFE NSW, we understand the importance of practicing your hands-on skills learnt in authentic workplace scenarios. Throughout your youth work course, you will participate in several scenarios including:

  • Organising information sessions for services
  • Running anger management programs
  • Developing policies and procedures
  • Involvement in different events

You will have access to industry specific computer rooms, studios, study and presentation areas, as well as the general student facilities available at most TAFE NSW campuses.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

A career as a professional youth worker means that no two days will ever be the same. You may work as a worker, youth liaison officer, indigenous youth worker, juvenile justice officer, school liaison officer or community service worker.

These jobs may be available in crisis accommodation, youth centres, recreational centres, pastoral care, or school settings in both regional and metropolitan areas.

Supporting and guiding the youth of Australia allows you to build a stronger future for the community as a whole. Youth work is an empowering practice that advocates for and facilitates independence, confidence, and connectedness.

There will always be a need for qualified professionals who can facilitate positive change with our Youth.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • On campus, Combination
  • Full Time
  • Fully government-subsidised
  • JobTrainer

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Campbelltown: Full Time, Combination

  • Fee Free if Eligible for JobTrainer
  • Start Date: 07 Oct 2021
  • Duration: 27 Weeks

Mount Druitt: Full Time, On campus

  • Fee Free if Eligible for JobTrainer
  • Start Date: Enquire Now

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