Course Description

Youth workers are passionate about the rights and entitlements of younger Australians, and aim to help young people find a safe place to develop as members of society. As a youth worker, your role will be to help young people make the most of their opportunities. Youth workers can find employment in a variety of settings such as community, government, welfare, and not-for-profit organisations, as well as church agencies.

This course 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. Within this course, there are core units focusing on mental health and working with diverse people, as well as how to work well with the community. You will also learn how to respond to critical situations and ways to assess coexisting needs.

The CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work will give you the specialised knowledge to 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.You will also gain valuable competencies in cultural diversity and develop strong communication skills.

 

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

Youth workers are passionate about the rights and entitlements of younger Australians, and aim to help young people find a safe place to develop as members of society. As a youth worker, your role will be to help young people make the most of their opportunities. Youth workers can find employment in a variety of settings such as community, government, welfare, and not-for-profit organisations, as well as church agencies.

This course 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. Within this course, there are core units focusing on mental health and working with diverse people, as well as how to work well with the community. You will also learn how to respond to critical situations and ways to assess coexisting needs.

The CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work will give you the specialised knowledge to 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.You will also gain valuable competencies in cultural diversity and develop strong communication skills.

 

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

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
Fee for service option awarded by
  • Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)

Youth workers are passionate about the rights and entitlements of younger Australians, and aim to help young people find a safe place to develop as members of society. As a youth worker, your role will be to help young people make the most of their opportunities. Youth workers can find employment in a variety of settings such as community, government, welfare, and not-for-profit organisations, as well as church agencies.

This course 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. Within this course, there are core units focusing on mental health and working with diverse people, as well as how to work well with the community. You will also learn how to respond to critical situations and ways to assess coexisting needs.

The CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work will give you the specialised knowledge to 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.You will also gain valuable competencies in cultural diversity and develop strong communication skills.

 

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

Fee For Service Schedule

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.
  • Printer and associated software
  • 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.

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.

George Nawar

George Nawar has worked as a youth worker for Mission Australia, MTC Australia Youth Connections and Exodus Youth Worx. Prior to becoming a youth worker, he worked as a high school teacher in Australia, South Africa, South Korea and Egypt. He holds numerous qualifications in Youth Work and Community Services and is passionate about building community through learning.

Katrina Wisbey

With 16 years’ experience in the community services sector, Katrina Wisbey is a passionate advocate for social welfare and public health. During her career she has worked as a dementia therapist, family worker, and youth coordinator, Katrina’s background includes disability support, and Dept. of Community services casework. Katrina has worked in community services as a trainer working in the Training sector since 2007. A published author, Katrina has also written a textbook on children and young people with challenging behaviours, as well as several articles on young people, and blogs on wellbeing and health. Katrina holds a Master of Social Sciences, as well as a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Community Welfare), a Diploma of Community Services, an Advanced Diploma of Business Management, a Certificate IV in Children’s Services, and a Diploma of Nutrition. Katrina is a strong proponent for the ‘limitless possibilities of youth’ and is actively involved in art therapy for teenagers, as well as working with youth suffering body issues and alcohol and drug problems.

Kylie Johnston

Kylie has been working in the drug alcohol and mental health sector since 2007. During this time she has worked in detoxification units and drug and alcohol rehabilitation units for both adults and youth. Kylie has also done extensive research with Drugs NSW through methadone programs with South Western Sydney Health Services. Kylie has university qualifications in mental health, as well as a Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs and is currently completing her Diploma in Drug, Alcohol and Mental Health and Student Welfare. Kylie has recently been teaching community services (case management), however her passion is teaching within the drug, alcohol and mental health sector.

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.

Rychelle Carmody

Rychelle works as a residential youth worker in the Geelong region with high risk young people aged 11-20. She is also currently a youth education trainer at an alternative school teaching personal development skills which forms a part of the VCAL Certificate. Rychelle enjoys being able to make a difference in young people’s lives by giving them opportunities to learn new things. Rychelle has also been a Certificate IV and Diploma of Youth Work trainer, where she really enjoyed giving other people an insight into what it takes and how rewarding it is to be a youth worker.

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