Certificate IV in Youth Work

National Code: CHC40413
TAFE SA Code: TP00644


This course 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.

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12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Counsellor and Community Worker

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Course Admission Requirements

If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
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Course Admission Requirements

  • Evidence of current paid employment/volunteer work in a direct intervention role with young people 10 – 25 years of age in a community services role for a period of 12 months or more
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course

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Entry Recommendations
We recommend that applicants with no or limited knowledge or skills in community services study a Certificate III in Community Services before this course.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
This course is delivered through online study and two compulsory on-campus workshops a week. Workshops are usually from 9.30 to 4.00pm, and occasionally from 9.00 to 5.00pm. Workshop days differ between campuses. This course is available at Elizabeth, Noarlunga and Regency campuses in Term 1 and 3.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You are encouraged to consider your personal wellness and your capacity to interact with and be assessed on traumatic course content. You will need to have basic computer skills.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
Working with Children check and a National Police check.

Vocational Placements
You will do a vocational placement of 140 hours in a local industry specific setting. You will need to have current vaccination and screening checks before starting your vocational placement.

Mandatory Requirements
You will need to have a current Working with Children Check. Some industry partners may also require a current National Police Check, COVID-19 and flu vaccinations that you may need to meet or show evidence of.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$1,888 - $2,243
$3,776 - $4,485
$1,162 - $1,380
$2,324 - $2,760
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training requires applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee
$5,203 - $6,182
$10,406 - $12,363

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Youth work may be undertaken through employment in community, government and youth sector agencies.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Youth Work (CHC40413)
    This qualification covers communication, working with diverse people, group activities, legal and ethical requirements, mental health, critical situations and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 14 core units and 4 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Engage respectfully with young people 60
    Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 40
    Participate in workplace health and safety 20
    Plan and conduct group activities 70
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
    Provide services for young people appropriate to their needs and circumstances 90
    Respond to critical situations 100
    Support young people to create opportunities in their lives 45
    Use communication to build relationships 55
    Work effectively with young people in the youth work context 60
    Work legally and ethically 55
    Work with diverse people 40
    Work with people with mental health issues 80
    Work within a community development framework 65


    Name Nominal Hours
    Facilitate responsible behaviour 40
    Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide 110
    Provide first aid 18
    Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence 50
    Respond to client needs 60
    Work in an alcohol and other drugs context 80
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