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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Up to 18 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Youth Worker or Disability Worker Youth Worker or Disability Worker

In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered. If any changes are made to the delivery of your course, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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Course Admission Requirements


  • Either any Certificate III or higher or SACE Completion or equivalent
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 18 month course
$1,210 - $1,438
$3,630 - $4,313
$774 - $920
$2,323 - $2,760

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$2,033 - $2,415
$6,098 - $7,245

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • Students will be required to attend a localised industry specific setting for work placement (140 hours).
    • For participation in this qualification, students will be required to obtain a clearance from the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion at their expense. For more information please go to https://screening.dcsi.sa.gov.au/
    • Basic computing skills are required for successful completion of this course. Contact Information Services on 1800 882 661 for information on courses available.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • 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 find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of 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 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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