Certificate IV in Youth Work
Passionate about working with young people? Want a career that will make a real difference in their lives?
This program provides you with the knowledge and skills required to work with and support 10- to 25-year-olds.
The role of a youth worker is diverse, with many exciting and challenging career opportunities. You'll learn to develop and facilitate programs for young people through a range of community-based programs addressing the social, behavioural, health and welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people.
Teaching staff are experienced and highly skilled professionals currently working in the youth work sector, and the program combines workshops, field trips and practical work placement, so students are immersed in professionally relevant experiences from day one.
Many teaching staff work in industry, so students are exposed to the real world of youth work from their very first day. This access and connection to the community services sector paves the way for placement and employment opportunities for students.
Classes include a combination of:
- work-related learning
- workplace tasks and assessments
- case studies
- group and individual projects
- oral presentations
Assessment occurs through a variety of methods including:
- written reports
- class activities
- work placement observations and tasks
Guest lecturers provide relevant and up-to-date industry information.
All programs are delivered in English.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
To further develop your skills, you'll undertake an industry placement over the course of the year, complementing what you're learning in class. You will have the opportunity to complete placement(s) through a variety of community youth work services..
RMIT works closely with its industry partners to ensure that this program is aligned with industry needs. This program maintains strong links with the community youth work sector through course design, development, delivery and assessment.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with hands-on vocational practice.
You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world projects in international contexts. Our students have been leading participants in project teams working with partner organisations in the United Kingdom, Asia-Pacific, Europe, India and the USA.
RMIT’s Global Experience Office (GEO) supports students to undertake exchange or short-term mobility activities with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
This program consists of 14 core courses and 4 elective courses.
- case management
- community development
- effective communication
- mental health
- crisis intervention
- legal and ethical issues
- how to plan and conduct group activities
- how to engage with at risk youth.
You will obtain the Mental Health First Aid (Youth) certificate as part of this program.
Electives allow you to develop additional skills in:
- First Aid (Level 2 certificate)
- working in trauma informed care
- alcohol and other drugs issues
- case management.
For local students, this program is also offered as a traineeship. Please contact the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies for details.
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Program code: C4352
National curriculum code: CHC40413
Our graduates are highly sought after for a wide range of positions including those in:
- psycho-social support services, including residential, day program and outreach
- recreational programs
- juvenile justice
- local government
Graduates have also taken their careers overseas, working with agencies such as Oxfam.
Graduates of this program have a range of possible career options and may be employed in roles such as:
- community development worker (youth)
- indigenous youth worker
- recreational youth activities worker
- residential care worker
- youth alcohol and other drugs worker
- youth and family services worker
- youth housing support worker
- youth mental health worker
- juvenile justice worker
This nationally recognised vocational education qualification has been validated by the community services and health industries.
The Certificate IV in Youth Work is the industry requirement to qualify you for work with youth services in community settings throughout Australia.
You must submit a personal statement with your application outlining:
- your reasons for wanting to study this course
- your intended career path
- the personal strengths and attributes you will bring to the program
- details of any related work or voluntary experience
Non-academic abilities you’ll need to complete this program
Some inherent requirements for this program include:
- reading and writing skills for understanding and contributing to client documentation and reports
- managing your behaviour and emotions to provide safe and competent client care
- time based problem-solving when working with clients
View the full list of Certificate IV in Youth Work inherent requirements:
Who are they for?
Inherent requirements apply to every applicant and may be worth considering if you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition.
Why do you need to know?
By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, and the non-academic abilities you may need in this program, you can:
- understand more about the program
- determine if you may need support during your studies
- make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you.
What support is available?
If there are any activities that may be difficult for you to undertake, please discuss this with RMIT program staff or Equitable Learning Services (ELS).
If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we may be able to support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.
To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with ELS.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place.
To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at ‘How to check if you are eligible’.
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide. Learn more about fees for vocational study.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.