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 curriclum combines workshops, field trips and practical work placement, so you are immersed in professionally relevant experiences from day one.
Changes to Free TAFE
*Free TAFE numbers are now capped with limited places for this course.
Free TAFE opportunities in the Certificate IV in Youth Work (CHC40413) are limited, your free place is only guaranteed once you have enrolled. We encourage all prospective students to enrol as soon as possible to secure a Free TAFE place.
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.
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 University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with hands-on vocational practice.
We work closely with our industry partners to ensure this certificate is aligned with industry needs. This certificate maintains strong links with the community youth work sector through course design, development, delivery and assessment.
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 certificate consists of 14 core subjects and 4 elective subjects.
- 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 qualification.
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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One year Full time
One year Full time
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Program code: C4352
National curriculum code: CHC40413
If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.
- Plan C4352 - 3200372464
Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.
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 certificate 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.
Job Outlook projects that work opportunities for social and youth workers are set to increase by 29.3% to 2024, and up to 28.2% for welfare, recreation and community arts workers. Job Outlook also estimates that the most common annual salary for a youth and community worker in Australia is between $65,000 and $75,000.
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 be at least 18 years of age by the commencement date of the program.
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
If you are applying to RMIT via VTAC you can complete and submit the VTAC personal statement via your online VTAC account.
If you are applying direct to RMIT you can upload your completed personal statement via your online direct application.
The following information outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.
The non-academic abilities listed are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.
If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require.
By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, 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
If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can 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 Equitable Learning Service
The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience placement settings.
Working with Children Check*
Applicants will be required to hold a valid Victorian Working with Children (WWC) Check (valid for 5 years) prior to undertaking professional placement as part of this program.
Note: For placements undertaken interstate a valid WWC Check is required for that state.
National Police Record Check*
Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements as part of this program. National Police records check are conducted via fit2work.
An account with fit2work will be created using the student’s name and the RMIT issued student email address, once studies in the program have commenced. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.
NDIS Worker Screening Check*
Applicants may be required to apply for, and receive an acceptable NDIS Worker Screening Check prior to undertaking professional placement with an NDIS provider as part of this program.
*All relevant screening and compliance check fees are the responsibility of the student.
Free TAFE for priority courses
The Victorian Government is currently waiving tuition fees for this program for students who meet eligibility requirements for government subsidised places.
JobTrainer is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth and State Government which provides additional funding for free or low-fee (20% of the listed tuition fee) training courses for young people and job seekers. Eligible applicants will be able to access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund.
Visit Free TAFE for priority courses for further information on what this means and whether you may be eligible.
If you have any questions you can contact Study@RMIT.
The tuition fees below will apply if you are not receiving a Free TAFE or JobTrainer fee waiver.
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.
- 2022 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$950.00* per annum
- 2022 government subsidised place: AU$4,750* per annum
- 2022 full-fee place: AU$10,000* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
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.
Eligibility Exemption criteria
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility
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 2022 is $315.
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.