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CHC40421 Certificate IV in Youth Work

Free TAFE Community Services

Next intake To be advised
LocationsGeelong City Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 months

Course description

Would you like to become a professional youth worker in the community services sector?  

This course equips you with comprehensive skills and knowledge to work in a range of areas, including community, government and education. 

The course will provide you with the practical skills required to work effectively with young people in individual and group settings and covers subjects such as sociology, psychology, counselling skills and the youth sector. 

Possible career outcomes

  • Youth worker 
  • Recreational youth activities worker 
  • Community development worker (youth) 

Applications & attendance

Applications for this course are not currently open.

Please contact customer service on 52250538 during business hours to discuss upcoming intake dates.

2024 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2024
Close: 1 Jul 2024 
Class DayStart: 15 Jul 2024
Mon, Tue, Thurs - 9am to 4pm
Full-time: 12 months    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants must be 18 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3 and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Work placement requirements

  • Applicants are required to hold a current Working with Children Check for industry emersion.
  • Applicants are required to undergo a NDIS check required for student mentor program.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Engage respectfully with young people CHCYTH013 60
Identify and report children and young people at risk CHCPRT025 40
Participate in workplace health and safety HLTWHS001 20
Plan and conduct group activities CHCGRP002 70
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety CHCDIV002 25
Provide services for the needs and circumstances of young people CHCYTH022 100
Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence CHCDFV001 50
Respond to critical situations CHCYTH016 100
Support young people to create opportunities in their lives CHCYTH015 45
Use communication to build relationships CHCCOM002 55
Work effectively in trauma informed care CHCMHS007 40
Work effectively with young people in the youth work context CHCYTH014 60
Work legally and ethically CHCLEG001 55
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001 40
Work with people with mental health issues CHCMHS001 80
Elective Units Code Hours
Work in an alcohol and other drugs context CHCAOD001 80
Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness CHCSOH013 85


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Questioning
  • Observations and practical demonstrations 
  • ​​​Product (reports, projects, role plays etc) 

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.76 per hour 1005 AUD $764.00 AUD $9,360.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.82 per hour 1005 AUD $3,839.00 AUD $9,360.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $12.07 per hour 1005 AUD $12,130.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $25.00 Once
Education Levy AUD $150.75
Resources AUD $360.00 Once
Administration Fee AUD $250.00 Once
Excursion AUD $18.00 Once


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 2/07/2024 8:02:26 AM