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CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work

National ID: CHC40413 State ID: J592
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Do you want to make a lifelong difference working with todays youth?

When you complete the Certificate IV in Youth Work you'll be on your way to a career as a youth worker, youth support worker, or case worker.

Gain these skills:

  • communicate and work effectively in the youth sector
  • promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
  • respond to critical situations
  • work with youth at risk
  • assist with collective action
  • work with cultural diversity
  • ethical behaviour
  • legal responsibilities

This course follows on from the CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services and can be achieved within 1 semester. If you have completed the CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services course you may wish to complete the additional units in this qualification to specialise in youth work.

This course is available for online study.


Look out for the self-paced option below to apply. Once enrolled, you will receive information about how to login to our eCampus and instructions for getting started studying this course online.


This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 July 2020 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.


This course is part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative where you'll only pay half the course fees until December 2021. Fees are capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession, plus resource fees and other fees that may apply to your course. Find out more


Some of the courses on the list can be done completely online. However some of the courses require a practical component which can't be done online, or some may be a mix of online and face-to-face learning. We’ll let you know what's required for your course. For a full list of online courses, please use the filters under the Refine course results menu.

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
C Grades in Year 11 WACE General English, and OLNA; or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 11 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate II or Certificate III


  • Completion of CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services is required prior to commencing this course.
  • In addition, the industry preference is that students are over 21 years of age as there is a requirement for graduates to work maturely with clients.

Attendance in class

You will need to attend class for 3 days a week one semester when studied full-time. 

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 7 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID and stationery (pen and exercise book).

Clean clothing suitable for an office work place must be worn.

Work placement

This qualification requires the completion of a work placement of approximately 120 hours.

If you live in the local area of Perth you will be assisted to find a placement if you are unable to find one.


Online study

Students completing the online study option will complete two units at a time, with progress monitored by their lecturer. This can be done at a pace suitable to you but for each group of units you have 4 months to complete, so we recommend you use our schedule provided to you at enrolment to assist you in avoiding having to re-enrol in the unit. 

Students must be able to demonstrate practical skills to achieve this qualification while studying completely online. Lecturers may arrange sessions for students that wish to access face to face support. 

Work placement

This qualification requires the completion of a work placement in an appropriate Youth Work role of approximately 120 hours, to be arranged by yourself.


The nature of online study can involve a significant investment of time and the ability to be a focused, self-motivated learner. You should consider your personal circumstances and past study history before committing to study online. Find out more in our online study info pack below.

Online study info pack (334 KB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)

All students enrolled in Community Services, Youth Work and Mental Health are encouraged to obtain First Aid training (HLTAID003 is preferred). It is your responsibility to organise and pay for the training.

You may be required to obtain a Working With Children Check and National Police Clearance prior to a supervised work placement. This will depend on the organisation you arrange your work placement with.

For more information visit:
https://workingwithchildren.wa.gov.au(opens in a new tab)
https://www.police.wa.gov.au/Police-Direct/National-Police-Certificates(opens in a new tab)

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek expressions of interest from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that neither employment nor work experience placement is guaranteed by us.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

Study options and next steps

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Semester 2

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