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CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work

National ID: CHC50413 State ID: J597
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Make a lifelong difference at a crucial time in a young person's life.

When you complete the Diploma of Youth Work you'll be on your way to a team leading career as a youth worker, youth officer, or case worker.

You will gain the knowledge and skills to communicate and work effectively in the youth sector, developing and managing youth programs, promoting social, emotional and physical wellbeing, responding to critical situations, working with youth at risk, assisting collective action, developing and maintaining professional networks, working with cultural diversity, ethical behaviour and legal responsibilities.

The course is delivered over 12 months and is grouped into 3 stages (approx. 40 weeks) Each stage comprises of a grouping of units which sequentially builds skills and knowledge for the qualification.

Stage 1 comprises of units relating to workplace safety, compliance, diversity and communication which provide the knowledge and foundation for the remaining units

Stage 2 comprises of units which relate specifically to the specialist areas of these qualifications in the areas of Counselling, Community Development and Youth Work.

Stage 3 comprises of units that relate to working with complex individuals and managing services for clients in crisis.

You may choose to complete one or two of the Diploma qualifications rather than all three. The options are discussed with students prior to enrolling.

Enhance your employment options by doing a dual qualification

If you choose to enrol in additional units you can gain a dual qualification with one of the below. These options are discussed with students prior to enrolling.

CHC52015 | Diploma of Community Services(opens in a new tab)

This qualification reflects the roles of community services and case management workers involved in the managing, co-ordinating and/or delivering of person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities. At this level, workers have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously under broad directions from senior management. Workers are usually providing direct support to individuals or groups of individuals. Workers may also have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers and/or case management; program coordination or the development of new business opportunities.

CHC51015 | Diploma of Counselling(opens in a new tab)  (*Not a half price qualification)

This qualification reflects the role of counsellors, who work with clients on personal and psychological issues using established counselling modalities. They use communication, micro-counselling and interviewing skills and draw on varied counselling therapies to assist clients. At this level, the counsellor will be working in defined and supported counselling roles in established agencies rather than in independent practice. 

If learners complete all the units on the timetable, plus have completed CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work and CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services, they will gain certification in CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services, CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling and CHC51413 Diploma of Youth Work.

Half price fees apply!

Please note: This qualification is in transition, and the course code is subject to change.


This course is available online. 

^ Online availability varies at each campus. Some qualifications may require practical training and assessments to be done in person.

VET Student Loans (VSL)

This course is eligible for a VET student loan. To see if you're eligible and to find more visit our Student Loans page. 

This course includes work placement or live works in a Group 1 or Group 2 industry as outlined in COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy.  For the latest information on vaccine requirements for students visit our COVID-19 update page.

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

RTO Entrance Requirements

Learners are required to provide evidence of having sufficient language, literacy and numeracy skills to successfully undertake the program's academic and workplace experience requirements, prior to commencing the program.

The Central Regional TAFE Website states the following entry requirements:

  • School Leaver 
    • Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent
  • Non-School Leaver
    • Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades)  
    • AQF Certificate III

All applicants that have not completed CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services and CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth will need to meet with lecturing staff prior to enrolment to discuss the possibility of Recognition for Prior Learning for all the units that are delivered in Certificate IV Community and/or Youth. These units are outlined in the Qualification packaging rules below. 

While there is no requirements under the qualification packaging rules for prior completion of Certificate IV in Community Services or Certificate IV in Youth Work, students without these qualifications will not have all the units required for the qualification as they will be missing the units delivered in Certificate IV. 

A current National Police Clearance and Working with Children’s Check are required prior to work placement and employment in most youth and community agencies. An Education Department Check is also required for organisations funded by the Education Department.

Potential learners with convictions are asked to discuss these with a lecturer as they will impact on placement. Learners are encouraged to have any convictions they may have Spent if possible. Some convictions will mean placement will be unavailable. Without placement learners are unable to complete the course.

Learners will be interviewed during enrolment and a Client Needs Summary will be completed to identify any limitations to these requirements and actions planned to address these limitations.

Industry Requirements

Students are required to obtain the following:

  • Working with Children’s Check
  • National Police Clearance
  • Current COVID-19 Vaccinations

National Police Clearance must be no older than 6 months at time of enrolment. Working with Children Check (valid for 3 years).

Part of the Community Services course may require you to attend work placement at agencies in Geraldton. You will need to arrange your own transport to and from the PRE-ENROLMENT INFORMATION about myCourse agencies during work placement. You may also be required to attend other organisations and venues for project work, you will need to arrange your own transport to and from Central Regional TAFE in these situations.

Work Placement

This course includes work placement or live works in a Group 1 or Group 2 industry as outlined in COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy.  For the latest information on vaccine requirements for students visit our COVID-19 updates page.

Work Placement provides a practical opportunity for students to develop skills in a real life situations. Work placement provides students with work-based experiences in vocational areas and opportunities to explore the workplace thus enabling students to better prepare themselves for the transition from a training institute to work.

To achieve CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services and CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work students must meet the requirements of CHCDEV002 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services which requires 100 hours minimum of field placement.

At Central Regional TAFE Geraldton we require students to complete 200 hours of placement for the combined qualification of CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services Work and CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work. We provide extra placement for these qualifications to provide opportunities for students to practice the skills in the work environment rather than always using a simulated environment.  

Please note: This qualification is in transition, and the course code is subject to change.

VET Student Loans

This qualification is eligible for the Commonwealth Government's VET Student Loan scheme. Eligible students can opt to defer the payment of all or part of their tuition fees by applying for a VET Student Loan. VET Student Loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements. Approved loans become a personal debt with the Commonwealth (HELP debt) until it is repaid.

For more information on VET Student Loans at Central Regional TAFE click here.

For other VET Student Loan eligible courses click here(opens in a new tab) .


Upon successful completion you will receive a Diploma in Youth Work. If you successfully complete the necessary additional units you will receive a dual Diploma in either Youth Work and Community Services or Youth Work and Counselling. 

Job opportunities include:

  • Youth Worker
  • Family Support Worker 
  • Community Development Worker (youth) 
  • Youth and Family Resource Officer
  • Housing Support Worker (youth) 
  • Recreational Activities Worker (youth) 
  • Case Manager
  • Community Education Worker

For more information about job and career pathways, visit JobOutlook(opens in a new tab)  or Jobs and Skills WA

Please note: This list is a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

We offer a range of further study opportunities, view our course list here. 

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Semester 1, 2023

Geraldton - Classroom Combined CHC52015 & CHC51015

Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2023
Where Geraldton
How Classroom Combined CHC52015 & CHC51015

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