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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
Locations and study options
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