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Certificate IV in Youth Work


An entry-level qualification to help develop and facilitate programs for young people designed to address their social, behavioural, health, wellbeing, developmental and protection needs. The Institute’s Certificate IV of Youth Work qualification provides you with skills and knowledge to work as part of a broader support team. Provide assistance with housing, networking or relevant health services and education can make an enormous difference to the future of a youth at risk.

The course is developed with practical components that are industry relevant to give you confidence in applying your knowledge and skills in the real world. You will be able to work in community, government, and youth sector agencies. You are also eligible to upgrade to AIPC’s Diploma of Youth Work (CHC40421), automatically receiving 10 units of credit.


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Icon-Course-Delivery Course Delivery

Online, Full-Time, Part-Time, Self-paced

Icon-Duration Duration

18 months (full time)

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16 Units

You are able to gain entry to the Certificate IV of Youth Work if you are over 18 years of age and have:

  • Icon-Small-Tick Completed Year 12, or
  • Icon-Small-Tick Completed a Certificate III qualification, or
  • Icon-Small-Tick Have at least 3 years of sufficient life experience (work or study), if over 21 years of age.

The Certificate IV of Youth Work is a nationally recognised training program in Australia, so you can be assured of its quality, status and integrity.
  • Icon-Small-Tick Reduced Upfront (and enjoy a substantial discount).
  • Icon-Small-Tick Fortnightly Payment Plan (take advantage of our fortnightly payment plans)
  • Icon-Small-Tick Pay via Credit Card or Direct Debit

Our Student Support Centres are located in:

  • Icon-Small-Tick Brisbane
  • Icon-Small-Tick Sunshine Coast
  • Icon-Small-Tick Gold Coast & Northern Rivers
  • Icon-Small-Tick Sydney
  • Icon-Small-Tick Melbourne
  • Icon-Small-Tick Adelaide
  • Icon-Small-Tick Perth

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Why study our Certificate IV in Youth Work

Our Certificate IV of Youth Work is a journey of self-discovery, providing deep insight into why young people think and behave as they do.

0 Career ready

When you graduate you will be well prepared to pursue a career in the Youth Work sector - employed or self-employed – enjoying our strong industry reputation and linkage.

1 Extremely applicable

Our program is extremely suitable for people from all sorts of backgrounds. It’s the ideal path, whether you are seeking a fresh start in a rewarding profession; or want to acquire specialised counselling skills as an adjunct or extension to your core profession - such as teachers, nurses, ministers of religion, corrective services officers and administrators.

2 Counselling education specialists

We believe you're better off learning from a specialist than a generalist. Many training providers deliver courses across a variety of industries. At AIPC, we prefer to concentrate on counselling and community services education.

3 Flexible learning

With so many demands on our time it can be difficult to fit study in around other commitments, that's why our Certificate IV of Youth Work has been designed to maximise your learning from home where you can progress through your studies at your own pace.

Course Outline


[CHCYTH013] Engage respectfully with young people # *

In this unit learn how to engage and communicate with young people within roles specifically focused on youth-centred practices.

[CHCDIV001] Work with diverse people
[CHCDIV002] Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

Students will gain the relevant skills and knowledge to work respectfully within diverse cultures and social situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Students will learn how to identify, develop strategies and model cultural safety issues within the workplace and with clients.

[CHCLEG001] Work legally and ethically

This unit explores the legal and ethical frameworks in which you are required to work within. You will learn how to fulfil specific legal and ethical responsibilities as well as how to address common legal and ethical issues within your practice.

[CHCCOM002] Use communication to build relationships #

Students will learn how to use specific communication techniques to establish, build and maintain relationships with clients, colleagues and other stakeholders based on respect and trust.

[CHCGRP002] Plan and conduct group activities #

In this unit, students will learn how to work in both formal and informal group-settings, encouraging and promoting communication channels with participants.

[CHCPRP001] Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships #

This unit focuses on developing networks, service delivery and improving your professional practice.

[HLTWHS001] Participate in workplace health and safety *

Students will learn how to identify and participate in safe work practices both for self and others, within the work environment.

[CHCYTH014] Work effectively with young people in the youth work context *

Students will learn both contemporary and historical practices to assist in understanding the current contexts of youth work practices.

[CHCMHS001] Work with people with mental health issues #

This unit focuses on how to work respectfully with clients experiencing mental health concerns. You will learn about the key principles and practices in working collaboratively with a client, their support network, and other service providers, in order to best meet their needs.

[CHCAOD001] Work in an alcohol or other drugs context #

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to understand and apply information relevant to working with a client in an alcohol and other drugs context.

[CHCYTH015] Support young people to create opportunities in their lives *

This unit will help students to be able to assist young people to identify the challenges and opportunities in their lives and to work towards their goals on an individual or group level.

[CHCYTH022] Provide services for the needs and circumstances of young people *

Students will learn how to provide guidance and role models to young people and their families, or nominated carer, to maintain positive and supportive relationships, while identifying problems and establishing goals for change based on maintaining support from family, nominated carer and the general community.

[CHCPRT025] Identify and report children and young people at risk # *

Working within relevant legislation and policies, students will learn how to work within their duty of care towards children and young people who are at risk of harm.

[CHCYTH016] Respond to critical situations #

In this unit, students are provided with the appropriate skills and knowledge to develop relevant frameworks to respond to crisis situations with young people.

[CHCMHS007] Work effectively in trauma informed care

This unit provides the skills and knowledge required to practice and contribute to the continuous improvement of trauma informed care within a service.

[CHCDFV001] Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence #

Students will learn how to identify and respond to the needs of clients who may be experiencing domestic and family violence, including responding to immediate intervention and support needs.

# These units require the practical demonstration of skills in a real or simulated work environment.
* This course also requires completion of a work placement of a minimum of 240 hours.

At AIPC we have a payment method to suit every student. If you decide to pay for your course upfront you will enjoy a substantial discount, and you can concentrate on your studies without thinking about further payments. If you would prefer to spread your payments, you can take advantage of our fortnightly payment plans over 26 fortnights.

To further assist make training as accessible as possible, we separate payment for tuition (theory elements) from that of the practical course elements. Payment for the practical elements is done as they are undertaken. See full details below.

We always strive to keep tuition as affordable as possible, opening up quality education for everyone.

Reduced Upfront Payment
Fortnightly Payment**

Certificate IV in Youth Work

x 26 fortnights

*Total upfront course cost is $3,970, which includes tuition of $2,990, plus 7 practical sessions each of $140. The practical elements are paid as they are undertaken. They can be completed either on-campus (via four 1-day workshops), online (via Zoom/Skype), by uploading a video demonstration, or by having a private assessor assess your skills.

**Fortnightly payments can be made by Credit Card or Direct Debit.

For over 30-years AIPC has set the benchmark for service and support in external studies. We provide a complete external study support system that has been developed and refined over decades of research and continual student feedback.

Unlimited access to the Institutes Toll Free 1300 Study Assistance Line, 9am to 5pm EST Monday to Friday.

The structure of the Certificate IV in Youth Work ensures you graduate with sufficient practical skill so you can apply your knowledge with confidence.

Regular seminars give you the opportunity to apply the theory you have learned in contemporary scenarios. They are also a great opportunity to get together with fellow students and participate in casework sessions under the guidance of a qualified Lecturer. Seminars are held regularly in most capital cities throughout Australia.

Students who may not be able to attend seminars for whatever reason, can elect to complete the practical components through alternate means, such as a one-on-one or small group session with a private assessor. We have private assessors in numerous regional areas across Australia.

Students can also complete their practical components by video recording a demonstration of their skills. We have guidelines available to assist students compile their recordings and develop effective role plays to demonstrate their skills.

Optional tutorials are available at most Student Support Centres. Tutorials provide you with support on each written subject.

  • Will assist you in understanding theory,
  • Provide you with tips on how to structure your study timetable,
  • Help you successfully compile your assignments, and
  • Give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

The Institute website is an extremely helpful study resource. Via the website you can access My.AIPC which is your link to numerous study support and e-learning functions. You can:

  • Download electronic versions of your workbooks,
  • Complete your activities and upload for marking,
  • Contact an Online Education Adviser for study assistance,
  • Access the Knowledge Base, a massive database of the most commonly asked academic questions, categorised for particular subjects, activities and concepts,
  • See when seminars are available in your area,
  • Plus much more.

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