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Diploma of Youth Work


As a Youth Worker, providing 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.

By offering advice and support to those who may be, or already are, at risk means that the youth of tomorrow will have a better chance of gaining an education, increasing their social and work skills, or providing their families with suitable accommodation.


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Icon-Course-Delivery Course Delivery

Online, Full-time, Part-time, Self-paced

Icon-Duration Duration

12 months (full time)

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21 Units

You must be over the age of 21 to enrol in the Diploma of Youth Work 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 Diploma 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 Monthly Payment Plan (take advantage of our monthly payment plans over 21 or 24 months).
  • 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 Diploma of Youth Work

Our Diploma of Youth Work is a journey of self discovery, providing deep insight into why you think and behave as you do.

0 Career ready

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

1 Extremely applicable

The Diploma is extremely applicable to people from all sorts of backgrounds. Whether you are seeking a fresh start in a rewarding profession; or want to acquire counselling skills as an adjunct 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 Diploma 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


[CHCDEV005] Analyse impacts of sociological factors on people in community work and services *

This unit focuses on developing students understanding of how the delivery of services impacts people from a range of backgrounds, and how to plan appropriately within the service.

[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

This unit gives the student the opportunity to reflect upon gender, culture, ethnicity, subculture, sexuality and ability and how they are each to be valued and respected within our community and a counselling context.

[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.

[CHCLEG003] Manage legal and ethical compliance *

This unit focuses on understanding, developing and monitoring legal, ethical and compliance issues within a service.

[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.

[CHCCCS004] Assess co-existing needs # *

In this unit, students will learn how to determine a range of suitable services to address diverse client needs, through client assessment and liaising with specialists.

[CHCCSM013] Facilitate and review case management *

This unit helps students to be able to determine an initial response to case management, as well as developing a plan and conducting case management meetings.

[HLTWHS003] Maintain work health and safety # *

Working under Workplace Health and Safety legislation, this unit outlines how to establish, maintain and evaluate Workplace Health and Safety policies and procedures.

[CHCYTH018] Work with young people in the youth work context *

Students will gain the skills and knowledge required by youth workers to empower young people to develop sustainable supports beyond intervention.

[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 outlines the requirements to communicate and work with people who are living with mental health issues.

[CHCYTH020] Support young people to take collective action # *

This unit helps students to be able to support groups of young people in taking action to meet their needs or responding to community issues.

[CHCYTH021] Support youth programs *

This unit outlines the requirements for creating, delivering and evaluating programs and services for groups and individuals within a service.

[CHCCCS007] Develop and implement service programs # *

This unit provides the relevant skills and knowledge to develop programs and services to meet the needs of clients.

[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.

[CHCYTH024] Manage service response to young people in crisis # *

Students will gain the skills and knowledge required to develop an agency approach to young people in crisis.

[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.

[CHCYTH017] Develop and implement procedures to enable young people to address their needs *

Students will obtain the relevant skills and knowledge to evaluate and engage continuous improvement practices to monitor appropriate and contemporary organisational approaches to young people with complex needs.

# These units require practical demonstration of skills.
* 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 monthly payment plans over 21 months.

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
Monthly Payments**

Diploma of Youth Work

x 21 months

*Total upfront course cost is $6,050, which includes tuition of $4,790, plus 9 practical sessions each of $140. The practical elements are paid for as they are undertaken. They can be completed either online (via Zoom/Skype/Online Workshop), by uploading a video demonstration, or by having a private assessor assess your skills.

**Monthly 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 Diploma of Youth Work ensures you graduate with sufficient practical skill so you can apply your knowledge with confidence.

Students can elect to complete the practical components through various 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.

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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