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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Online, Full-time, Part-time, Self-paced
12 months (full time)
You must be over the age of 21 to enrol in the Diploma of Youth Work and have:
Our Student Support Centres are located in:
Our Diploma of Youth Work is a journey of self discovery, providing deep insight into why you think and behave as you do.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[CHCDEV002] Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services *
This unit focuses on developing students understanding of how the delivery of services impacts clients from a range of backgrounds, and how to plan appropriately within the service.
[CHCYTH001] Engage respectfully with young people # *
In this unit learn how to engage and communicate with young people within roles specifically focused on youth-centered 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.
[CHCLEG003] Manage legal and ethical compliance *
[HLTWHS001] Participate in workplace health and safety *
This unit focuses on understanding, developing and monitoring legal, ethical and compliance issues within a service. Students will learn how to identify and participate in safe work practices both for self and others, within the work environment.
Work with young people to establish support networks *
[CHCYTH002] Work effectively with young people in a work context *
This unit provides students with the required skills and knowledge to empower young people, through developing action plans and evaluating their progress. Students will learn both contemporary and historical practices to assist in understanding the current contexts of youth work practices.
[CHCPRP001] Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships #
[CHCCSM005] Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management #
This unit focuses on developing networks, service delivery and improving your professional practice. Students will obtain the ability to develop and implement case management processes to allow for planning, monitoring and reviewing for effective service provision.
[CHCCOM003] Develop workplace communication strategies #
Students learn how to identify and develop communication practices within a service, to clients and with external support networks.
[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.
[CHCADV002] Provide advocacy and representation services #
[CHCYTH008] Support young people to take collective action *
This unit provides students with the knowledge and skills required to formally advocate for clients within the service. Students will learn how to engage with young people to assist them in participating in the decisions that affect their future directions.
[CHCDEV001] Confirm client developmental status *
Students learn how to review the developmental status of their clients using appropriate language, questions and documentation.
[CHCYTH009] Support youth programs *
[CHCCCS007] Develop and implement service programs #
This unit outlines the requirements for creating, delivering and evaluating programs and services for groups and individuals within a service.
[CHCPRT001] Identify and respond to children and young people at risk # *
[CHCYTH012] Manage service response to young people in crisis *
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. In this unit, students are provided with the appropriate skills and knowledge to develop relevant frameworks to respond to crisis situations with young people.
[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.
[CHCYTH005] 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.
Diploma of Youth Work
*Total upfront course cost is $5,510, which includes tuition of $4,390, plus 8 practical sessions each of $140. The practical elements are paid for as they are undertaken. They can be completed either on-campus (via six 1-day and one 2-day workshops), online (via Zoom/Skype), 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.
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.
Two-hour mini-lecture style:
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:
Applying is easy using our simple online application process.
If you're not satisfied we'll give you your money back.
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