Diploma of Youth Work

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    Open Colleges (RTO: 90796)

  • Qualification


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  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Up to 24 months

  • Start Date

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  • Course Fee

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Youth Worker | Case Manager | Community Development Youth Worker | Indigenous Youth Worker | View all

This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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  • In a Nutshell

    The CHC50421 Diploma of Youth Work from Open Colleges will equip you with the tools to empower disadvantaged and at risk youths, giving you the opportunity to make a genuine difference to young people in need. 

    Designed for people starting out in youth work or for those already in the industry seeking to formalise their skills with a qualification, this in-depth community services course teaches you how  to work with diverse groups of young people, identify young people at risk, and how to address legal and ethical issues. It will also offer basic training in counselling, and help you understand how to work with individuals struggling with mental health issues. The main focus of this course is to build your skills in case management and program and activity planning. 

    Practical component

    Students are required to undertake a work placement of 160 hours in order to demonstrate their competencies in the practical components of the course work.

    PLEASE NOTE - Open Colleges is a privately-run RTO, not government-run like a TAFE, so they cannot offer government funding. Please check eligibility requirements before beginning an enrolment with Open Colleges.

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    There are no mandated education entry requirements for this qualification.

    To be eligible to study this course, it is recommended that students the following prerequisites: 

    • Be over 18 years of age; AND
    • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensure the ability to read and comprehend technical terms and communicate effectively through email. These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully complete year 12; AND
    • Have access to a modern computer with high-speed internet; AND
    • Basic computing skills including the ability to make a short video.

    Physical requirements

    • Learners must have a basic level of physical fitness as the role may involve a variety of tasks that require a moderate amount of physical activity, such as providing direct assistance to clients with daily living, participating in social and recreational activities and managing a crisis.

    • HLTAID003/HLTAID011 Provide first aid requires learners to undertake Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) continuously for a minimum of 2 minutes while kneeling on the floor.


  • Subject Breakdown

    In this youth work course, the subjects you may study include: 

    • CHCCOM002 - Use communication to build relationships
    • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
    • CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    • CHCLEG003 - Manage legal and ethical compliance
    • HLTWHS003 - Maintain work health and safety
    • CHCMHS001 - Work with people with mental health issues
    • CHCPRP001 - Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
    • CHCDEV005 - Analyse impacts of sociological factors on people in community work and services
    • CHCYTH013 - Engage respectfully with young people
    • CHCYTH014 - Work effectively with young people in the youth work context
    • CHCCSL001 - Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
    • CHCCCS004 - Assess co-existing needs
    • CHCCCS007 - Develop and implement service programs
    • CHCYTH022 - Provide services for young people appropriate to their needs and circumstances
    • CHCYTH021 - Support youth programs
    • CHCGRP002 - Plan and conduct group activities
    • CHCCSM013 - Facilitate and review case management
    • CHCYTH024 - Manage service response to young people in crisis
    • CHCPRT025 - Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    • CHCDFV001 - Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
    • CHCMHS007 - Work effectively in trauma informed care
    • HLTAID011 - Provide First Aid
  • Why Open Colleges?

    RTO 90796
    Open Colleges has been helping Australians realise their potential for over 125 years, and they're now one of Australia's leaders in online education. In the last decade alone, they've helped over 450,000 students gain the skills to launch, change or take the next step in their careers.

    When you study with OC, you’ll graduate with a nationally recognised qualification that’ll help you find work across Australia. Their nationally recognised courses are designed by vocational experts, and you’ll learn job-ready skills from industry specialists.

    Online learning is all about flexibility, so they’ve designed their learning platform to be as flexible as possible. It’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can access it anytime you want. It’s designed to work around your lifestyle, not the other way around, so you can easily fit your study in with your other commitments.

    The common misconception is that studying online means that you’re studying alone, but at Open Colleges, they take great pride in the superior support provided to their students. They make it easy for you to get support when you need it with their student support team available Monday to Friday via email, phone and Live Chat and on the weekends, via Live Chat (when available). They’re here, in tandem with trainers and assessors, to make sure you’re supported the whole way through your course, from the time you enrol right through to your graduation.


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  • Where will this course take you?

    Upon successful completion of this course, you'll receive a CHC50421 Diploma of Youth Work from Open Colleges. 

    This accredited course will ensure you develop valuable community service skills so you can secure worthwhile employment in youth work. 

  • Career Outcomes

    Wondering where a career in youth work could take you? Potential job outcomes may include; Community Worker, Youth Worker, Community Development Youth Worker, Indigenous Youth Worker, Recreational Youth Activities Worker, Residential Support Worker, Youth and Family Services Officer.

  • Let's talk price

    Open Colleges offers a number of flexible payment models to suit your lifestyle and preferences.

    You can choose to pay up-front with a 10% course discount, pay 50% up-front and remainder through a payment plan, or you can pay in weekly or fortnightly instalments as you study. All Open Colleges payment plans are interest free.

    Enquire now for more payment options and course costs!

    PLEASE NOTE - Open Colleges is a privately-run RTO, not government-run like a TAFE, so they cannot offer government funding.

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