CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work

Passionate about improving the well-being of young people and supporting them to reach their full potential? If so then the CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to help young people in need.

Make a difference in the lives of young people. Enrol today into the CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work and discover your potential!

This qualification will provide you with the skills to develop and facilitate programs for young people through a range of community-based programs designed to address the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people.

This work may be undertaken through employment in community, government and youth sector agencies. You may be responsible for implementing policies and guidelines for the employing organisation, or largely self-directed with fairly autonomous decision-making capacity under the indirect supervision of a manager.

You will learn to

  • Plan and conduct group activities
  • Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
  • Engage respectfully with young people
  • Work within a community development framework
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

Career Opportunities

  • Community development youth worker
  • Indigenous youth worker
  • Recreational youth activities worker
  • Residential support worker
  • Youth and family services officer
  • Youth caseworker
  • Youth housing support worker
  • Youth worker

Qualification Pathways

Upon completion of the CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work, students may wish to continue their studies with Australis College in a similar or complementary qualification depending on their choice of career. These may include:


You have access to the course for 18 months but you can complete faster than this if you wish.

Delivery & Support

The course is delivered via Blended learning, combining online study with practical ‘work experience’ placement.

Content is delivered primarily online and includes live chat sessions and ‘virtual’ classrooms which provide you with direct access to industry experts. Attendance at the live sessions is optional but strongly recommended.

During the course, you need to locate and undertake 40 hours of ‘work experience’ placement with a suitable youth services organisation.


There are 18 subjects in the CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work.


There are no exams when completing the CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work however you will be required to complete 40 hours of placement in a youth setting.

You test your learning by completing quiz questions, open-book self-paced assessment activities throughout each subject and in some cases either work placement activities and / or role-plays. All subjects include a free re-submission if you are not successful on your first attempt.

If you already have the skills and knowledge required to attain any (or all) of these subjects, you might like to enrol as ‘Assessment Only’. This Recognition of Prior Learning means you don’t have to study those subjects again, instead just doing the assessments for a reduced course price. For more details please speak with the Course Consultants.

Entry Requirements

There are no general entry requirements to enrol in the CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work.

You will need access to an internet-connected computer for the duration of the course.

To work in Community Services you will typically require a police check, and possibly a Working with Children or Blue Card. While not required to enrol in the course, these may be required for placement (depending on where you locate your placement) and eventual employment so we recommend you confirm your status prior to enrolment if you have any concerns.

Practical Placement

To be assessed as competent in the CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work you must complete 40 hours of relevant supervised work placement in an appropriate youth environment. It is your responsibility to source your placement, however, the College will assist where possible.

Depending on where you undertake your placement you may also need to undergo a police check including working with children checks.


Option 1: Payment Plan

Interest-free payment plans from as little as $50 per week. Discounts apply for upfront payments and/or group enrolments. For more details, click here.

Option 2: Study Loan

Study Loans (a private lender), will progressively loan you the tuition fee. The loan, plus interest, is repaid over a maximum 4-year term, from as little as $30 per week. For more details, click here.

Or for something completely different…Subscription

Australis is the only place you can access Subscription, the lowest risk and most flexible way there is to get qualified or stay current. For more details, click here.

Reasons to study the CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work with Australis College include:

Course Content

We wrote the CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work ourselves, authored by practitioners who are not just qualified trainers but who have worked in various youth work and community services roles for many years.

Always check out the course content (and learning platform) BEFORE you enrol. Is it current, contextualised and engaging, or generic off the shelf content? Content quality will make or break your learning experience.

Trainer Experience

Our trainers work in the industry. They do what you want to do, and they will show you how it really works. (Check out the trainers and assessors of other providers, make sure they are not just academics or former students but have actually worked in the industry and been everything from Youth Officers through to Community Development Youth Workers).

Having a great trainer is critical to graduating with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

Placement Hours

We love placement – it is the best way to get real-world experience, improve your skills and increase your employability. For this reason, we recommend new entrants do as much placement as possible…but only up until they are ready to start paid employment.

There is a minimum of 40 hours of placement in a suitable youth environment for the CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work, and you only need sufficient hours to complete the workplace-based assessments and any potential role-plays. This differs from some providers who require 200+ hours, which is not a bad thing…unless you already have the knowledge and could instead be out there working as a paid professional.

But wait….there’s more!

Your time and your career are too important to risk with the wrong training provider. For more details on choosing a training provider, please also take a look at Why Australis?