Diploma of Youth Work

Do you want to positively influence the next generation?

Working with young people is a challenging, yet very rewarding, field of work. Supporting young people with their social, behavioural, welfare, developmental and protection needs is such an important role in today's society.

The Diploma of Youth Work will teach you how to develop and implement programs which contribute to youth welfare and wellbeing, identify and respond to risk factors, and link in with services to ensure your client's needs are met.

During the Diploma of Youth Work, you will spend time working with youth in a community services setting. The work placement allows you to explore and apply the knowledge and skills you have learned.

Our program is practical and relevant. Your knowledge and experience will be developed by experienced professionals.


The Diploma of Youth Work enables you to work with young people across a range of services. As a Youth Worker, you will establish programs for young people, proactively respond to the needs of your client, and work with young people in both individual and group settings.


Learn internally, online or any blend. Our programs are designed to fit around your needs. Study your theoretical units online (anywhere) or come into our campuses in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Port Macquarie, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.


Reduced Upfront  or Monthly Payment Plan.

Reduced Upfront Monthly Payment Plan
$6,000 $395 x 18 months


Our Diploma of Youth Work (CHC50413) is structured around 6 Units of Study each with a duration of 12 weeks.


18 months. If your circumstances permit, you may choose to study more than one Unit of Study at a time to complete the course earlier.

Course Outline (code: CHC50413)

Unit of Study Unit of Competencies included in the Unit of Study
YW1A CHCDEV002* Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
CHCCOM003# Develop workplace communication strategies
YW2A CHCYTH001#* Engage respectfully with young people
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002# Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCLEG003* Manage legal and ethical compliance
HLTWHS001* Participate in work health and safety
YW3A CHCYTH006* Work with young people to establish support networks
CHCYTH002* Work effectively with young people in a work context
CHCPRP001# Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
CHCCSM005# Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCGROUP403D# Plan and conduct group activities
YW4A CHCADV002# Provide advocacy and representation services
CHCYTH008* Support young people to take collective action
CHCDEV001* Confirm client developmental status
CHCYTH009* Support youth programs
CHCCCS007# Develop and implement service programs
YW5A CHCPRT001#* Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCYTH012* Manage service response to young people in crisis
CHCMHS001# Work with people with mental health issues
CHCYTH005* Develop and implement procedures to enable young people to address their needs
YW6A Work Placement (240 hours)

Units marked with a # require the practical demonstration of skills in a simulated work environment. A variety of options are available to complete practical assessments including through private one-on-one or small group assessment (in person or via Skype) or submitting a video recording. Where more than one practical is included for a Unit of Study, the practicals will be grouped into one assessment session where possible.

Units marked with an * require completion of a work placement in the final Unit of Study. Guidelines and assistance are provided to students to arrange their placement and students are expected to take an active role in identifying suitable workplaces for their placement and liaising with the workplace to arrange the placement. The work placement involves an average of 12 hours per week in the workplace with some time spent at home completing activities that contribute to assessment.

Some organisations may require students to satisfy state-specific Criminal History and/or Working With Children Checks (or similar) prior to undertaking the work placement. These checks are undertaken at the student's own cost.

Progress through your course is achieved by completing the assessment book for each unit of competency, the practical demonstrations, and the work placement.


To gain entry into this course, you need to have:

  • If under 21-years of age: completed Year 12, or have a minimum qualification level of Certificate III; or
  • If over 21-years of age: either meet the aforementioned requirements or be able to demonstrate sufficient life experience (work or study).


Estrada College is committed to providing transparent and fair policies for students. Details of relevant fees, dates and policies for this course are available here.

The minimum age requirement to study the Diploma of Youth Work is 21 years.

Important Notes:

  1. All Nationally Recognised Training Programs are subject to regular industry review and modification from time to time. The information included in this Course Outline is indicative of the final curriculum but may not necessarily contain all units necessary for completion of the qualification. In the event of any changes or expansions to the course, you will have the opportunity to complete your current course, or to transition to the new course. Please refer to the Teachout of Courses policy in the Student Handbook.
  2. Please contact your Student Support Centre if you have any questions about the requirements to complete your course.
  3. You need to adhere to the due dates shown for each unit to ensure you complete your course within the appropriate timeframe. If you are having difficulty meeting the timeframes, please contact your Student Support Centre to discuss your options.
  4. A summary of the Employability Skills developed through this qualification can be downloaded from www.training.gov.au.
  5. An Assessment Book is completed for each topic, 8 practicals and a work placement are completed as part of this course. Where more than one practical is included in a Unit of Study, the practicals will be grouped into one assessment session where possible.
  6. Progress through your course is achieved by completing each unit’s assessment book, 8 progressive practicals (by seminar, video or private assessment), and a work placement. Please contact your Student Support Centre if you have any questions about the requirements to complete your course.


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