CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work

CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work

This course is designed for students who are keen to undertake work in agencies and/or work on programs for young people. Students learn about young people in society, their development and the issues confronting  many young people including family breakdown, homelessness, mental health and juvenile justice. This study includes different types of youth work including case work, community development and program development.

The course includes 210 hours of fully supervised work placement.

On successful completion of this course, students are eligible for direct entry into the following ACAP courses: 

  • Bachelor of Social Work with credit for 8 specified units

This course contains nine subjects with 21 units of competency, all needing successful completion, in order, to gain the qualification. The 21 units of competency have been clustered into nine subjects.

*Workshop locations subject to class numbers

ACAP’s student entry procedure can be found here.

Entry Criteria/Prerequisites

Meet one of the following requirements:

  • Completion of a Certificate IV or above (or equivalent; or
  • Completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education(or equivalent); or 
  • Completion of the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) at exit level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both literacy and numeracy.

All students will also need to apply for National Criminal Record Check and Working with Children Check prior to taking on placement.

VET Student Loan Student Entry Procedure
It is a Commonwealth legislated requirement that all students applying for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan must be assessed for academic suitability to undertake a high level 
VET qualification. This is a student protection measure introduced from 1 Jan 2016 and is in addition ACAP’s course entry criteria/prerequisites.

For details about how to apply, please review the VET Student Loan Student Entry Procedure.


ACAP's CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work is available on campus in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and via online delivery in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, which combines online study with compulsory on-campus workshops*.

Course Duration and Start Dates

1 year full-time (or part-time equivalent)

Students are required to attend classes two days per week (full time) or on a part time basis

Trimester 1: Monday 5 February 2018
Trimester 2: Monday 28 May 2018
Trimester 3: Monday 17 September 2018

What will I learn?

Areas of study include:

  • communicating with young people and in the workplace
  • ethical behaviour and legal issues when working with young people
  • young people and their development and their place in society
  • working with young people in crisis
  • case management work, community development and advocacy work
  • developing and delivering programs to young people
  • work experience in a youth based agency

Study Modes

On-campus study in Sydney
On campus study requires you to attend classes during the week on consecutive days (full-time) to complete the first three subjects. Placement will commence in Week 6 of Trimester 1. Classes will provide you the opportunity to discuss class content, practice your skills and learn from your peers.

Online delivery
With online delivery you can study in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne*. All classes have an online class space containing course materials, discussion forums and announcements, student profiles and assessment drop boxes and are accessible to the class group and the teacher.

You can choose to study each of your modules in different modes, subject to availability, to create a study mode that fits your lifestyle. You can select different modes of study for different modules in a given trimester and you can change the mode of study you select when you enrol each trimester.

Students will need to have access to a computer and the internet.


The maximum tuition fee is $14,787. This is based on the 2018 course fee for a standard full-time enrolment. The maximum course tuition fee quoted is applicable to all students who:
(a)  begin study in the next scheduled trimester; and
(b) maintain a course enrolment consistent with ACAP's Enrolment Rules and complete their studies within the advised maximum course duration of 3 years; and
(c) successfully complete each subject/unit of study on first attempt.
The advised maximum course fee will be exceeded where a student re-enrols in a subject. for any reason. Reasons for re-enrolment in a subject may include (but are not limited to):-
-  The student having been assessed as not yet competent in a subject requiring the unit to be reattempted; or
-  The student having not completed the subject for another reason and having not withdrawn from the subject by the census date.

Additional costs apply to the purchase of text books and course materials.

VET Student Loans (VSL) may be available to eligible students. 

It is a Commonwealth legislated requirement that all students wishing to apply for a VSL must be assessed by their provider for academic suitability to undertake a high level VET qualification. This is a student protection measure introduced from 1 Jan 2017.

If you have already met ACAP’s VET course entry criteria/prerequisites outlined above, you will not need to provide any further documentation to ACAP, as you have already demonstrated to ACAP that you have met the requirements of the VET Student Loan Student Entry Procedure.

For more information on course fees and VSL including eligibility criteria, visit our fees page.

For assistance from our course advisors, call 1800 061 199 or email


This course includes 210 hours of fully supervised work placement. All students will be provided with a Placement Mentor to assist them in their course and placement. All assessments and learning material are based on the workplace and workplace practices.

Course Structure

For more information, see our CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work course guide.

A Career in Youth Work

As a graduate of the Diploma of Youth Work, career opportunities will include broad generalist youth worker roles or related positions such as support workers, welfare workers and community and residential care workers. Positions may be found in the following jobs:

  • Youth Worker/Case Worker
  • Refuge Youth Worker
  • Juvenile Justice Officer
  • Vacation Care Worker
  • Mental Health Youth Worker
  • School Based Youth Worker
  • Disability Care Worker
  • Youth Leader

Did you know?

  • there is a high demand for child protection workers
  • there is a growing demand for workers in juvenile justice
  • there is a skills shortage in youth workers who work in mental health, disability and homelessness

(Source: Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council, (2014))