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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.