Diploma of Youth Work

Helping tomorrow’s generation today

Do you have an interest in helping young people, seeing them grow and develop into well-rounded adults? If you are after a satisfying career where you nurture and guide others, youth work may be a good career option.  This Diploma of Youth Work will develop your skills to build strong relationships, mentor young adults who may require support and facilitate group activities for youth.

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What you will learn

This qualification ensures you have the necessary skills and knowledge to assist and support young people. The course will cover aspects of mentoring and how to organise youth programs, activities, and events.

Assessments are by way of written assignments and have a practical component. You will receive dedicated trainer team support throughout your studies and no formal entry requirements are needed for this qualification. To achieve this qualification we will ensure you are assigned 160 hours of work placement experience.

How you will study

Learning is online, but you will be expected to attend mandatory mobile workshops within your state. You will be expected to attend three of these mobile workshops to complete your course.  TrainSmart Australia will give you advance notice so you can make necessary arrangements to ensure you are able to participate in these workshops. We can help you to find a hotel if you are coming from a distance. The workshops will be one or two days long and will enrich your study experience.

What are your career options with a Diploma of Youth Work?

Youth Workers operate in diverse roles and are always in demand. Careers include family support worker, youth residential care worker, juvenile justice officer, school chaplaincy, services coordinator or youth liaison officer.

Student entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. TrainSmart Australia will assess a students’ ‘academic suitability’ to ensure the student has the best chance of success. This is determined by either:-

  • The student providing TrainSmart Australia with a copy of an Australian year 12 Certificate; or,
  • The student providing TrainSmart Australia with a copy of a Certificate IV qualification (or above) or,
  • The student completing the Core Skills Profile for Adults online assessment passing at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy.

Cost of this course

The current course cost for this community services course online is $11,400.

Your fee payment options are:-

  • Self-funded payment plan – pay your course fee by credit card, cheque, eft, or cash.
  • VET Student Loan – Australian Government income contingent loan which allows you to study now and pay later.

VET Student Loan is available

VET Student Loan is an Australian Government loan program available to Australian citizens. For this Diploma in Youth Work, you can borrow a $10,000 VET Student Loan which you will pay back once you are earning above a certain threshold.

The extra payment can be made with $200 up front and $100 every month for 12 months. Alternatively, you can fully fund the extra $1,400 in one payment.  You will study 18 units as listed below.

Unit of study


  • BSBRES401
    should read Analyse and present research information
    should read Work with people with mental health issues
    Participate in work health and safety
    Develop workplace communication strategies
    Work with diverse people
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural safety
    Manage legal and ethical compliance
    Work within organisation and government structures to enable community development outcomes
    Analyse and resent research information


  • CHCYTH002
    Work effectively with young people in youth work context
    Develop and implement service programs
    Plan and conduct group activities
    Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    Engage respectively with young people
    Support young people to take collective action
    Support youth programs


  • CHCPRP001
    Develop and maintain networks and collaborate partnerships
    Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
    Provide services for young people appropriate to their needs and circumstances
    Manage service response to young people in crisis
    Assess co-existing needs
    Work with people in mental health issues
    Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services

There is a growing demand for Youth Workers, if you want to make a difference to a young person’s life and reap the rewards of helping someone achieve their goals in life, then this course is ideal.

Complimentary services

Membership of the TrainSmart Australia student portal in which you will receive updates on class status, new facilities, promotions and social media updates.

For more information about the many benefits of learning with us at TrainSmart Australia, about VET Student Loans or about our complimentary career guidance service, simply submit your details online or call now on 1300 855 517.


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