Diploma of Youth Work

Course Reference


Maximum 24 months

Delivery Method

Individual needs approach to learning
Practical placement

Enrolment Method
Open enrolment

Prospective Career Roles

Case manager
Senior case worker
Senior youth worker
Coordinator youth services
Youth work team leader
Program manager

Assessment Methods

Short answer questions
Case studies
Workplace portfolio
Research reports
Practical placement
Practical logbook


Youth workers aim to promote the personal and social development of young people, so as to give them a voice in their communities.

Youth work is the practice of providing formal and informal support, education and assistance to young people from adolescences to young adulthood. Youth workers work with and support young people, either individually or in groups, to deal with social, emotional or financial problems.

There are approximately 1.5 million young people aged between 15 and 24, representing 14% of the Australian population.

Youth workers, depending on their level of training and experience, can undertake a variety of roles including advising young clients on emotional, financial, recreational, health, housing and other social welfare matters. They can also evaluate and coordinate the services of welfare and community service agencies.

They are usually responsible for advocacy, needs assessment and planning, community capacity building and facilitating effective youth services delivery. Working in partnerships with agencies, service providers, communities and young people, they develop effective strategies and programs for youth.

Course Information

Delivery Method

The Diploma of Youth Work is delivered through a blended delivery method.

Students are provided with learner resources and assessment handbooks for each unit of competency.  The assessment handbooks provide students with instructions on submitting assessments.

Practical Placement

Health Industry Training recognises that an important part of undertaking a qualification in health or community services is the practical component of the course. Work placement provides students with an avenue to apply practical skills in a ‘real life’ environment, where you are able to practice the skills and knowledge you have learnt during the course.

It is compulsory for students to undertake practical placement for the Diploma of Youth Work.

Duration: Approximately 300 hours, based on skills to be demonstrated in the workplace.

Securing Practical Placement

As a student, it is important for you to discuss work placement opportunities with local organisations. Once you have sourced a relevant host employer, Health Industry Training will contact them on your behalf to discuss work placement requirements.


Health Industry Training provides insurance to all students undertaking work placement as part of their qualification.


As a student, you must ensure you have completed the necessary ‘Prior to practical work placement’ activities listed below before practical work placement can commence.

  • National Criminal History Clearance

Assessment Methods

Health Industry Training uses a range of assessment methods to ensure sufficient evidence can be gathered to demonstrate students can perform the tasks against the specified criteria. Assessment methods can include:

  • Short answer questions
  • Projects/ Reports
  • Case studies
  • Scenarios
  • Workplace portfolios
  • Work placement logbook

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL considers previous formal study and work experiences and then assesses this against the elements of competency to determine competency.  Students seeking recognition can apply for RPL on enrolment or throughout the duration of their study.

Credit Transfer

If you have completed a unit of competency within your intended qualification with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO), you may be able to apply for a credit transfer or exemption. A copy of the original transcript must be provided when applying for a credit transfer.

Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

To enrol in the Diploma of Youth Work, it is anticipated that you will have completed year 10 or equivalent.

In addition, students are required to provide Health Industry Training with their Unique Student Identifier number.

Minimum Age Requirements

The minimum age for this course is 16 years old.  If you are under 18 years of age your enrolment form must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements

Students must have an adequate level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills (LLN).  Entry into the course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level or equivalent. Students are able to test their LLN skills by emailing info@www.healthindustrytraining.org and completing an LLN test.



To assist students who are not eligible for funding, Health Industry Training offers financial assistance to by allowing students to either:

  • pay the cost of the course in full; or
  • take advantage of our affordable payment plan options to pay in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments (see enrolment form for additional information).

Student Support

Throughout your course with Health Industry Training, you will be provided with a range of support services depending on your individual needs.

One-on-one Trainer Support

You will be provided with a trainer with extensive experience and expertise in the course content and the industry sector. Our professional trainers are there to ensure you have a successful learning journey where you can contact them via phone or email.

In addition to your trainer, the administration team can provide you with support regarding your enrolment and study plan, changes to contact details, progress report and any issues you may encounter throughout your course.

Peer Support

Health Industry Training appreciates that distance/online learning can be an isolated experience for some students. To assist with isolation, all students have the option to be part of a Facebook peer support group. Peer support groups can be a positive experience where you can study with like-minded people, ask questions relating to your course and build friendships.

Course Structure

21 units are required for award of this qualification including:

  • 17 core units
  • 4 elective units

To view the course outline, including the recommended order in which to complete your units, click on the ‘Download Course Outline’ button on the left hand side of this page.

Course Locations

Youth Work Courses Melbourne

Health Industry Training offers Youth Work Courses throughout Melbourne, Australia. Contact us for more information.

Youth Work Courses Sydney

Health Industry Training offers Youth Work Courses throughout Sydney, Australia. Contact us for more information.

Youth Work Courses Perth

Health Industry Training offers Youth Work Courses throughout Perth, Australia. Contact us for more information.

Youth Work Courses Adelaide

Health Industry Training offers Youth Work Courses throughout Adelaide, Australia. Contact us for more information