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You’re only young once

Young people face a multitude of challenges as they prepare to become the adults of tomorrow. If you have a passion for the healthy development of the next generation our Certificate IV in Youth Work will start you on the right track to a fulfilling career. In this course you’ll learn how to address the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people and examine issues of drugs and alcohol use, homelessness, child protection and mental health. Course details

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Gold Coast - Southport

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Blended: 1 year

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  • Full Fee $4,020
  • Subsidised $400 - $989
  • Concession $339

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Sylvia Planing

Choose from a range of rewarding career paths

Before commencing my Diploma of Community Services, I had reservations as to what specific career path I should take within the industry. However with the guidance and experience of my teachers by my side, I became better equipped to make a confident and informed career choice; one that provides me with options should I choose to focus on a different path.

Sylvia Planing
Diploma of Community Services

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A thank you to all our amazing students. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with TAFE Queensland Gold Coast.

Key dates

Gold Coast - Southport 3 Jul 2017 Blended

Entry requirements

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast enrolment requirements:

  • 18 years of age
  • sound literacy and numeracy skills (with the ability to write essays and reports)
  • IT skills are required for online learning (with the ability to use the Microsoft Office suite e.g. Word, PowerPoint)
  • prepared to participate in a minimum of 120 hours of vocational placement (60 hours per semester) and hold the necessary mandatory documentation (see Placement below)
  • To access Higher Level Skills funding for this course the prospective student must meet all subsidy eligibility.
  • To access Second Chance funding for this course the prospective student must meet all the subsidy eligibility.
  • After enrolment, all applicants must complete a short quiz on Literacy and Numeracy levels using the Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) prior to orientation dates or prior to the first day of class.

If you are under 18 years of age or do not meet the above mentioned recommendations and requirements, then special enrolment conditions apply. These conditions include an interview with the Coordinator of Community Services.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): For RPL enquiries please contact the RPL Team at


Gold Coast - Southport
91-99 Scarborough Street
Southport QLD 4215

Resources required

It is recommended that students purchase a USB storage device to bring to class. Students will be required to access online content as part of this course.

Technical Specifications
Prospective students must have the following computer technical specifications before they can access the course materials and participate in the learning program:

  • Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Windows PC or Apple Mac - please note: portable devices (smartphones, iPads, tablets, slates) do not necessarily support all the features of Connect, our Learning Management System, and may not work properly for submitting assessments
  • Computer running a minimum of Windows 7 or Apple Macintosh OSX 10.8
  • Connect has been designed to function on these minimum browser versions: Google Chrome (latest) (highly recommended for students), Firefox (latest), Safari (latest), Internet Explorer 10 - older versions of browsers may not correctly display information
  • ADSL or Cable Broadband is highly recommended
  • Audio playback enabled on your computer (many activities use audio interaction)
  • Students may require a headset with the capacity to listen and talk back (USB connection headsets are known to give superior sound quality)


This program is offered by blended delivery for 12 months at Southport.

Blended delivery includes:

  • Weekly online sessions for each unit.
  • Weekly face-to-face workshop to actively demonstrate your progression of skills and knowledge on Mondays 3.00pm-5.00pm at Southport (subject to change).
  • Intensive Skills weeks (mandatory attendance) will be held on Monday 24, Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 July 2017 and Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 February 2018 from 8.30am-5.00pm at Southport.
  • Practical Skills weeks (mandatory attendance) will be held from Tuesday 24 October to Friday 27 October 2017 and Tuesday 22 May to Friday 25 May 2018 from 8.30am-5.00pm at Southport for assessments and group work. Your teachers will discuss this in more detail in your orientation week.
  • First Aid will be held on Tuesday 19 September 2017 from 8:00am-5.00pm at Southport.

Please note that the workshop frequency, day and time may be adjusted throughout the program depending on student attendance and student numbers. It is strongly advisable to attend the weekly workshop to practice skills and gain understanding of your assessment requirements.

Your total weekly hours for study will be approximately 20 hours per week plus any vocational placement requirement.


Vocational Placement:
The vocational placement requirement for this program is 120 hours, which may be completed in consecutive weeks during semester breaks or students may have the option to complete their placement in shorter amounts of weekly hours over the two semesters.

It is advisable for students to provide a current resume and references to assist with placement.

In accordance with industry expectation and availability of places, students must be available to:

  • attend full-time placement (students must be flexible to accommodate the placement provider regarding the structure of hours)
  • travel up to 45 minutes to attend vocational placement
  • participate in a variety of shifts including morning, afternoon, evening, night and weekends (*morning shifts may start as early as 6.00am and evening shifts may finish as late as 11.00pm).

Students are responsible for:

  • organising their own transport to and from the facilities
  • organising leave with their employer (if applicable) planning financially for their unpaid vocational placement period

TAFE sources and coordinates vocational placement on the students’ behalf. TAFE's Vocational Placement Team will work in collaboration with students and facilities to coordinate vocational placement activity, and students will be provided with due notice for shift work.

With prior TAFE approval, vocational placement may be arranged in a student’s current workplace. Students will need to speak with the Vocational Placement Team immediately after enrolment to confirm these details.

Condition of Enrolment – privacy
Vocational Placement

Student details are provided to Health Care and Community Service organisations for the purposes of vocational placement. Vocational placement is a core element of this program and therefore it is a condition of enrolment that you consent to the release of your information accordingly.

TAFE strongly recommends that students enrolling in any Health or Community Services program consider their eligibility to obtain the following documentation prior to enrolment.

Mandatory Documentation
Please note: The Health Industry dictates that TAFE Queensland Gold Coast must ensure that all students going on placement in health care facilities hold the following documentation. Students are not eligible to attend mandatory vocational placement assessment without these documents.  Not attending vocational placement assessment will delay course progression.

Students must provide TAFE Queensland Gold Coast a certified copy* of each of these documents as soon as possible.  *Certified copy - photocopy certified by a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner of Declarations.

  1. Blue Card (Working with Children Check Queensland) - phone 1800 113 611 or
  2. Australian Federal Police Check (AFP) - Potential students are advised to contact the Vocational Placement Coordinator should they have any notification or criminal history as this may impact on their acceptance by facilities for placement assessment and therefore affect course outcomes. Students must be able to provide an original Australian Federal Police check on request of a facility at any time. Please refer to the Australian Federal Police website to download the application form at  Approximate cost $45.00 (N.B: The certificate MUST be issued by the Australian Federal Police.  All other types of police checks will not be accepted.)

IMPORTANT: Any costs associated with these documents are in addition to course costs and will be borne by the student.

Important Information

Please be aware that this program is comprised of units that include topics covering mental health, child protection, and alcohol and other drugs therefore some students may be challenged by the sensitive nature of this information.


To be awarded this qualification competency must be achieved in 18 units, 14 core and 4 electives.

CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities Core
CHCYTH001 Engage respectfully with young people Core
CHCYTH002 Work effectively with young people in the youth work context Core
CHCYTH003 Support young people to create opportunities in their lives Core
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
HLTAID003 Provide first aid Elective
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence Elective
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
CHCYTH004 Respond to critical situations Core
CHCYTH010 Provide services for young people appropriate to their needs and circumstances Core
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context Elective
CHCCDE003 Work within a community development framework Core
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues Core
CHCSOH001 Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses

What are my payment options?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 07 5581 8300. We're here to help.



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If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability.

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No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, or just want someone to talk it over with, call us on 07 5581 8300. We're here to help.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


Occupational titles may include:

  • Community development worker (youth)
  • Indigenous youth worker
  • Recreational youth activities worker
  • Residential care worker
  • Support worker residential
  • Youth alcohol and other drugs worker
  • Youth and family resource officer
  • Youth and family service worker
  • Youth case worker
  • Youth housing support worker
  • Youth worker

On successful completion of this course students may consider further study at a higher tertiary level within the vocational education and training sector.

Job prospects

  • Youth Worker
  • Residential Care Officer
  • Community Services Worker
  • Indigenous Support Worker

Sylvia Planing

Choose from a range of rewarding career paths

Before commencing my Diploma of Community Services, I had reservations as to what specific career path I should take within the industry. However with the guidance and experience of my teachers by my side, I became better equipped to make a confident and informed career choice; one that provides me with options should I choose to focus on a different path.

Sylvia Planing
Diploma of Community Services

Enrol now

You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland

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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

More about RPL

More info:


9.00am-4.00pm on Tuesday 27 June and Thursday 29 June 2017 at Southport, Level 3, Room 311


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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 28 April 2017

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