C5331 - Diploma of Youth Work

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Plan: C5331 - Diploma of Youth Work
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Diploma of Youth Work
Qualification national code: CHC50413
Nominal hours: 1535
Career: TAFE
Duration: One year
Location: City
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

This program is designed  for existing workers in the youth work industry and people who who want to further their qualifications in youth work.  The program will prepare you for employment in roles where you developm and facilitate youth work programs, and coordination roles in the youth industry.  You will gain the skills and knowledge to develop, facilitate, evaluate and coordinate  community based recreational and cultural youth programs, and to deliver community services that provide individual support to young people experiencing social and behavioural issues.

The program will give you an overview of youth programs and services that meet the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people.  Youth programs are located in community, government and welfare agencies that provide services and community based programs to young people.  

The program will qualify you for employment in settings including youth centres, drop-in centres, recreational facilities, housing and residential services, outreach locations including streets, parks and homes, schools and online youth work.

Youth workers are employed in organisations such as non-government, not-for profit, Local government and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Job roles include:

  • Coordination of youth services and programs
  • Case worker or manager
  • Youth worker
  • School based youth worker
  • Youth pastoral care worker
  • Senior youth officer / chaplain
  • Youth outreach worker
  • Community development worker
  • Indigenous youth worker
  • Residential care worker
  • Alcohol and other drugs worker
  • Youth and family services worker
  • Youth mental health worker
  • Juvenile justice worker
  • Family support worker
  • Group facilitator / coordinator







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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you, upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification, to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification.

The Diploma to degree pathway enables RMIT graduates of the Diploma of Youth Work, who achieve a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher, a guaranteed offer and advanced standing into one of the School’s bachelor degrees:

To be eligible for the diploma to degree pathway promise, your VE program must have included graded assessments, which are used to assess your application. 

Learn more about articulation into Bachelor degrees in the RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, via this link.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with the admissions officer of your program of choice.

Learn more about pathways and eligibility for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning into this program.

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements
A Certificate IV in Youth Work, Certificate Iv in Community Services, Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs or equivalent.

Applicants with significant work or professional practice in the field may also be considered.


Police checks and Working with Children checks
There will be a requirement of students to have successfully gained a Police check and Working with Children check prior to attending your Work Integrated Learning placement.



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External accreditation and industry links

This nationally recognised Vocational Education (VE) qualification has been developed by the Community Services and Health industry.

RMIT works closely with its industry partners to ensure that this program meets industry needs.  The program has strong links with the Youth Work and Community Services sector through the Program Advisory Committee which collabarates with course design, development, delivery and assessment.  Professionals from the sector are engaged as teachers and guest presenters in the program.  Arrangements for Work Placement opportunities for students are supported within with the sector and by RMIT Work Placement teachers.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form
  • of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students


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