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: Social Care and Health (535T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/college-of-vocational-education
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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 develop 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.

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:

  • Coordinator 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
  • Youth and family services worker
  • Juvenile justice worker
  • Family support worker

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Articulation and pathways

Successful completion of this program guarantees entry into the Bachelor of Youth Work and Youth Studies with 72 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1 semester full time study).

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

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Entrance requirements

You must have:

  • A Certificate IV in Youth Work or equivalent, or
  • significant work or professional practice in youth work

*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.

Police checks must be current and have no disclosable outcomes.


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External accreditation and industry links

The program is a nationally recognised vocational qualification, which was endorsed by the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council.  The program has strong links with the Community Services sector through facilitation and course design, development delivery and assessment. Professionals from the sector are engaged with the program as teachers and guest presenters, and arrangements to support practical placement opportunities for you as a student are sought in conjunction with the sector.

The program has strong industry support from the youth work industry and all course content, delivery and assessment is informed by the Industry Advisory Committee which incudes senior managers from major youth work organisations.  RMIT University works closely with its industry partners to ensure that this program is consistent with industry needs.

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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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