About the course

About the course

If you want to make a difference to the lives of young people our youth work course will allow you to gain the skills and knowledge to facilitate programs for young people in a range of community-based settings.

In our youth work course you’ll learn from experienced trainers how to address the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people, and take part in extensive industry work placement.

We will be offering two streams under this qualification:

  • youth work
  • residential care

The qualification has 12 common units in stage 1 (first 6 months) then you will move into your chosen stream in stage 2 (based on sufficent numbers). Students will need to detemine which stream they intend to enter at enrolment.

You will build skills and knowledge in:

  • working effectively with, and providing services to, young people
  • responding to critical situations
  • child protection
  • mental health
  • drug and alcohol rehabilitation
  • legal and ethical compliance
  • diversity and communication

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

  • February (Lilydale campus) 
  • May 24 (Whitehorse Campus, Box Hill) 
  • October (Whitehorse Campus, Box Hill 1st preference and Lilydale campus will be 2nd preference) 

Note: This course requires you to complete 2 days orientation prior to the start of the course.  

Full time: 1 year 

This course is via blended delivery (face to face and remote learning) and has self directed (self paced) training elements to it. 

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of our youth work course you can to apply for a range of employment opportunities including roles as a:

  • community development worker (youth)
  • youth & family resource officer
  • indigenous youth worker
  • recreational youth activities worker
  • youth case worker
  • residential care worker
  • youth housing support worker
  • youth worker
  • residential care worker
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Entry Requirements

You must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • have a current Working with Children Check (required prior to commencement for work placement and future employment)
  • have a National Police Check (required prior to commencement for work placement and future employment)
  • have a NDIS Worker Screening Check (required where placements are done with Disability Providers and services)
  • evidence of current immunisation status / vaccinations for Category A Health Care Worker
  • hold a certificate in First Aid (HLTAID003) optional
  • attend a Pre Training Review (PTR) interview with Teaching area
  • achieve the required scores in a supervised Core Skills Diagnostic test

It is strongly advised that students attend a BHI Information session before starting the enrolment process.

In order to book your pre training review interview, you must have completed the following steps:

  1. completed and submitted your entire application
  2. completed your Core Skills Diagnostic Profile and met minimum requirements in literacy, numeracy, and writing

You are required to have access to a computer with a microphone and working camera to undertake this course.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


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Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Successful completion will enable you to apply for the Diploma of Youth Work or Diploma of Community Services

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Free-TAFE or Job TrainerGovernment Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$794$3,970$12,623
Service Fee$166$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83$83
Material Fee$216$216$216$216
Retain Course Items$0$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$465$1,259$4,435$13,088
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$465$1,259$4,435$13,088

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

Completion of 18 units (14 core and 4 elective).

To be assessed as competent in this qualification you are required to undertake a minimum 150 hours supervised work placement in a relevant youth setting, involving, for example, residential youth services, youth education and recreational programs.

Support provided by a workplace supervisor will contribute to assessment of your ability to work at this level.

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