Certificate IV in Youth Work/Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course code CHC40413
Start date(s) February
Course length Full time: 1 year
Part time: Variable
Campus Moorabbin
Study mode Full time
International course No
  • Course Overview

    This dual course teaches you the interventions and practical skills you need in the areas of youth work, and alcohol and other drugs. You will develop an understanding of issues affecting disadvantaged and diverse young people, and learn skills to work with young people and their families.

    In your second semester, you will get a valuable opportunity to develop and participate in running groups with young people, which will give you the opportunity to utilise the skills you learnt to build rapport with young people.

  • Course Structure

    This is a dual qualification of CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work and CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs.

    To receive this qualification you must complete 22 core units and 1 elective unit. Units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and staff qualifications. If you have already completed other eligible units, these may be counted towards completion of this program.


    Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, quizzes, in class activities and practical application projects.


    CHCCDE003Work within a community development framework
    HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety
    CHCMHS001Work with people with mental health issues
    CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
    CHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    CHCYTH010Provide services for young people appropriate to their needs and circumstances
    CHCYTH002Work Effectively with young people in a youth work context
    CHCYTH003Support young people to create opportunities in their lives
    CHCGROUP403DPlan and conduct group activities
    CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically
    CHCYTH004Respond to critical situations
    CHCPRP001Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
    CHCAOD001Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
    CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions
    HLTAID003Provide first aid
    CHCAOD004Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
    CHCCCS004Assess co-existing needs
    CHCAOD006Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drug issues
    CHCAOD009Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
    CHCYTH001Engage respectfully with young people
    CHCGRP002Plan and conduct group activities


    CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • Requirements

    Recognition of prior learning

    You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen.

    Please see Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer for more information.


    • VCE or equivalent, or mature age (at least 18 years of age and away from formal study for at least one year)
    Please note that in order to participate in our practical project in the second semester, you will be required to obtain a valid Working with Children Check.

    Selection Process

    • Online course questionnaire
    • Interview process
    • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test - this test is to assess the level of support that may be required for successful completion of this qualification and is not used to determine eligibility for enrolment.
  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    After successfully completing this course, you will be eligible to receive the nationally accredited CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work and CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs.


    Once you have completed this course, you can continue your studies with a CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work.

    Career Opportunities

    • Community development worker (youth)
    • Indigenous youth worker
    • Recreational youth activities worker
    • Residential care worker
    • Support worker
    • Youth case worker
  • Dates


    This course is generally delivered three days per week, with the morning sessions running from 9 am - 12 pm and afternoon sessions running from 1 pm - 4 pm.

  • How to Apply


    Apply online now

    The application process takes approximately 5 minutes and at this stage, you do not need to provide any documentation.

    To apply offline, contact the department directly using the details below. Your application will be reviewed by the faculty and you will be contacted within 2 working days. For further information on the full application process, including how to accept your offer, complete enrolment and make payment, visit How to Apply.

    Further Advice

    If you have further questions about your application please contact the department:

    Social Science Department
    03 9209 5854


    Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf the of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

    Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.

  • Fees

    $2390 Holmesglen TAFE
    Holmesglen TAFE CHC40413

    Program Fees

    Gov. Subsidised$2390
    Full Fee$7700

    Holmesglen tuition fees shown are all inclusive and indicative of the cost to complete the entire program.

    These are indicative fees only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

    Which fee applies to me?

    Due to the different level of government subsidy available to you, there are three possible fee levels for program fees – government subsidised, full fee and concession.

    Your eligibility for concession or subsidised program fees is determined by your individual circumstances such as how old you are, what level of education you have and what type of program you want to study. Concession fees are not available for qualifications at diploma level or above.

    The Holmesglen Information staff can help you determine your eligibility and discuss options if you are ineligible.

    How do I pay my fees?

    VET Fee HELP / VET Student Loans is an Australian Government loan scheme that helps eligible students pay all or part of their tuition fees for diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate and graduate diploma programs.

    Holmesglen also offers a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for.

    To be eligible for a VET Fee HELP /  VET Student Loans you will need to meet the VET Student Loans entry requirements.

    Information Offices are situated at all campuses. Discuss your payment options with Holmesglen Information staff.