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

Course code CHC50413
Start date(s) February/July
Course length Full time: 1.5 years
Campus Moorabbin
Study mode Full time
International course No
  • Course Overview

    This course applies to you if you wish to learn theories,models, interventions and practical skills within the area of youth work and alcohol and other drugs. It is a dual qualification so that after successfulcompletion, you will leave with a CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work and a CHC43215 Certificate IV inAlcohol and Other Drugs.

    In this course, you will develop an understanding ofissues affecting disadvantaged and diverse young people, and gain the skills you'll need to work with young people and their families. You'll also learn casemanagement models that will assist in working collaboratively with othercommunity and health agencies to meet client needs.

    This course aims to give you practical and real world experience working with young people. In second semester, you will complete a project that will take you out of the classroom and provide you with an opportunity to work with young people, enabling you to develop and participate in running group sessions to help engage and build rapport with them. These are crucial skills for youth workers.

    In your final semester, you will complete a 160 hour placement. We have a dedicated placement team who will find a placement for you. The team will have a one on one interview with you to discover your key areas of interest and to make sure that the placement selected helps you get the most out of the experience.

  • Course Structure

    To receive this qualification you must complete 27 core units and 4 elective units. Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and staff qualifications. If you have already completed other eligible elective units, these may be counted towards completion of this course.

    This course incorporates a minimum of 160 hours on the job field placement.


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


    HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety
    CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
    CHCYTH001Engage respectfully with young people
    CHCMHS001Work with people with mental health issues
    CHCYTH002Work Effectively with young people in a youth work context
    CHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    CHCCOM002Use communication to build relationships
    CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically
    CHCGRP002Plan and conduct group activities
    CHCAOD001Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
    CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions
    CHCPRP001Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
    CHCYTH003Support young people to create opportunities in their lives
    CHCCCS004Assess co-existing needs
    HLTAID003Provide first aid
    CHCAOD006Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drug issues
    CHCAOD009Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
    CHCAOD004Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
    CHCCOM003Develop workplace communication strategies
    CHCYTH009Support youth programs
    CHCCSM005Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
    CHCCCS007Develop and implement service programs
    CHCDEV002Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
    CHCYTH012Manage service response to young people in crisis
    CHCLEG003Manage legal and ethical compliance
    CHCYTH008Support young people to take collective action


    CHCYTH004Respond to critical situations
    CHCYTH010Provide services for young people appropriate to their needs and circumstances
    CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    CHCCDE003Work within a community development framework
  • 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 complete the practical project and your field placement you will need to obtain:

    • A Victorian Police Check
    • Working with Children Check

    Selection Process

    • Online course questionnaire
    • Interview process
    • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test - this test is to assist us in providing appropriate supports throughout your course and is not used to assess your eligibility to enrol
  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    After successfully completing this course, you will be eligible to receive the nationally accredited CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work and CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs.


    You can further your studies at university with a degree in youth work or community services.

    Career Opportunities

    • Case manager
    • Coordinator youth and family services
    • Coordinator youth services
    • Program manager
    • Senior case worker
    • Senior youth worker
    • Youth work team leader
  • Dates


    This course is generally delivered 3 days per week, with the morning sessions from 9 am - 12 pm and afternoon sessions from 1 pm - 4 pm.

    Intakes for this course occur in February* and July* 

    *Please note that the course requires a minimum number of students registered in order to commence.

  • 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

    Holmesglen TAFE
    Holmesglen TAFE CHC50413

    Program Fees

    Gov. Subsidised$5300
    Full Fee$12750

    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.