The Bradford Institute of Advanced Education

Certificate IV in Youth Work

A Brief Description

CHC40421 – Certificate IV in Youth Work reflects the role of workers who develop and facilitate programs for young people through a range of community-based programs designed to address the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people. This work may be undertaken through employment in community, government and youth sector agencies and workers will be responsible for implementing policies and guidelines of the employing organisation, and largely self-directed with fairly autonomous decision-making capacity under the indirect supervision of a manager.

Qualification Overview​

The Bradford Institute of Advanced Education is a specialist training provider with a training team of experienced community service professionals. Through this team of industry professionals you have the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised qualification CHC40421 – Certificate IV in Youth Work. Successful candidates will need to complete 17 units of competency comprising 15 mandatory core and 2 elective units. Elective units have been chosen to meet industry requirements.

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Core Units

CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 – Promote Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 
CHCMHS001 – Work with people with mental health issues 
CHCCOM002 – Use communication to build relationships 
CHCGRP002 – Plan and conduct group activities 
CHCLEG001 – Work legally and ethically 
HLTWHS001 – Participate in work health and safety 
CHCYTH013 – Engage Respectfully with young people 
CHCYTH014 – Work effectively with young people in the youth work context 
CHCYTH015 – Support young people to create opportunities in their lives 
CHCDFV001 – Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence 
CHCPRT025 – Identify and report children and young people at risk 
CHCYTH022 – Provide services for the needs and circumstances of young people  
CHCMHS007 – Work effectively in trauma informed care 
CHCYTH016 – Respond to critical situations 

Elective Units

CHCDEV004 – Confirm Developmental status 
CHCAOD001 – Work in alcohol and other drugs context 


You will be asked to complete 17 subjects via online learning. You may also apply for Recognition of Prior Learning if you believe you already have the knowledge and skills relevant to a particular unit or units. An RPL application must be submitted at the time of enrolment and the onus is on the student to provide sufficient, current, valid and authentic evidence against each of the units. Where there are gaps in your evidence, a professional conversation with your assessor may provide additional evidence. Your assessor may also ask you to provide further evidence to substantiate your claim of competency in a particular unit/s.

Where gaps in evidence remain – that is that you cannot be considered competent on the evidence provided, gap training will be made available to you. For gap training, you will be provided with workbooks and given assessments to complete. It is possible that gap training might include practical assessments.


This is a self-paced program so the time to complete depends on the rate of submission. It is anticipated the process will take up to 1 year and is mostly dependent on you completing the assessment so that your assessor can review it. We will move at your pace and support you to set achievable goals


Our team of industry professionals is led by David Bradford, a former QUT Lecturer, Director of Operational Training in the Department of Communities.

BIAE admin will be responsible for scheduling and negotiating training dates and delivery suitable to your workplace and/or personal situation. The Bradford Institute of Advanced Education will issue your qualification.

Our Student Handbook is publicly available for download in the footer of our website.

You can also have a red through our FAQ page to learn more about some of the trainers



  • Support Worker 
  • Personal Care Assistant 
  • Neighbourhood Centre Worker 
  • Child Safety Support Worker 
  • Housing Support Worker 
  • Disability Care Support Worker 
  • Employment Services Worker 
  • Foster Support Worker 
  • Youth Worker 
  • Youth Detention Worker 

Note: Some roles may require a Minimum Qualification level. Candidates will receive support from an allocated trainer throughout their training. Candidates will be provided with direct contact details for their trainer.


There are no mandated entry requirements for the program.


This qualification does not involve a mandatory Vocational Placement. However, the units in this qualification may require additional work-based assessments. we strongly endorse and encourage you to take on volunteer work while studying This allows you to gain practical industry and workplace experience where you will be taught how to apply the lessons you learned during your training


We understand that times can be tough, so we offer payment plans that can be negotiated with you via Pay Advantage or you can use HUMM EZIPAY. Applicants of a Pay Advantage payment plan will only receive certification when program payment is made in full. 

You can talk to a member of the enrolments team about your particular circumstances at any time. Just call 1300 008 775 or send us an enquiry. We are here to help and can devise an alternative payment plan for you, if required. We will not ask you to pay any more than $1500 in advance of any service provided.


As you will be working with client groups who are vulnerable and at risk, you will almost certainly require police checks and working with children checks/disability checks. 

A National Police Check certificate will list any court outcomes that can be disclosed, along with pending charges. This includes any interstate matters. The certificate won’t include any restricted court outcomes, such as certain juvenile convictions. 

If you have a previous conviction, please discuss this with your course consultant to determine if it will impact your ability to secure volunteer work in the community services industry. 


South Australia (SA) Funding:
Eligible applicants may apply to study this qualification under South Australian Skills Funding. To be eligible for the special pricing associated with this funding, students must meet the eligibility criteria.
You can read more about the funding we have available in SA and courses that we are currently funded for on our SA Funding page.
[Participant Eligibility Criteria apply. Supported by Government of South Australia]

New South Wales (NSW) Smart and Skilled Funding:
We are approved to deliver several courses under Smart and Skilled funding in New South Wales. This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. Studying one of the courses in our wide range with the Bradford Institute of Advanced Education under this funding provides you with an opportunity to complete a full qualification for a much more affordable fee.
You can read more about the funding we have available in SA and courses that we are currently funded for on our NSW Funding page.

Northern Territory (NT) User Choice Funding:
We are approved to deliver this qualification as a traineeship under NT User Choice funding. To be eligible for the free traineeships under this funding, students must meet the eligibility criteria.
You can read more about the funding we have available in the NT and courses that we are currently funded for on our NT Funding page.

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