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Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention


Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention CHC40313

Course Overview

This course prepares students for a role in the Community Services industry specialising in youth and family intervention.

Participants will gain the skills to work in practice specialisations such as residential and out-of-home care, family support, and early intervention.

Additionally, they will also be taught transferable skills in case management and program coordination, which will make them a valuable employee in a range of different Community Services organisations.

This course is required for employment in residential care.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

The CHC40313 Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention is the recognised qualification to become a qualified:

  • Case Support Worker
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Child Protection Support Worker
  • Child/Youth Support Worker
  • Family Support/Prevention Worker

When considering undertaking this course and working in the community providing this service, it is important to understand that it involves working with vulnerable families and children. This course will cover speciality areas of child abuse, family violence and in particular child protection.

Further Study

After graduating, students might like to undertake further study in the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Blended - Starts on 13th Sept - Tues OnCampus, Fri Online - 9.30am-4pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course, applicants must:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • have some understanding of community services work - in particular work with children
  • want to work with children/youth, families, child protection
  • A mandatory second interview with the Coordinator/Manager of the course
  • Students are advised at the application stage of any course of industry requirements which may include but are not limited to:
    1) National Police Check with no disclosable outcomes (check not less than 6 months old at the time of commencement of placement)
    2) Working with Children Check (with at least 1 year before expiry)
    3) National Disability Insurance Scheme Credentials (NDIS Screening check)
Core Units
Facilitate individual service planning and delivery
Use communication to build relationships
Confirm client developmental status
Work with diverse people
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Work legally and ethically
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Work collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children and young people
Work within a practice framework
Participate in workplace health and safety
Elective Units
Facilitate responsible behaviour
Coordinate complex case requirements
Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
Facilitate family intervention strategies
Work effectively in trauma informed care
Provide primary residential care

Assessment methods may include:

  • Oral Presentations
  • Workplace observation/demonstration
  • Written tasks

Some commonly asked questions:

  1. Are there any tests or exams?
  2. When is assessment work due?
    10 days after completion of unit
  3. If I fail an assessment can I get another try?
    Resubmissions are available

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.


  • attend classes 2 days per week - 1 day face-to-face; 1 day via TEAMS or Zoom
  • are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and webinars, and complete self-paced online learning.
  • engage further in golearn, with self-directed activities, 2-3 hours per week over the 37 weeks period

Students are required to undertake 120 hours of placement to allow students to consolidate skills and knowledge in the workplace. This ensures that they are work-ready on completion.


  • 120 hours of placement is required, ideally split across two placements.
  • Placement involves case management and working with families and children.
  • The placement consists of assessment tasks as well as an opportunity for practical experience and allows students to consolidate their skills and knowledge.
  • GOTAFE will organise the placement.
  • In some instances, students may be assigned child/youth camp-based placements. Given the nature of this industry, these placements may exceed 38 hours per week, involving 14 -16 hour active days and 8-hour inactive overnight shifts.

Before starting placement, students need to complete the following units: CHCDEV001, CHCPRT001, CHCPRT003 and CHCPRT005

Some commonly asked questions:

  1. What experience will I need to do this course?
    Some understanding of community services work - in particular work with children.
  2. Do I need to buy any books or equipment or uniforms?

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

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Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

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Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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