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.
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.
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.
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 07/03/2022 - Mon & Wed - 9am to 4pm / 2022
Wangaratta - Docker Street
Blended - Starts on 07/03/2022 - Mon & Wed - 9am to 4pm / 2022
Detailed Fee Information
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:
- 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:
- an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
- an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
- ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
- Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
- 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.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options
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.
- Hold a current Working with Children check
- Hold a current Police Check
Course Study Units
Assessment methods may include:
- Oral Presentations
- Workplace observation/demonstration
- Written tasks
Some commonly asked questions:
- Are there any tests or exams?
- When is assessment work due?
10 days after completion of unit
- If I fail an assessment can I get another try?
Resubmissions are available
Attendance & Commitment
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.
Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions, webinars and complete self-paced online learning. There will be an expectation that all students will undertake 2-3 hours of self-directed/research per week over the 33 weeks period, combined with the time allocated for completing assessment tasks.
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 required
- Ideally split into two (2) placements
- Placement is case management, working with families and children
- This consists of assessment tasks as well as an opportunity for practical experience and allows students to consolidate their skills and knowledge.
- GOTAFE will organise
Before starting placement, students need to complete the following units: CHCDEV001, CHCPRT001, CHCPRT003 and CHCPRT005
Some commonly asked questions:
- What experience will I need to do this course?
Some understanding of community services work - in particular work with children.
- When are classes?
Twice a week: Monday (virtual) and Tuesday (Wangaratta) or Wednesday (Shepparton).
- How long is the course?
12 months with 120-hour placement.
- How often do I have to attend?
Twice a week as per the above timetabled days, a combination of face-to-face and virtual learning.
- Can I do this online?
Yes, but some components require practical face-to-face observations and placement.
- Do I need to buy any books or equipment or uniforms?
Educational Support Services
As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.
A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.
Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.
Jobs and study options
Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.
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.
Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.
We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.
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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