CHC40321 Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention

This qualification covers those who work in youth and family intervention, including practice specialisations in child protection. Workers are under a broad supervision framework and operate within clearly defined organisation guidelines, service plans, and position specifications.

These workers may include paraprofessional and recognised entities:

  • Carry out activities related to maintenance of a child or young person at risk, personal care and/or other activities of living
  • Report directly to the supervisor and may at times be partially responsible for providing support to other workers
  • Possibly undertake higher levels of report preparation and case notes, especially in relation to supervised access visits
  • May provide out of home care


Course code CHC40321
Start date View Intake Dates
Delivery mode
  • Blended delivery: Face to face training, Virtual Classroom ( Zoom) and Practical Placement.
  • Blended learning and practical placement: Blended learning is a mixed learning experience with some of the delivery in the classroom with a facilitator, some as self-paced learning on or off campus and some during the practical placement.

***Please note that the assessment methods for this course includes Theory component and mandatory practical placement component of 120 hours. You must complete placement hours to be able to achieve the competency in the units and successfully complete the course.

Duration Domestic: 52 weeks
International: 52 weeks (All the courses for International students are run over 2.5 days for a minimum of 20 hours per week) 

** Please note: Duration in weeks may vary depending upon the amount of contact days per week. Duration may vary depending on the cohort and industry requirements

Nationally Recognised Training

RTO requirements

Training and assessments are conducted in English. Applicants must possess sound written and oral English skills. You will be required to complete a Pre-training and Language Literacy and Numeracy Assessment. For inquiries regarding additional requirements, international and domestic students are encouraged to reach out to us either by phone at 13 13 89 or +61 3 9450 0500, or by visiting contact page.

A current Police Check and Working with Children Check are required before the commencement of practical placements for those specific courses which include practical placement component.


There are no pre-requisite or any other training package entry requirements to enrol in this course.

Visit our funding and fees page for more information.

Pathways into the qualification

While ETEA may not offer all the qualifications indicated within the pathway, the organisation advises relevant progression that may be attained such as:

  • CHC43315 – Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • CHC40421 – Certificate IV in Youth Work

or upskill by attaining:

  • CHC50321 – Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention
  • CHC53215 – Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • CHC52021 – Diploma of Community Services

Employment or occupational pathway

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Common positions that may be suited with this qualification are:

  • Residential Care Worker
  • Case Support Worker
  • Family Support / Prevention Worker
  • Alternative Care Workers
  • Care Worker
  • Entry Level Case Worker
  • Child Protection Support Worker
  • Cottage parent
  • Children’s / Youth Support Worker
  • Direct Care Worker
  • Early Intervention Worker
  • Foster Parent / Carer
  • Home Based Care Worker
  • Community Visitors
  • Out of Home Care Provider

ETEA utilises a range of assessment methods to assess student skills and competencies. These are as outlined below:

  • Question and answer/written assessment tasks
  • Role play/practical demonstration and observation of skills (as applicable)
  • Practical demonstration and observation of skills in a simulated environment (as applicable)
  • Practical demonstration and observation of skills in a workplace environment (as applicable)

Assessment will be either a Recognition of Prior Learning pathway or a Training and Assessment pathway. For a Training and Assessment pathway, participants are advised of the assessment requirements at the start of each training session. Students not achieving competency in any of the assessments will be required to undertake another assessment under the terms and conditions of ETEA’s reassessment policy.

You can apply for recognition of prior learning, academic credit and work experience towards this qualification. During the course of your life you will develop a wide range of skills and knowledge. Through work, volunteer roles, family commitments and various tasks undertaken in everyday life, you are building up a bank of knowledge. The evidence of these skills and knowledge accumulated can be used to help you gain a qualification.

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Credit Transfer

Please note: dates are subject to change due to holidays and availability.

If the dates provided do not suit, please contact us at 13 13 89 or +61 3 9450 0500 via phone, or through our contact page, as we will accommodate dates to suit student’s needs.

Intake Dates For 2024
International Students  8th 15th 15th 7th
Domestic Students Please Call us on 131389 or +61 03 94500500 for the intake Dates

To be awarded this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 16 units,

consisting of 11 core and 5 elective units

(NB: Elective units may vary by state and are subject to change to meet client and industry requirements)


Unit Code Unit Name
CHCCCS006 Facilitate individual service planning and delivery
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCPRT025 Identify and report children and young people at risk
CHCPRT027 Work collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children and young people
CHCPRT029 Work within a practice framework
CHCPRT034 Work with children and young people with complex trauma and attachment issues and needs
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCPRT033 Provide support to children and youth in out-of-home care
CHCCCS009 Facilitate responsible behaviour
CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
CHCFAM009 Facilitate family intervention strategies
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide


** Please note: electives may vary by state and are subject to change to meet client and industry requirements.