CHC50413 – Diploma of Youth Work – Student Residential Care

This is the current release of the Diploma of Youth Work that has been specifically developed for people who are working in the student boarding industry, in boarding schools, or boarding residences.


It forms a career path for boarding professionals. The Certificate IV is a Pre-requisite and must be completed before commencing this unit.

  • The only Nationally recognised boarding training qualifications in Australia.
  • Constantly updated for currency and best practice in the Australian boarding industry.
  • Very portable qualification, for a variety of employment contexts.
  • A training pathway to University entrance.
  • Developed and delivered by qualified trainer/assessors with long-term boarding school experience. The trainers, Steve and Jenny Florisson have been involved in Indigenous education since 1978 and Indigenous Boarding schools since 1987. Steve is a board member of the CAPS association, which owns and manages two indigenous boarding schools. Steve and Jenny Florisson have delivered training for staff working in more than thirty Indigenous boarding residences in Australia.

Training modes


1. Combo class – mix of on line, distance and workshop

  • Commence working on one unit each week:
  • Choose how you learn; written notes, webinar or video.
  • Complete the first assessment by each Friday.
  • A workshop and practical assessments to complete.
  • Phone and Email support.


2. Face to Face workshop

Is available with trainers in your residence over five days. Some assessments must be completed before and after the training at your own


It is most effective with a ‘face to face’ component because of the interaction and dialogue between people in the group and with the trainers, who are able to make the training very relevant to the local context.


Workplace context

The course has been designed for boarding staff that are currently working in the student boarding industry, or who are able to carry out work experience in a boarding residence. Typically, students are enrolled about 12 to 14 weeks before the ‘face to face’ training workshop. Students receive their training material and are required to carry out reading and assessments each week over that 12 to 14-week period. The two trainers then deliver the ‘face to face’ component of the training, and there will be practical assessments to complete after the training.


Practical skills

The trainee will need to have a Head of Boarding/Residence Manager who is prepared to review their practical work skills, as a ‘third party assessment’. This may be carried out as a workplace review or performance management process after the face-to- face training week. Where the trainee is experienced and proficient in these skills, the Head of Boarding/Residence Manager may sign off on the skills immediately.



The total individual cost of the training is from $1650 to $1950, depending on the number of trainees involved.


The total individual cost of the online training is $1650.


(11 Units from the CHC42015 Certificate IV In Community Services)


1CHCCDE003 Work within a community development framework (Credit transfer)
3BCHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk (Credit transfer) (Core)
4CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance (Partial RPL) (Core)
14CHCCS009 Facilitate responsible behaviour (Credit transfer)
6BCHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies (Partial RPL) (Core)
7CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people (Credit transfer) (Core)
11CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs (Credit transfer)
9CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety (Credit transfer) (core)
16CHCYTH005 Develop and implement procedures to enable young people to address their needs (Partial RPL)
8CHCYTH001 Engage respectfully with young people (Credit transfer) (Core)

Book One


15CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities (Credit transfer) (Core)
13CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships (Credit Transfer) (Core)
18CHCYTH002 Work effectively with young people in youth work context (Core)
19CHCCCS007 – Develop and implement service programs (Core)

Book Two


20CHCDEV002 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services (Core)
21CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management (Core)

Book Three


22CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues (Core)
23CHCYTH012 Manage service response to young people in crisis (Core)
25CCHCYTH009 Support youth programs (Core)
26CHCYTH008 Support young people to take collective action (Core)

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