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Skills assessment guidelines - Youth Worker ANZSCO 411716


Before reading these guidelines please make sure you have read the pre-assessment information.

A youth worker as a professional that ‘Assists young people as individuals or groups to solve social, emotional and financial problems in an agency framework.’ (ABS, ANZSCO 411716)

Minimum requirements

There are three different pathways for applicants seeking assessment as a youth worker. However, all new applicants must, at a minimum:
  • Have a relevant diploma level (AQF level 5) or higher qualification
  • Be proficient in English (refer to the English language requirement)
  • Be current in the industry
Assessment pathways

Category A (Relevant diploma with a specialisation in youth work):
This pathway is for applicants who have completed a diploma or higher non-ACWA accredited course with a specialisation in youth work and have a minimum of one year of full time, or part time equivalent, industry experience in youth work.

Category B (ACWA accredited or overseas recognised qualification): This pathway is for applicants who have completed a diploma or higher ACWA accredited course, or a recognised overseas course, with a specialisation in youth work.

Category C (Relevant community services related diploma): This pathway is for applicants who have completed a community services related diploma or higher (without a specialisation in youth work) and have a minimum of two years of full time, or part time equivalent, industry experience in youth work.

Definitions

Relevant qualification
For Category A and B applicants this refers to a course of study that includes a specialisation in youth work. For Category C applicants, this can be a broader community services, social work or human services related qualification.

A relevant Category C qualification should cover the following:
  • Sociology (including individual and family roles)
  • Community, social and political structure and function 
  • Individual human function, including psychological, physical and social aspects 
  • General and specialised welfare services and welfare systems 
  • Work with individuals, families, groups and communities 
  • Communication, basic counselling and interpersonal skills
Examples of relevant subjects within a relevant qualification: Child development, counselling skills, human services, social justice, child protection, mental health, case management, group theory, drug and alcohol issues, crisis intervention, psychology, youth work, working with children and families, sociology, community development, juvenile justice.

ACWA accredited course
An applicant is deemed to have graduated from an ACWA accredited course if the course and campus was accredited by ACWA for the entire duration of the applicant’s study. If the course gained ACWA accreditation during the applicant’s study period, applications will be assessed on a case by case basis under this category. All ACWA accredited courses are listed on our course finder.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In instances where an applicant has used recognition of prior learning (RPL) to gain credit towards completing their qualification, ACWA will accept up to a maximum of 40% RPL.

Industry experience and skill level
Industry experience is defined as work which involves the provision of direct service to young people. It is paid work, post-qualification and must be at an appropriate skill level (this means the position must require a diploma in order to perform the duties and responsibilities). Full time work is considered to be employment at a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Common occupational titles associated with youth work include:

Youth & Family Resource Officer Youth Project Officer
Youth & Family Services Coordinator    Youth Case Worker
Youth Engagement Worker Youth Case Manager
Youth Work Team Leader Youth Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker
Youth Justice Worker Youth Development Worker
Outreach Youth Worker Indigenous Youth Worker

PLEASE NOTE: having your occupational title listed does not necessarily mean your work experience is relevant for skills assessment/migration points advice. Refer to all relevant information.

Category A – Relevant diploma qualification and one year of industry experience

Category A assessment criteria are:
  1. Completion of a relevant diploma or higher course with a specialisation in youth work
  2. Minimum of one year of relevant full-time (or part-time equivalent) industry experience in youth work within the last five years.
  3. English language proficiency
Category B – ACWA accredited or overseas recognised qualification

ACWA accredited and overseas recognised qualifications are studied over a period of two academic years (minimum 18 calendar months) with a minimum of 400 hours fieldwork placement in two different settings.

Category B assessment criteria are:
  1. Completion of ACWA accredited diploma or higher course with a specialisation in youth work or a recognised overseas course equivalent to an AQF level 5 diploma which has allowed the applicant to gain professional registration in the country of training.
  2. English language proficiency
  3. Industry currency

Industry currency

Where the relevant qualification is more than 5 years old currency can be demonstrated through:

  • More than three months of industry experience (at least 20 hours per week) in a current role at the required skill level
  • Six months or more of industry experience (at least 20 hours per week) at the required skill level within the last two years
  • A minimum of 20 hours of participation in professional development activities per year for the last three years.
Category C – Relevant diploma qualification and two years of industry experience

Category C assessment criteria are:
  1. Completion of a community services, social work or human services related qualification (without a specialisation in youth work)
  2. Minimum of two years of relevant full-time (or part-time equivalent) industry experience in youth work within the last five years.
  3. English language proficiency

Document checklist

1) Identity (all applicants)

  • Certified copy of biography page of passport
  • If applicable, certified copy of evidence of name change
  • If applicable, a signed authorisation form for your migration agent

2) English proficiency (all applicants)

  • Evidence of English language proficiency

3) Qualifications (all applicants)

  • Certified copy of qualification (or letter of completion) showing the start date and end date the applicant was deemed to have completed the course.
  • Certified copy of transcript of results
  • If applicable (Category B only), certified copy of letter from your educational institution showing details of field placements (evidence of total 400 hours in two different placements)

4) Industry experience (Category A and C applicants)

  • Current CV/resume including 2 referees with current contact details, one of which must have been a workplace supervisor
  • Position descriptions for relevant work experience. Applicants must provide this evidence for all work experience claims made in the application.
  • Letter from employer showing details of the position including title, type, whether part-time or full time, and start and end dates. Applicants must provide this evidence for all work experience claims made in the application.

5) Industry currency (Category B applicants, if applicable)

  • If using option 1 or 2
  1. Position description for the industry experience
  2. Letter from current employer showing details of the position including title, type, whether part-time or full-time, and start and end dates
  • If using option 3
  1. attendance and activity details eg.certificates, letter from provider with details of content and total hours.

6) Other supporting documents (Category B applicants, if applicable)

  • If applicable, evidence of professional registration/membership in your country of training or a country you have worked in. Evidence can include a certified copy of registration certificate or online registration verification number.

Optional additional services

Documents to be provided by applicant for qualification comparability assessment:

  • Certified copy of skills assessment certificate from ACWA (if applying after a successful skills assessment application)
  • Certified copy of the qualification(s)
  • Certified copy of transcripts of results
  • Certified copy of biography page of passport

Documents to be provided by applicant for advice based on Australian or overseas work experience:

  • Certified copy of skills assessment certificate from ACWA (if applying after a successful skills assessment application)
  • Position descriptions with company details including name, email, address, business registration number, phone number, etc.
  • Letter from employer on company letterhead showing details of the position including position title, type. start and end dates, brief description of duties undertaken and qualification or experience needed for the position
  • Certified copy of biography page of passport
Application process and form

If you believe that you meet the requirements, download the application form here. This page also contains information regarding the application process such as document certification requirements, fees and time-frames so make sure you read it carefully.

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