With respect to youth work, the YWA and many others will look beyond qualifications however; a dedicated course, diploma or degree clearly illustrates a commitment to becoming a professional within the sector. Yes, someone with experience can also demonstrate this – but nothing compares in a recruitment sense to the completion of a dedicated degree; such as a youth work specific degree, if youth work is your chosen profession.
We strongly recommend looking at enrolling into at least a diploma level course. In our experience Cert IV’s are not comprehensive enough to prepare someone to work as a youth work professional. Of course exceptions apply, but as a rule, a degree or diploma is always far more desirable. In fact many workplaces are increasingly looking to employ people with a baseline degree qualification. So if you are determined to make youth work a career we suggest you look at the degree courses available.
Why is it important to complete a Bachelor of Youth Work?
Frequently Asked Questions
What youth work courses are available in Victoria?
VU, RMIT and ACU all offer degree based qualifications focussing on working with young people.
How do I become a member of the YWA?
Just click on our 'Apply For Membership' link and fill in the details. New and renewing applicants need to pay the required amount for their membership in order to become financial members. We will confirm new applications via the email attatched to submissions and give instuctions in request for membership payments. Unpaid applications for memberships would be made void after fourteen days after application.
I don’t know if I am eligible for membership, how do I find out?
We have a very comprehensive membership form which will guide you through the whole process, check it out here