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. If you are determined to make youth work a career, we suggest you look at the degree courses available.
Institutes that offer degree-based qualifications focussing on working with young people:
Australian Catholic University
Edith Cowan University
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 to become financial members. We will confirm new applications via the email attached to submissions and give instructions in requests for membership payments. Unpaid applications for memberships would be made void after fourteen days after application.
We have a very comprehensive membership form that will guide you through the whole process.
You can apply if you have completed a degree or diploma in Community Development, welfare or other disciplines, and having an extensive history of being employed in youth work, you need to complete the “Alternative Membership Application.”