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Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Partial)

Trauma Informed Practice

Code: CHC40313

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Workplace and Industry


6 months full time / available part time

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April, May, June, July, August, September, November, December

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April, June, July, August, September, November


If you are working in the Residential and Out of Home Care Sector this is the minimum qualification you require. This qualification reflects the role of those who work in youth and family intervention, including practice specialisations in residential and out of home care, family support and early intervention.

A mandatory industry-recognised qualification

Children and young people who reside in Residential and Out of Home Care require the best possible care that can be provided. Most of these children and young people are vulnerable and have experienced significant trauma and rely on the expertise of support workers who know and understand Trauma Informed Practice.

Melbourne Polytechnic have been delivering this program since 2017 when the Minimum Qualification Strategy for Residential Care Workers in Victoria was released. Using our highly experienced trainers with Residential and Out of Home Care Industry knowledge we have delivered this training to over 2500 student across Victoria.

This Minimum Qualification Strategy for Residential Care Workers, requires all support workers who provide direct care in a Residential and Out of Home Care setting that is operated or funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to hold or be undertaking either:

  • Certificate IV in Child Youth and Family Intervention CHC40313 – This course is the mandatory minimum qualification for all residential care workers.
  • Trauma Informed Practice - This course is required for residential care workers that currently hold a recognised qualification as listed by DHHS on the Minimum Qualification Strategy.

For further information on the Minimum Qualification Strategy refer to DHHS's website.

The course brings together a three way relationship between Students, their Employer (Industry) and Melbourne Polytechnic. This enables the student to be supported by both Melbourne Polytechnic and the employer to allow the student to meet all assessment requirements of their training. Working closely with large and small Residential and Out of Home Care providers across Victoria, Melbourne Polytechnic can ensure all course material is current and applicable to the practice of students and the expectations of employers.

Gain the skills to pursue your passion

At Melbourne Polytechnic, you will learn to support children and young people with complex trauma and learn about trauma-informed care, providing primary residential care and managing behaviours of concern. Developed in collaboration with the Residential and Out of Home Care sector, industry training providers and the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, Melbourne Polytechnic was the first TAFE to offer this course to Victorian residential carers.

The qualification also provides community services knowledge and skill sets related to child, youth and family interventions used to support workers within the broader community based settings.

Supporting an industry model of delivery for students currently working in Residential and Out of Home Care, we deliver this training via Melbourne Polytechnic’s online learning environment, Moodle with either face-to-face or virtual classroom experiences.


February: 3/2, 4/2, 17/2 and 18/2

March: 10/3, 11/3, 24/3 and 25/3

May: 12/5, 13/5, 26/5 and 27/5

June: 9/6, 10/6, 23/6 and 24/6

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

This course is designed to help those who work in youth and family intervention in the Residential and Out of Home Care sectors. This includes encouraging practice specialists in education, family support and early intervention to take their careers to the next level. This course enables you to meet the minimum requirements to work in the sector in the following roles:
  • Youth Support Worker
  • Out of Home Care Worker
  • Child Welfare Officer
  • Therapeutic Support Worker
  • Family Prevention Worker
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Education Integration Aides working with OOHC children
  • Case Support Worker
  • Family Support Worker
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I think everybody that moves into this career path, they really get satisfaction out of their roles.
Chloe Carter-Smith
Diploma of Community Services CHC52015, Outstanding Student of the Year 2020 Award Winner

Course Details

Delivery methods

Remote learning with 4 days face-to-face Virtual Classroom. Must complete a minimum of 177 workplace hours working with a minimum of 3 children/young people.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed in a variety of ways both in the classroom and in the workplace. Methods include online learning, on-the-job demonstrations of skills and knowledge, in class activities and written tasks.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $324 $1622 $2915
Materials fee $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $499 $1872 $3165
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The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Please note:

There is an amenity fee of $50 which applies to all students.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Work books and class materials are supplied.

Course Fees

There is an amenity fee of $50 which applies to all students.


Industry-only delivery for the Residential and Out of Home Care Sector.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol this can be done online or you can attend our Skills and Job Centres to complete your enrolment in person.

If you require further information please contact 03 9269 8819 or email

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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