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SU Australia started providing formal training for youth and ministry workers in 1987, and for many years the course program had been known as YMIS (Youth Ministry Internship Scheme).  Over more than 30 years we have gained a solid reputation for providing an up-to-date training experience for people working with young people or keen to enter this exciting industry.
“Some children and youth workers think they can ‘wing it’…’she’ll be right’.  When this doesn’t work, it is the young people who suffer the consequences.  Surely we owe more than this to those we work with.  We encourage our students to approach their work in a strategic way designed to have a lasting impact.”
Alanna Sorrensen, Vocational Training Delivery Manager

Our Courses

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Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

9 months full-time

2023 Intakes

February to November

$3,190 total tuition ($460 deposit & 7 monthly payments of $390)


Certificate IV in Youth Work

12 months full-time

2023 Intakes

February, April, July & October

$3,960 total tuition ($630 deposit & 9 monthly payments of $370)

QLD residents may be eligible for a  government subsidy towards course costs


Diploma of
Youth Work

18 months full-time

2023 Intakes

February  & July

$9,870 total tuition (payment plan available)

Australian residents may be eligible for a Vet Student Loan

Individual Units

Each unit will take up to 6 weeks to complete part-time

Or COMBINED UNITS will take up to 6 weeks to complete 20 hrs

2023 Intakes  

Continuous intakes

$350 per unit

$550 combined units
(over 6 weeks)

$700 combined units
(over 12 weeks)

Why Choose Us

Why Should you Study with SU Institute of Training

SU Intstitute of Training delivers nationally-recognised training in Youth Work. Our programs have been developed in line with industry standards, with a particular focus on developing a Christian framework for the practice of youth work in community, school or church contexts.

These programs are more than a Youth Work qualification; they’re also an opportunity to engage in a journey of personal and spiritual development.  SU Australia continues to work alongside industry to improve and develop our programs.

We are passionate about equipping our students with the skills and experience they need to have a positive impact in the community through supporting young people, their families and working alongside other community services and organisations.


why choose the SU Institute of Training?

Hayden Davis

Hayden is involved with youth work because he knows the influence it can have in the lives of young people.

Celine Gunton

Celine is a people-enthusiast who has enjoyed the practical side of the SU training program. She says that helping people is what she loves to do, and this course has equipped her with tips and knowledge to best provide that help.

Claire Valler

Claire says her favourite part about studying youth work is learning how to support young people in a range of situations.

Deb Horne

Deb chose to do a course with SU Training because she has always loved working with young people, and wants to leave a legacy of hope and self-worth in future generations.

Brayden Williamson

Brayden is doing a course with SU Training because he really enjoys working with young people, and wants to be an encouragement for those going through hard times.

David McCafferty

Dave is doing a course with SU Training because he wants to develop skills to become a better chaplain.

Expert Instructors

Meet Our Team



Vocational Training Delivery Manager

Role: Alanna is responsible for the delivery and management of SU Australia’s nationally accredited training.  As a social worker, Alanna has worked with young people and their families for nearly 20 years in organisations including Teen Challenge Qld, The Smith Family and the Department of Families.  Alanna is passionate about equipping people to work with young people and has been involved in training youth and community workers for over 15 years.

Qualifications: Master of Arts (Theology), Master of Forensic Mental Health, Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Diploma of Management, Diploma of Vocational Education & Training, Diploma of Training Design & Development, Cert IV in Youth Work, Cert IV in Pastoral Care, Cert IV in Training & Assessment

Narelle Moir

Narelle Moir

Vocational Trainer

Role: Narelle is responsible for the Cert IV in Youth Work students who commence their journey in a July intake.  She is also the Placements Co-ordinator for all qualifications and is responsible for students engaged in our Individual Units.  A proud graduate of our Cert IV in Youth Work, Narelle has worked in a range of youth work roles as well as business / administrative positions.

Qualifications: Diploma of Business, Cert IV in Youth Work, Cert IV in Training & Assessment

Ronel Schwartz

Ronel Schwartz

Vocational Trainer

Role: Ronel is responsible for training students completing the Cert IV in Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care.  As a counsellor in private practice for many years, Ronel has provided counselling to children and young people as well as adults.  She has also worked in youth work, disability care and aged care.

Qualifications: Master of Guidance and Counselling, Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy, Cert IV in Disability, Cert IV in Training & Assessment

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