New Zealand Diploma in Youth Work (Level 6)

The New Zealand Diploma in Youth Work aims to develop competent youth practitioners who will enter into the youth work profession or the youth development sector. It provides training and education to youth workers, ensuring graduates meet the established industry competency standards for youth work. The programme uses blended learning with on-site and on-line block courses. This programme is free under TTAF.

What you will learn

The New Zealand Diploma in Youth Work (Level 6) aims to develop competent youth practitioners, who will enter the profession or the youth development sector. The programme provides training and education to ensure graduates meet the established industry competency standards for youth work

  • Integrate youth development theories and models of practice in order to respond to the needs and aspirations of young people from diverse contexts and cultures. 
  • Apply safe, ethical and professional youth work practices to ensure the safety and wellbeing of young people engaging in youth development activities. 
  • Provide young people with responsive and positive support informed by knowledge of the historical, socio-cultural, economic and political factors impacting them. 
  • Select and apply a range of evidence-based practices informed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and te ao Māori to support the aspirations of young people and build community connections. 
  • Select and apply a range of evidence-based youth work models of practice, frameworks or strategies to support young people from diverse contexts and cultures. 
  • Demonstrate leadership in a youth work and youth development context by leading and evaluating a youth development project. 
  • Critically reflect on and evaluate own youth work  practice in a supervision context and engage in self-care to achieve continuous improvement in your own practice

More detail about this qualification

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning Learning is taught in block courses as well as online learning, which you will need to self-manage. This programme uses a number of different teaching approaches to enable the development of skills and knowledge. These may include active learning, self-directed and tutor directed learning, online learning, tutorials, workplace learning (practicum), simulated workplace learning, self and peer assessment, group work, professional supervision, reflective practice

Workplace practice

The practical work-based components of the programme prepare students for work as youth practitioners who integrate positive youth development principles into their practice.
The minimum hours for workplace practice for this programme are:

75 hours at Level 5
  • YD5107: Entering professional practice
130 hours at Level 6
  • YD6211: Design, deliver and evaluate initiatives (50)
  • YD6204: Supporting youth participation (40)
  • YD6207: Developing professional practice (40)

Te Mana o te Tiriti - Honouring te Tiriti o Waitangi

Matua Mōhio ki te Ao Taiohi - Understanding Youth Development

He Aronga ki te Taiohi - Understanding Youth Culture and Identity 

Te Hononga - Building Intentional Relationships

He Haere Kōtui - Promoting Family Whānau and Community Cohesion

Ngā Ahuatanga o te Whakatonutanga - Assessing and Managing Risk

He Aronga ki te Ao Ngaio - Entering Professional Practice

He Aronga ki te Rangahau - Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice

Mahi Ngātahi - Working with Groups

He Tautāwhi i te Whai Wāhitanga o te Taiohi - Supporting Youth Participation

He Aro Mātanga - Specialist Practice

Whakawhanake Ngaiotanga - Developing Professional Practice

Whakarite Rautaki mō te Taiohi- Design, Deliver and Evaluate Initiatives

Tikanga Whakahaere Wā Mōrearea - Managing Crisis

New Zealand Diploma in Youth Work Course Outline 

Career options

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge required to work in vocational roles, disciplines or contexts such as: youth work or youth development in a range of settings such as non-governmental organisations, justice/corrections, social services, residential and community, iwi services, mental health support, peer support, and those that operate in a cultural or faith-based context

Entry requirements 

NCEA Level 3 or equivalent qualification/work experience and evidence of suitability based on interview, health screening, safety check and referee reports, and evidence of suitability based on an interview, health screening, safety check and referee reports


IELTS 6.00 (no band lower than 5.5), or equivalent

Suitability requirements

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Understanding of, and capability to, work in the professional health and Counselling and Addictions sector
  • Commitment and motivation to succeed

Suitability will also be assessed with reference to the applicant’s health/Wellbeing, safety check* and referee reports.

Course-related costs 

  • Students are expected to organise and pay for their own transport to and from placements, as well as travel and accommodation costs to attend block courses.
  • Students will also require access to a computer and an internet connection.
  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 13 hours of professional supervision over the course of the programme. This is organised and funded by the student ($50-$120 per hour)

How to apply

Applications for this programme close Thursday, 16 December 2021. Applications received after this will only be processed if places are still available.

1. We recommend you apply online from the WelTec website.
2. Before you start your online application, you will need to have the following documentation available to upload when requested:

  • Completed ‘Supplementary Application for Health & Social Service Programmes’
  • Referee report: Give the referee report to someone who is willing to be your referee. Ask them to complete the forms and either return to yourself (so you can upload with your application), or scan and email to within 10 days. Please note applications will not be processed until the referee report has been received.
  • Verified ID
  • Verified official transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae

3. Alternatively, completed applications can be printed off and dropped into:

Enrolments, WelTec
21 Kensington Avenue

Funding your study

Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)

These programmes are FREE under TTAF, covering; compulsory tuition fees, compulsory course costs and compulsory student services fees. Visit for more information about TTAF.

*Safety Check: with the introduction of the Children’s Act (2014), all NZ Diploma in Youth Work students, who may work with children during the course of their study, must be safety checked. Safety checking includes reference checking, work history, identity check, police vet and an overall assessment of the applicant’s safety to work with children.

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