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 purpose of the New Zealand Diploma in Youth Work is to recreate, regenerate and transform youth work practice at a national level. The vision underpinning this purpose is to be the most desired youth work diploma in the Pacific producing outstanding graduates in youth work. New Zealand Diploma in Youth Work graduates leave the programme with the latest skills and knowledge pertaining to the youth development sector.

Graduates will be able to:

  • 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 own practice. 

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, counselling, iwi services, mental health support, peer support, and those that operate in a cultural or faith-based context. Employees and volunteers may be required to undergo ongoing checks to ensure they are a fit and proper person to provide support in the youth development and health and wellbeing sectors. 

Entry Requirements 

NCEA level 3 or New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) or equivalent qualification/work experience


evidence of suitability based on an interview, health screening, safety check and referee reports

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

Entry equipment/material requirements 

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 approximately 12 hours of professional supervision associated with the clinical courses and this cost is carried by the student.

How to apply

You will need additional forms and documents for your application, please read the steps and download the required forms through the link below.

How to apply


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