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NZ Diploma in Youth Work

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2 years
Start date: Expected February-2021
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This programme is for you if you plan to pursue a career in youth work and are confident in study at a tertiary level. The Diploma blends an academic focus with building your practical experience in leadership across diverse cultural contexts.

Graduates of the Praxis Diploma will be awarded the NZ Diploma in Youth Work (Level 6). You can then apply to enter the final year of the Bachelor in Youth Development programme through Whitireia Polytechnic. From 2019, Diploma graduates will also meet the membership requirements for Korowai Tupu, the professional association for youth workers in Aotearoa/NZ.​

A graduate of the Diploma is able to design and lead programmes with young people using therapeutic and positive youth development approaches. Praxis Diploma graduates have also developed skills in research, analysis and reflection on practice to an undergraduate degree level.

What Would I Learn At Praxis?

  • To operate safely and ethically as a youth worker in your community.
  • To build connections with and walk alongside people of different cultures and backgrounds to your own.
  • To contribute to the development of young people and respond appropriately in a crisis.
  • To creatively facilitate groups and work effectively one to one.
  • To provide leadership and work as part of a team.
  • To explore your own spiritual journey, gifting and motivations.
  • To research your own community, develop networks and respond to needs.
  • To improve your awareness of Maori language, tikanga, kawa (protocol) and consider the relevance of the Treaty of Waitangi to your practice as a youth worker.
  • To explore and integrate Christian faith in your work with young people.

Entry criteria

The following requirements apply to Praxis courses only:​

  • The minimum age for entry into a Praxis course is 18.
  • Evidence that you can work at this level (NCEA Level 3 or equivalent).
  • Praxis courses are taught from a Christian kaupapa (philosophy), we don’t mind where you are at on your spiritual journey if you don’t mind that we pray and include a faith focus in our learning.
  • All Praxis courses require each student to be based in an Agency -a church or community organisation that is willing to supervise and support your practice with young people in your community. We can provide suggestions, but this arrangement is your responsibility and must be set up before you can complete enrolment.
  • We require all prospective students to have their police record checked by Praxis as part of the application/ approval process. A criminal record does not mean that your application will be automatically turned down.
  • On the application form you will be asked to provide us with the contact details of a person from your proposed agency AND at least one other reference person (not a member of your family) with whom we can discuss your suitability for working with young people and your ability to handle the academic requirements of the course.


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