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Certificate in Youth Development (Level 4)

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1 year
Start date: Expected February-2021
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This course is a good fit for you if you are looking for a year of personal and spiritual growth as you explore getting involved as a youth worker in your community through your church, a school or a community organisation.

The Certificate will suit you if you enjoy working alongside others in a ‘hands on’ practical approach to learning. If you have struggled with education in the past, this is where we will encourage you to begin your Praxis journey. It is possible to enter the Diploma through an RPL process at the end of your Certificate year. The Certificate in Youth Development leads to the award of the NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Community Facilitation Strand) Level 4.​

A graduate of the Certificate is able to apply research based youth development frameworks to facilitating group activities and providing one to one support for young people. They have developed support networks in their local community and have gained confidence in working across cultures. They can manage safety and work ethically. Praxis Certificate graduates have also gained confidence and developed skills for further academic study.

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.
  • 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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