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NZ Diploma in Youth Work

This course is available


Level of Study



2 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023




A graduate of the Diploma is able to design and lead programmes with young people using therapeutic and positive youth development approaches. 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 will focus on building your practical experience in leadership across diverse cultural contexts, and blend this with preparing you for further study at under and post graduate levels.

Graduates of the Praxis Diploma will be awarded the NZ Diploma in Youth Work (Level 6).

Diploma graduates will also meet the membership requirements for Korowai Tupu,
the professional association for youth workers in Aotearoa/NZ.​

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 minimum age for entry into a Praxis course is 18. • Praxis courses require each student to be based in an Agency - a school, church or community organisation that is willing to provide supervision and support as you develop your practice with young people in your community. We can help with suggestions, but this arrangement is your responsibility and must be set up as part of your enrolment process. • Praxis is a faith-based organisation, and we operate from a Christian Kaupapa. One of our Praxis ideas is ‘Journeying with Jesus’. We will start and end each day with karakia and include a Christian lens in most of our teaching and learning. We welcome all students to the Praxis course, whatever your background. • Another Praxis idea is ‘learning spaces of diversity and inclusion’. We welcome students of all sexualities and gender identifications; we strive to create safe and inclusive environments to learn together. Our inclusive practise training provides space for students to listen and engage with stories different to their own. • The Vulnerable Children’s Act (2014) requires us to check your police record for the course application/approval process. • 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 two reference people (not a member of your immediate 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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