New Zealand Diploma in Youth Work

New Zealand Diploma in Youth Work (Level 6)

Get a career in youth work by studying the New Zealand Diploma in Youth Work. Learn the skills that will help the young in our community to grow to be the best version of themselves.

Programme outline

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.

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.

More detail about this qualification

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).

Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 3 or equivalent qualification/work experience and evidence of suitability. Suitability will be assessed with reference to the applicant’s health/wellbeing, safety check and referee reports. Once course numbers are met, students are wait-listed in order of the date on which their application was received.


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

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How to apply

Before you start your online application, you will need to have the following documentation available to upload when requested:

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.

Alternatively completed applications can be emailed to or dropped into:

Enrolments, Whitireia New Zealand, 3 Wi Neera Drive, Porirua

For international applicants - please email your completed application to

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Use the knowledge you already have to fast-track your qualification. Workplace-learning, volunteering, professional development, other provider qualifications and online courses can be recognised as prior learning and put towards your qualification. Start by getting in touch with us, or find out more here.

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Last updated: 6/5/2024

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