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.

What you will learn

Before applying for this qualification please ensure you have read the COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

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.

  • 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 your own practice

More detail about this qualification

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, iwi services, mental health support, peer support, and those that operate in a cultural or faith-based context.

Entry requirements


Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all students applying for entry to a health or social practice programme are strongly recommended to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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)

How to apply

Applications for this programme close Thursday, 16 December 2021. Applications received after this will only be processed if places are still available.

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

  • Completed Supplementary Application for Health and Social Services Programmes
  • Referee report: 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. Please note applications will not be processed until the referee report has been received.
  • Verified ID
  • Verified official transcripts

Alternatively, completed applications can be printed off and dropped into:

Enrolments, WelTec
21 Kensington Avenue

Funding your study

Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)

*This programme is FREE under TTAF, covering; compulsory tuition fees, compulsory course costs and compulsory student services fees. Visit for more information about TTAF.

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Offering institute

This qualification is offered by WelTec.

From 2023, WelTec and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. All programmes offered by WelTec and other subsidiaries of Te Pūkenga are under review, to ensure they are portable, consistent and aligned with the needs of industry. The programme you have enrolled in may change over time.

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