Qualification Overview

Qualification Title New Zealand Diploma in Youth Work (Level 6)
Qualification Type Diploma
Level 6
Credits 240
Subject Area
  • Society and Culture » Human Welfare Studies and Services » Youth Work
Strategic Purpose Statement
This qualification is designed for people who are entering the youth development sector as youth workers while also providing a credential that recognises the skills, knowledge and competencies of those already employed in the industry.
In addition, the qualification is suitable for people seeking professional development opportunities with a youth development focus within a health and wellbeing or social services setting.
The youth development sector will benefit from having graduates in youth work with the skills and knowledge needed to support young people in their communities to identify and achieve their aspirations.
Graduates will be able to work with a high degree of autonomy and contribute to positive youth development outcomes in the Health and Wellbeing sector.
Graduates will be able to work within a framework of youth development practice that is informed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Youth Work Codes of Ethics, the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa, the nine Core Competencies for youth workers, and legislative requirements.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- 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 own practice.
Education pathways
This qualification may build on the following:
- New Zealand Diploma in Health and Wellbeing (Practice/Applied Practice (Level 5) [Ref: 3244].
- New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work (Level 4) [Ref: 2449].
- New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) with strands in Community Facilitation, Community Health Work, Mental Health and Addiction Support, and Social Services [Ref: 2992].

Graduates may progress into higher level qualifications within the Health and Wellbeing sectors.
Employment pathways
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, counselling, iwi services, mental health support, peer support, and those that operate in a cultural or faith based context.

Employees and volunteers may be required to undergo ongoing checks to ensure they are a fit and proper person to provide support in the youth development and health and wellbeing sectors.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
None.
Education Organisation 3 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Toitu te Waiora Community, Health, Education and Social Services Workforce Development Council
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 3803
Status Current
Created March 2018
Next Review December 2022
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