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Young Volunteers

New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work
(Level 4)

Credits: 80

Duration: 26-30 weeks (24 Academic + 2-6 break weeks)

Locations offered: Manukau


Domestic - $862.50 (Fees Free, Student loans and allowances available for eligible students)

Next intake: 22nd July 2024


The aim of the programme is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills required to be qualified to work in intermediate roles in the youth work sector; for example, programmes, projects, and events delivered by peer support groups, youth service agencies and community or marae or faith-based groups.

Delivery Mode

  • Face to Face (2 days x 6.5 hrs per week) OR Blended (6 hours face to face AND 7 hours online per week)

  • 14 hours per week of Self-Directed Learning

  • 7 hours per week of Workplace Practicum .  A total of 168 hours of Workplace Practicum must be completed.

Entry Requirement

Applicants seeking to be enrolled in the New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work Level 4 will need to meet the following entry requirements:

  • Illustrate prior successful study to a minimum of level 3 on NZQA framework or equivalent AND

  • *Disclose any criminal convictions at the time of enrolment and approve, at the time of enrolment, the release of criminal conviction information from the New Zealand Police, to enable learners not already employed within the sector to be placed in a workplace setting AND

  • Be able to work or undertake voluntary work in a Youth Work setting AND

  • Are assessed by AGI as being suitable to work in the Youth Work sector AND

  • Have access to a computer and the internet to complete the requirements of the programme.

  • It is recommended that applicants hold a current First Aid Certificate.

  • *Enrolment is provisional until vetting applications have been received and the learner can be placed in a work placement.

Qualification Awarded: New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work (Level 4)

Core papers included

Module 1: Professional Practice (19 credits)
Module 2: Working with Youth (20 credits)
Module 3: Understanding Young People (21 credits)
Module 4: Youth Development (20 credits)

Graduate Profile

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • create and maintain a safe environment for young people

  • mentor and support young people to recognise and develop their potential

  • apply a strengths based approach to lead positive youth development projects in the community

  • reflect on own practice and implement selfcare strategies when working with young people.

  • apply an understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to uphold and honour the history of Maori as tangata whenua.

Graduates will continue to develop and grow as valued employees and demonstrate skills that contribute to lifelong learning.

Employment Outcomes

  • Graduates will be qualified to work in intermediate vocational roles working with young people.

  • Roles may include leading programmes, projects and events delivered by peer support groups, youth service agencies and community or marae or faith-based groups.

  • Graduates may seek employment in youth work or youth development in a range of settings: 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.

Education Pathways

Possible learning/education pathways for graduates who successfully complete the New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work (Level 4) are:

  • Direct Pathway: This qualification can lead on to the NZ Diploma in Health and Wellbeing (Applied Practice) (Level 5) [Ref: 3244] and NZ Diploma in Youth Work Level 6 [3803]

  • Additional Education within the Social Services sector

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