New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work Level 4

Working or volunteering with youth in the community and want to upskill and develop your career with a formal qualification? Our online youth work course will help you deliver a higher level of support for rangatahi in New Zealand. 

You’ll learn how to mentor and support young people to recognise their potential while providing a safe environment for them to develop.  

You’ll be introduced to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and how they are crucial to working with youth as you honour the history of Maori as tangata whenua. You’ll also learn strategies to reflect on your own practice and implement self-care strategies when working with young people.  

This fully online course is available to study around your existing commitments and lifestyle. You’ll be able to access the course content at any time while being supported by a tutor who will have one-on-one mentoring sessions with you. 

Developing our Youth: Introduces working in a youth development environment including major human development theories, the impacts of issues such as abuse and neglect on youth and the challenges of living in a global society, Māori and Pasifika development, social work, and well-being models. Explore the differences between race, ethnicity, and culture, to include youth culture and the sub-cultures, globalisation and its effects on youth and what it means to be a “Global Citizen”. 

Developing a Safe Space for our Youth: looks at how to create a safe space for youth physically and emotionally. Topics include boundaries, manaakitanga, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, keeping our youth physically safe, the legal and ethical liability, the Health & Safety in Work Act, Vulnerable Children’s Act, Oranga Tamariki Act, Privacy Act, and the Code of Ethics for Youth Work in Aotearoa. 

Developing Positive Connections: focuses on community connections and resources available to both youth workers and youth clients, and building rapport and appropriate relationships. Discover ways to build rapport and appropriate relationships with their youth clients and examine the importance of positive cultural identity and why “knowing where you come from”’ is important to Māori and Pasifika youth, as well as the importance of the partnerships with iwi, hapū, whanau, and Māori community when working with Māori youth. 



Developing our Approach: focuses on positive youth development and why quality relationships can have an impact on youth development programmes. Learners will have the opportunity to plan, implement, and evaluate a strengths-based activity/event and explore strategies for working with Māori and Pacific young people and strategies to help all young people with social, emotional, physical, and other social skills. 

Developing Ourselves: focuses on taking care of the youth worker. Discover global, national, regional, and locally based professional groups created to support the youth worker, explore the benefits of a Shared Leadership approach and the importance of involving youth in the decisions regarding their programmes. This course also looks at why is self-care important for youth workers such as mindfulness, relaxation, time management, inspirational materials or self-care readings. 


  • No tuition fees for domestic students (funded by the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund). 

Entry Requirements:  

  • Be a minimum of 17 years of age 
  • Be employed or volunteering in a Youth Work setting or organisation that provides and delivers programmes to youth (eg education provider, community group) 
  • Be a New Zealand citizen or have permanent residency 
  • Have NCEA Level 1 OR Equivalent, or gained New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work (Level 3) 
  • Employers and employees may be required to undergo checks to ensure they are a fit and proper person to provide support to young people.  

Delivery method: 

  • Online

Intake takes:

  • 25 July 2022
  • 22 August 2022
  • 26 Septemeber 2022
  • 24 October 2022
  • 21 November 2022

Alternative dates may be available – talk to us about what suits the needs of your staff.

Ready to get started? Fill in this quick form. From there, you can either go straight to our full application form, or wait for one of our team to get in contact with you in the next few days.

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