Youth Work Level 3

This programme aims to provide people with the operational and theoretical knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to work in entry level roles with youth. This programme is targeted at new or potential entrants into the youth work sector, including those currently working with youth who would benefit from recognition of their skills in the workplace, and provides a pathway for entry into careers in the youth development sector.


  • The relevance of Human Development Theory to the health and wellbeing of Maori, Pasifika and other communities
  • Leadership styles and the guidelines that help youth workers maintain appropriate boundaries when working with young people
  • Understanding and applying Mana Taiohi principles to a youth development relationship
  • Supporting a young person to strengthen their connections through a youth-worker relationship
  • The issues facing young people in Aotearoa and the factors that can enhance their ability to reach their goals
  • Relevant legislation, codes and standards to support positive cultural and social experiences for young people
  • Planning, development, implementation and evaluation of a positive youth development project


  • New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work Level 3



  • 16 weeks
  • Includes 12 x 6-hour workshops, 4 x 2-hour workshops, 6 x 1-hour learning sessions, 180 hours community engagement,
  • 144 hours self-directed learning
  • Workshops scheduled to meet the timetable for each intake


All students who wish to enrol must go through a selection interview process. Participants who meet this eligibility are

able to take part in these programmes:       

  • Aged 16 years and above and left school  
  • Must be eligible to study in New Zealand  
  • Minimum of Level 2 qualification or can demonstrate equivalent skills    
  • Have an appropriate level of literacy & numeracy skill to study at Level 3    
  • You will also need to pass a safety check for the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014. Any criminal convictions must be disclosed during the interview and prior to beginning enrolment on the programme. Enrolment will be provisional until police vetting applications have been confirmed.
  • Must be able to commit to attending a placement in a youth work setting to complete the practical requirements of the programme for a minimum of 180 hours


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Full-time learning and flexible learning options available

Monday to Thursday: 8:45am to 4:00pm Friday: 8:45am to 1:00pm


Usually held at the Whangārei Campus but if there is sufficient interest, other venues will be considered


There is no cost for eligible participants. All resources and materials are provided.


To be confirmed, please contact us to register your enquiry & receive dates.


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