Last updated: 21 May 2019

Review of youth work qualifications

In 2014 Careerforce registered the New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work (Level 4) with NZQA on behalf of the youth work and youth development sectors in Aotearoa New Zealand. These qualifications are now due for review as part of NZQA’s requirement to review qualifications every 5 years.

Background information

Throughout 2017 and 2018 Careerforce representatives consulted with youth workers, trainees, peak bodies, providers and youth work representatives at various youth work hui and conferences (e.g. Involve) on our youth work qualifications.

We received strong support and demand for the development of the New Zealand Diploma in Youth Work (Level 6). The feedback we received helped us to develop the diploma and confirmed a continued need for youth work specific qualifications for youth workers.

Our consultation confirmed a continued need for youth work specific qualifications and indicated that the current youth work qualifications at Level 3 and 4 are fit for purpose. Feedback identified that the sector can see clear education pathways towards the diploma at Level 6 and tertiary study in youth development if desired.

Recommendation – no current change to qualifications

Feedback via the channels above indicated to us that the graduate outcomes of the existing qualifications currently remain fit for purpose.  We are aware that the current review of key sector strategies (YDSA) and the development of government strategies (Child and Young person Well Being strategy) may have impacts on the youth work/development sector and programmes supporting this mahi. After these strategies are released and integrated into practice by the sector, we expect to address these sector-led changes by reviewing the current programme’s content and delivery detail.

Therefore, we would like to recommend to NZQA that we make no current changes to the qualifications with a view to reviewing in the next round.

Review the current NZ Certificate in Youth Work L3 qualification

Review the current NZ Certificate in Youth Work L4 qualification

Submitted the recommendations along with the required supporting documents and attestations to NZQA.

We will we update you with any outcomes once we hear back from NZQA.

How will Careerforce address changes in the sector?

We can cover future changes when we get to the programme review. This is where we will incorporate your feedback and suggestions into specific unit standards, topics, and training delivery changes you may wish to make.

You can submit your feedback now to contribute to the programme review.

Submit programme feedback