Qualification and programme overview

This youth work qualification 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 programme includes developing and/or recognising the following competencies in your staff: 

Section one: Culture and ethics

  • Describing culturally safe Māori operating principles and values.
  • Describing the principles, aims and goals of the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa.
  • Demonstrating and applying knowledge of professional and ethical behaviour in a health or wellbeing setting.

Section two: Connecting with young people

  • Describing selected aspects of human development theory in a health or wellbeing setting.
  • Profiling youth in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Working with a young person as a youth worker in the youth development sector.
  • Describing group work and leadership in youth work in the youth development sector.

Section three: Youth work project

  • Describing knowledge of risk management planning in a health or wellbeing setting.
  • Helping plan, deliver, implement and evaluate a youth development project in the youth development sector.

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* This programme presently has free enrolment via the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF)


To enrol in the New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work (Level 3), please call 0800 277 486, email: or speak to your local Careerforce Workplace Advisor.

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Level 3

Ideal for

  • Youth Worker.
  • Youth Facilitator.
  • Youth Education Programme Assistant/Mentor.
  • Youth Events Coordinator.

Relevant for the following sectors

  • Social Services
  • Youth Work
  • 44 - 45 Credits
  • 8 months
  • $230 (inc GST) FREE ENROLMENT*

The work I do is very satisfying
and rewarding. Every day
is different. Most of the time
I absolutely love it and
go home feeling pretty good.

Jessika Brass - Youth Development Worker