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This course is a good fit for you if you are looking for a year of personal and spiritual growth as you explore getting involved as a youth worker in your community through your church, a school or a community organisation.


The Certificate will suit you if you enjoy working alongside others in a ‘hands on’ practical approach to learning. If you have struggled with education in the past, this is where we will encourage you to begin your Praxis journey. It is possible to enter the Diploma through an RPL process at the end of your Certificate year. The Certificate in Youth Development leads to the award of the NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Community Facilitation Strand) Level 4.

A graduate of the Certificate is able to apply research based youth development frameworks to facilitating group activities and providing one to one support for young people. They have developed support networks in their local community and have gained confidence in working across cultures. They can manage safety and work ethically. Praxis Certificate graduates have also gained confidence and developed skills for further academic study.

The Fine Print

If you think the Certificate course is for you - you'll need to read through the important (albeit boring) information below. 

Entry Requirements


The following requirements apply to Praxis courses only:


  • The minimum age for entry into a Praxis course is 18.

  • Praxis courses are taught from a Christian kaupapa (philosophy), we don’t mind where you are at on your spiritual journey if you don’t mind that we pray and include a faith focus in our learning.

  • All Praxis courses require each student to be based in an Agency -a church or community organisation that is willing to supervise and support your practice with young people in your community. We can provide suggestions, but this arrangement is your responsibility and must be set up before you can complete enrolment.


  • We require all prospective students to have their police record checked by Praxis as part of the application/approval process. A criminal record does not mean that your application will be automatically turned down.


  • On the application form you will be asked to provide us with the contact details of a person from your proposed agency AND at least one other reference person (not a member of your family) with whom we can discuss your suitability for working with young people and your ability to handle the academic requirements of the course.


​Course Accreditation

Praxis is a Private Training Establishment established for Charitable purposes, it has been granted registration by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under Part 18 of the Education Act (1989). 

Full time students are eligible to apply for student loans (or free fees where eligible) and allowances at www.studylink.govt.nz

NZQA has given Praxis an external Quality Assurance of Provider Category 2. Following a review by NZQA in 2019: 

  • NZQA is confident in the educational performance of Praxis

  • NZQA is confident in the capability in self-assessment of Praxis

A full review report is available on the NZQA website, search; Youth Cultures and Community Trust.


What Would I Learn At Praxis?


  • To operate safely and ethically as a youth worker in your community.

  • To build connections with and walk alongside people of different cultures and backgrounds to your own.

  • To contribute to the development of young people and respond appropriately in a crisis.

  • To creatively facilitate groups and work effectively one to one.

  • To provide leadership and work as part of a team.

  • To explore your own spiritual journey, giftings and motivations.

  • To research your own community, develop networks and respond to needs.

  • To improve your awareness of Maori language, tikanga, kawa (protocol) and consider the relevance of the Treaty of Waitangi to your practice as a youth worker.

  • To explore and integrate Christian faith in your work with young people. 

Learning Support

Praxis is committed to walking alongside you as you go on this new journey of learning and personal development. You will have the following people to support and challenge you along the way!

Course Co-ordinator

As well as organising your course timetable, your course co-ordinator is also responsible for keeping an overview of your study year, they will check that your agency and mentoring arrangements are working out. In the second half of the year they will begin to discuss your plans for the following year, and help you to work towards them


Each student is required to find a supervisor for the year:

Your supervisor is a person who will help you to process what is happening for you on the course. It is important that your supervisor is someone that you trust and feel able to talk with them about any area of your life. They will also help you process your Reflection on Practice hours by getting you to journal the practical work you do. You need to take responsibility for meeting with your supervisor every 2-3 weeks. They are usually not a person from your agency.

You normally select your own supervisor for the year, however your choice needs to be approved by your course co-ordinator. Guidelines for choosing a supervisor are available from Praxis, if you are stuck, we can usually recommend someone in your area.

Agency Rep

This person is your boss! They will oversee the practical component of your youth or community work in your agency. We will ask you to enter into a formal agreement with your agency during your years of training with Praxis. Whether they are paying you or not, your agency is obliged to meet the normal obligations of an employer, especially with regard to your safety, supervision and support in your role with them.



At the start of the year you will be given contact details for a counsellor. This person has agreed to be available to students in your area. If you choose to, you can access help from them directly without having to go through your course co-ordinator, your supervisor, or your agency.

International Students

International Application Close 1 October each year.

Praxis is a private training establishment that has been granted registration by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under Part 18 of the Education Act 1989.

Praxis has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Minister of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at www.minedu.govt.nz/international.


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What Does It Cost?

Youth Work has been targeted by the government as a priority area for investment through the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Therefore, no fees will be charged for enrolment in the Praxis Certificate and Diploma courses in 2021 and 2022. This applies to all domestic (NZ) students.


The following costs are covered: 


  • Tuition fees

  • Workbooks and required texts 

  • Food and accommodation at block courses.


The following costs are not covered:

  • Travel to block courses -the first block is held in Wellington, the remainder are spread between; Auckland, Christchurch and the central North Island (see website for dates).

  • Getting to your local class once a week (between blocks). Regional students will need access to Zoom.

You can claim up to $1,000 from Study Link each year towards these costs. This becomes part of your student loan and will need to be paid back.


Course Withdrawal for NZ Domestic Students:

  • If you decide to withdraw within the first eight days of the course your fees will be refunded in full less administration costs of up to 10% of the amount paid or $500, whichever is the lesser.

  • If you decide to withdraw from the course after the first eight days, but within the first 4 weeks, 80% of your remaining fees will be refunded.

  • If the withdrawal occurs after the first 4 weeks Praxis is not obliged to provide a refund..

  • If you decide to withdraw from the course during the year you must fill out a Course Withdrawal Form which is also available from the Praxis National Office. This must be sent back to Praxis, once received, any refund due will be


  • The replacement cost of any unreturned library books or equipment will be deducted from any refund due.


  • At any time in the year, if Praxis becomes unable to deliver the course that you have enrolled in, you will have the option of either receiving a full fees refund, or transferring your enrolment to another education provider.


  • Praxis will only be liable for the refund of fees paid, and not for other costs incurred (such as travel).