Praxis is a network of youth development practitioners,
we are educating and mentoring the next generation of leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand.


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This programme is for you if you plan to pursue a career in youth work and are confident in study at a tertiary level. The Diploma blends an academic focus with building your practical experience in leadership across diverse cultural contexts.


Graduates of the Praxis Diploma will be awarded the NZ Diploma in Youth Work (Level 6). You can then apply to enter the final year of the Bachelor in Youth Development programme through Whitireia Polytechnic. From 2019, Diploma graduates will also meet the membership requirements for Korowai Tupu, the professional association for youth workers in Aotearoa/NZ.​


A graduate of the Diploma is able to design and lead programmes with young people using therapeutic and positive youth development approaches. Praxis Diploma graduates have also developed skills in research, analysis and reflection on practice to an undergraduate degree level. 


The Fine Print

If you think the Diploma 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.

  • Evidence that you can work at this level (NCEA Level 3 or equivalent).

  • 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 that 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 and allowances through Study Link or at

NZQA has given Praxis an external Quality Assurance of Provider Category 2. Following a review by NZQA in October 2015:

  • NZQA is Confident in the educational performance of Praxis

  • NZQA is Highly 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

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


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What Does It Cost?

Fees for full time courses change each year and are subject to final approval by NZQA. Please check the current prospectus for further information about fees.


Your fees cover:

  • Course fees

  • Your course workbooks

  • Food and accommodation for 3 out of the 4 blocks over the year (Note: we provide a vegetarian option for meals, but if you have any other dietary requirements you will need to bring your own food).

You will still need to pay for:


  • Required textbooks

  • Travel to class days

  • Travel to block courses, food and accommodation for 1 block (Note: One block course per year - often block 4 - is a non-residential block, meaning you will need to find your own accommodation. Praxis staff are available to help with this if you’re unsure with where to start


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).

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Applications will open in July for 2020