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Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice

Youth Development and AE specialist strands

(Approval Pending)


This specialist strand of the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice is designed specifically for practitioners (in youth work, community and alternative education settings) who wish to study part-time. It is delivered by Praxis in partnership with Whitireia Polytechnic. We are currently awaiting final approval from NZQA for this programme.

The programme will be taught as two short courses. Each course will be taught through a mix of online and face to face delivery. Delivery will include 2-3 face to face wananga/workshops, plus (weekly) online classes over 15 weeks. The courses are designed for people who are already in full time work, so workshops will be scheduled for during the secondary school holidays, and the online classes will be taught in small groups at times that work best for the majority of participants. In the event of further lockdown restrictions, the face to face wananga will be replaced by online workshops.

As the assessment for each course will require interactions with young people and teams a special entry requirement for this strand is that you have a suitable practice context available (this can be in a paid or a voluntary role).  Click here to review other entry requirements and the application process.  

Successful graduates may also gain credits towards a Master’s degree through this programme.


The Content

The programme is currently awaiting final approval from NZQA and will consist of two papers (which can be done in either order):

Professional Leadership Practice (30 credits)    Starts July 2020    -applications are open 

Examine your skills, knowledge and practice and the ability to lead self, lead others and lead change in professional, interprofessional and organisational settings. Demonstrate capability in leadership in the context of an Alternative Education, Youth Development or multi-disciplinary organisation based on contemporary theory and practice. 

Professional Educational Practice (30 credits)   Starts Feb 2021

Examine your learning and teaching practice against contemporary theory and pedagogy, with a focus on the contexts of Alternative Education or Youth Development. Demonstrate capability and leadership in education practice, utilising contemporary pedagogy and an understanding of working alongside young people with diverse 

The Tutors

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Dr Judy Bruce

a former youth worker with Te Ora Hou, and lecturer at Canterbury University. Judy is passionate about youth development, education and interculturality. She is a social researcher and facilitator, and currently works with the Leadership Lab, Praxis and the University of Canterbury. 


Lloyd Martin

a former youth worker and AE teacher. He co-ordinates Praxis; -a network of practitioner/educators who specialise in youth development and education on the margins. Lloyd is the author of several books around youth development, leadership and cultural competency, he is currently completing doctoral research into Alternative Education through Victoria University.

The Fine Print

Entry requirements

You must have a Bachelor’s or equivalent and relevant practice in a related professional field.  

If you have a Diploma, and significant practical experience in either youth work, AE or community education, please follow click here to apply for an exemption. 

Application Process

The courses can be done in either order. To apply please do two things:

1.    Email admin@praxis.org.nz and let us know that you want to begin the process, we will get in touch with you to arrange a short interview (by phone or by zoom).


2.    Click this link to the Whitireia Polytech: Start Application Process  please note that this link will only become active once we have final approval from NZQA. 

If you are accepted, your application will then be processed by Whitireia and you will be provided with an Offer of Study.  
Applications will remain open until the start of each course, we are not able to consider late enrolments for a course.


Professional Leadership Practice

Tutors:    Dr Judy Bruce, Lloyd Martin

This course is scheduled to begin in July, we plan to hold a face to face welcome, orientation and kai in Wellington and Auckland, plus an online Zui (Zoom/Hui) for those who are unable to make these events.    

Tuesday 24th July (11am - 2pm)

  • Wellington:     at Praxis, Level 2, Anvil House, 138 Wakefield Street, Te Aro.

  • Auckland:        at Praxis, 56 Glass Road, Mt. Roskill. 

This will be an opportunity to go through the course requirements, get the resources that you will need plus help you get started with the online platforms that we will use on our journey.  

We will also use the time to split learners into smaller groups that will work online together. These groups will meet weekly with one of the tutors. 

The course content will focus on three aspects of leadership:


  • Leading self

  • Leading others

  • Leading change 

A required text for this course is: Spiller, Barclay-Kerr & Panoho (2015) Wayfinding Leadership: Ground-breaking Wisdom for Developing Leaders. Wellington, Huia Publishers.

This can be downloaded as a kindle from the Amazon.au site (it costs around $7).

The final day of course will be November 2nd  

Apply for an exemption

If you have a Diploma and a minimum of five years of relevant practical experience, and wish to apply for direct entry into the Postgraduate programme  -please provide the following information to Lloyd@praxis.org.nz:


  • Your name and contact details

  • A one page summary of your current tertiary qualifications and relevant work experience

  • Attach scanned copies of your tertiary qualifications

  • We will need to seek confirmation of your practical experience, please provide the name and contact details of a senior person in each of the organisations where you have completed most of your relevant practical work (up to three groups). 

Please note that the current policies of Whitireia Polytech state that students who have gained a direct entry into the Post-graduate Certificate, must achieve a ‘B average’ in their work across this programme in order to proceed into a Masters programme. 

Contact Us

Lloyd|  Lloyd@praxis.org.nz | 022 344 7210