Diversional Therapist
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
2d ago

Pay for diversional therapists varies depending on qualifications.

  • Diversional therapists with relevant experience, such as community work, but no specific qualifications can expect to earn minimum wage.
  • Qualified diversional therapists usually earn between $23 and $27 an hour.
  • Source : NZ Society of Diversional Therapists, 2017.

    This information is a guide only.)

    What you will do

    Diversional therapists may do some or all of the following :

  • plan recreational events and activities
  • encourage participation and enjoyment in events and activities
  • assess and document participants' progress
  • discuss participants' progress with medical and other professionals, and families.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Diversional therapists need to have :

  • planning and organisational ability
  • communication skills
  • leadership skills and the ability to motivate people
  • knowledge of art and craft techniques, and sporting and cultural activities
  • knowledge of safety issues and first aid.
  • Diversional therapists :

  • work shifts, which can include evenings and weekends
  • may work in rest homes, community centres, schools, youth centres or early childhood centres.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements to become a diversional therapist. However, to become a registered diversional therapist you need to complete a New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4).

    The Careerforce diversional therapy qualification is an apprenticeship, which means you need to be working as a diversional therapist or similar to enrol.

    The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 means that if you have certain serious convictions, you can’t be employed in a role where you are responsible for, or work alone with, children.

    Secondary education

    NCEA Level 2 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include English, health education, music, dance and drama, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking combined, and physical education.

    Personal requirements

    Diversional therapists need to be :

  • caring
  • good communicators
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for diversional therapists includes work with the elderly, people with disabilities and children.

    Physical requirements

    Diversional therapists need to have a good level of fitness and must be reasonably strong, as they may need to help carry or move people.


    The New Zealand Society of Diversional Therapists represents diversional therapists. Registration is not compulsory.

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