Pay for diversional therapists varies depending on qualifications.
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 :
Skills and knowledge
Diversional therapists need to have :
Diversional therapists :
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.
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.
Diversional therapists need to be :
Useful experience for diversional therapists includes work with the elderly, people with disabilities and children.
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.