What will I learn?

Theory and practice

Get the knowledge and skills you need to improve your professional practice. You’ll cover the complexities of restorative justice theory and key challenges in applying it in a range of roles and sectors.

Recognised by a range of training and accreditation bodies, the Certificate is the only qualification in New Zealand that covers restorative justice practice across the criminal justice, education, health, social welfare and human resources sectors.

Based in the School of Government, you’ll learn in an interactive and multi-disciplinary environment, studying with award-winning lecturers who are active researchers and practitioners in the field.

You can also set yourself up for postgraduate study in related fields.

Study while you work:

The Certificate is set up so you can study part time while you work. There’s an online platform for distance students and you can get entry to the Certificate based on your professional training and experience.

Returning to study:

Many students return to university for postgraduate study after several years away. If it's been a while since you've studied, our liaison officers can help you get back into university life.

Programme requirements

For this programme you'll need to:

Complete four courses worth 60 points:

  • Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Restorative Justice Practice (RESJ 301)
  • Critical Issues in Restorative Practice (RESJ 302)
  • Restorative Approaches in Context (RESJ 303)
  • Directed Independent Study (RESJ 304)

Which department am I in?

Victoria Business School

Study options

Online/Distance (4 trimesters)

Tuition fees
NZ$29,215.20 (US$ 18,648) per year
Average full time (120 points): NZ $29,215.2

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 December 2019, 1 May 2020, 1 September 2020

More details

Start date

11 November 2019, 2 March 2020, 6 July 2020, 9 November 2020

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants will need to meet Bachelor's degree or equivalent in two teaching subjects, police check, references and selection meeting. English Language Requirements: IELTS overall band of 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5; or TOEFL 80 on the internet-based test; or Pearson Test of English: A score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50).

For international students

A Bachelor's degree (or to have almost completed one) or a recognised professional qualification, and some relevant work experience

To be accepted by the head of School of Government as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

Amongst the world’s 16,000 universities, Victoria University of Wellington ranks in the top 2 percent, and in the top 100 worldwide for 10 subjects.

  • QS Stars Rating of Excellence 2018 awarded Victoria 5 stars
  • Victoria Business School is globally recognised
  • First-ranked university in New Zealand for research quality
  • Wellington is a city filled with diverse things to explore