The National Youth Agency ensures the quality and development of professional youth work training in England. We achieve this through validating and monitoring professional qualifications (degree level and higher) at universities and higher education institutions.
Gaining a qualification which is validated by us will ensure that your course is checked for quality. Find out more about a career in youth work.
Our work is overseen by the Joint Negotiating Committee. More information on the role of the Joint Negotiating Committee.
As part of our role monitoring qualifications we produce annual reports on validated training programmes for youth workers. As well as ensuring students receive a good standard of learning, the reports create a picture of the developing workforce and highlights shifts and changes in trends. Read the NYA annual monitoring report 2019/20 by downloading the PDF and infographic below:
Professional validation of Higher Education programmes
In order for Higher Education Institutions to offer programmes that confer professionally qualified status for youth workers their courses must cover particular requirements that the National Youth Agency sets out. We have published a series of papers which detail these requirements; these are available in our resource library.
Professional validation in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland
We validate professional training programmes in England only. Programmes validated in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland have mutual recognition arrangements in place so if your programme is recognised as professional status in one UK nation it will be recognised in all through processes agreed by the Joint Education Training Standards Committee.
For information on youth work and youth work training in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland contact: