New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) with Health Assistance Strand or Support Work Strand.xml New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) with Health Assistance Strand or Support Work Strand

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CertificateFull time - 23 weeks, part time is available up to 2 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code





January, April, July





Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street


Help meet the growing demand for qualified care professionals.

This qualification is designed to give you transferable skills and knowledge valued across the health and wellbeing sector, including specific skills needed to work as a health assistant or support worker. It covers interpersonal communication (with clients, their whanau and other professionals), medication administration, infection prevention and control, socio-cultural diversity, health legislation and understanding human needs to form a holistic approach to care. When you graduate you'll be capable of working under limited supervision under the guidance of health professionals and/or to personal plans.

Please note: while studying, students are required to be employed a minimum of eight hours per week as either a health care assistant or support worker.

Credit recognition

Credit Recognition may be available for this programme. If you’ve previously completed study in this area please contact the relevant academic department for cross credit/credit transfer options. If you’ve gained related skills and knowledge through work experience, talk to our Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 70 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • This programme has open entry. English language requirements may apply.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
  • Part time students will need to be employed in the health and support industry and full time students will be required to source a work placement of at least 12 hours per week to meet the requirements of this programme.

    Students may be required to undergo initial and ongoing checks to ensure they are a fit and proper person to provide support in the health and wellbeing sectors.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note : Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an application form
  • provide evidence of employment/work experience of minimum of 12 hours per week
  • provide written evidence of employer support

If you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

As New Zealand's aged population grows, employment opportunities in residential facilities and in the community are increasing significantly. This certificate meets the needs of new legislation requiring workers in care roles to be qualified and accredited. If you graduate with the Health Assistance strand, you can work as a healthcare assistant in areas such as acute care, primary care, aged residential care and therapeutic programmes. If you graduate with the Support Work strand you may be employed in a range of community roles supporting the elderly or people with disabilities to maximise their independence.

Study pathways

Further study options in health and wellbeing include the level 4 National Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support and the level 4 Certificate in Human Services.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Numeracy