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NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing Level 3 with a Strand in Health Assistance

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23 weeks

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Want better pay? Increase your earning power in the healthcare sector by upskilling with this practical and fun Level 3 programme. Learn to use hoists and other equipment and gain four weeks of work experience in a clinical placement. The hours are great and we even help you find a job!

What will I learn?

Learn how to work within the responsibilities and boundaries of the carer role; be able to recognise and report risks and changes in a person; and learn how to communicate to support a person’s health and wellbeing.

You will cover:

  • Infection control practices
  • Manual handling
  • Personal care tasks
  • Tikanga practices
  • Risk prevention

In distance learning programme you will learn about:

  • Person-centred approach
  • Ageing and dementia
  • Diversional therapy
  • Vulnerability and abuse
  • Palliative care
  • Support for specific conditions
  • Pressure care
  • Communication

What qualifications will I gain?

  • New Zealand Certificate in Health and Well-being Level 3 with a strand in Health Assistance.

Where will this take me?

This qualification will land you a role in the healthcare field, or move up to the next pay bracket by staying on for our Level 4 Healthcare programme. Either way you’ll stand out from the crowd by having trained at Ignite Colleges!

Employment opportunities

Employment opportunities for healthcare support workers are good, thanks primarily to New Zealand’s aging population, and the increasing demand this is putting on our healthcare services. And while many care workers are employed in hospitals and nursing homes, there are also excellent opportunities in private home care companies, specialist care providers, church and welfare-based trusts, and home support services run by District Health Boards (DHBs).

Entry-level roles in the health sector include:

  • caregiver
  • healthcare assistant
  • home care support worker
  • hospital orderly
  • nurse aide
  • nursing support and care worker
  • personal care assistant

Entry criteria

If you are 16 years or older, and looking to provide high quality healthcare to the elderly, family/whanau or wider community, this programme is for you.

For Distance Learning: If you are 18+ years (on a work permit) and already working in the healthcare sector, this course is ideal for you to learn about providing high quality person-centred care.

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