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New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) - Support Work

This course is available


Level of Study



17 weeks

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Wellington Institute of Technology


Become a caregiver or support worker with this health and wellbeing - support work programme. Focus on supporting those who need assistance in day-to-day living. Ideal for working as a carer for those with an illness, disability or mental illness.

Programme outline

This Level 3 Certificate is a full-time 17-week programme which is offered twice a year at the Petone campus.

What you will learn

  • Apply practical application of knowledge in workplace settings on work placement
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of professional and ethical behaviour
  • Understand and describe a person’s holistic health
  • Learn important communication skills
  • Learn how to respond to and recognise change.

More detail about this qualification

Programme structure

The programme uses blended learning methods i.e. a combination of face-to-face, online and work-integrated learning.

Students will need access to a computer and internet at home to support their learning and to be able to study at home should Covid-19 Alert Levels change.

Teaching and learning

For the first two weeks you will typically spend three days a week in class, this will then reduce to two days a week.

Work experience

You will spend approximately 2-3 days per week for ten weeks putting your skills into practice by completing supervised work experience (we will help you find a placement).

Some work experience agencies may require students to complete health screening before attending placement. These requirements will be discussed at interview.

Entry criteria

NCEA level 1 or equivalent qualification/work experience AND evidence of suitability based on an interview, health declaration, safety check under the Children’s Act 2014 and referee reports.

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