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New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) with Strands in Healthcare Assistance

This course is available


Level of Study



70 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Dec 2022


Open Polytechnic of New Zealand


This qualification will give you the skills and knowledge required to:

provide a person-centred approach that maximises independence

work with limited supervision under the guidance of your organisation

implement personal plans.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Healthcare Assistance strand may be employed as healthcare assistants in a range of contexts including acute care, primary care, aged residential care and therapeutic programmes.

What you will learn

When you complete this qualification you will be able to:

Recognise and respond to signs of vulnerability and abuse in a health and wellbeing setting

Demonstrate ethical and professional behaviour in a health and wellbeing setting

Recognise and respond to change

Provide person-centred care under the direction and delegation of a health professional

Entry criteria

To enrol in this programme you need to have NCEA Level 1, or equivalent. You must be able to access a minimum of 100 hours of paid or unpaid employment as a health care assistant or support worker. To demonstrate this you will provide a Workplace Agreement signed by your employer and have a workplace supervisor who can verify your work.

If you are 20 years of age or over and do not hold the minimum entry requirements you will be eligible to be enrolled where your previous educational, work or life experience indicates you have a reasonable likelihood of success.

Work experience requirements

To study this programme you need to be working in a relevant health and wellbeing context. This could include areas such as:

  • aged or acute care
  • community support
  • home-based support
  • respite care
  • mobile services
  • the youth development sector.

If you are working as a volunteer worker in a health and wellbeing setting, please contact us to check that you will be eligible to study this programme.

IELTS test – a General or Academic score of 5, with no band score lower than 5 or equivalent.

Cambridge English Qualifications – B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill.

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