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Certificate in Disability Support (Level 3)

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Level of Study



70 credit hours

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Graduates will be able to...

Show professionalism and ethical behaviour in a disability setting.

Employ effective communication and behavioural management strategies.

Apply knowledge of safe practice for medication assistance, safe handling, and infection control.

Use natural supports and community participation to support the independence of persons living with a disability.

Apply safe cultural practices and awareness of cultural differences in a person-centred care model.

Career Pathways

This programme aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to work in the disability sector or further study in health and disability.

Duration : 22 teaching weeks plus 2 study break weeks. Face to face learning activities / Clinical Placement are normally scheduled over 3 days per week.

Delivery : You can expect the following workload for the theory modules:

20 hours per week engaging in face-to-face learning activities.

10 hours per week completing independent study tasks.

For 5 of the last 6 weeks of the programme you will be required to complete 120 hours of practicum in a commercial disability setting (24 hours per week). The 6th week is for feedback activities relating to the practicum

Entry criteria

International students –

At least 18 years of age at programme start date.

Year 12 or 13 qualification or equivalent (high school) including at least one science subject.

IELTS 5.0 with individual no bands less than 5.0 or equivalent as per the English Language Proficiency Requirements for International students determined by NZQA.

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