New Zealand Certificate in Health & Wellbeing (Level 3) Health Assistance Strand

  • 14 February 2022, 11 July 2022
  • Level 3
  • 19 weeks full-time
    Available in New Plymouth (February & July) and Hawera (July ONLY)
  • FREE (TTAF funded)
    $POA - International Student

Qualification overview

Do you want to make a difference and help others? In this 19 week programme you will learn the skills to care and support people, family/ whānau and the wider community. You will learn how to recognise and respond to signs of vulnerability and abuse in a health or wellbeing setting and demonstrate ethical and professional behaviour in a health or wellbeing setting. Graduates will be able to provide person-centred care under the direction and delegation of a health professional.
Students are required to complete 124 hours in work placement throughout the duration of the programme. Competency for many of the programme’s assessments will typically be demonstrated in a workplace environment. To pass each course, the work placement component must have been met. This course is delivered 2 days a week and clinical placement is either Thursday or Friday with some 3-5 day weeks. 



Entry requirements

  • Open entry

Regulatory requirements may apply.

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools or other teaching institutions is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed such tests of English language competence as detailed in Policy and Procedure English Language Proficiency.

Required forms

Note: when you apply please make sure to complete an application before submitting these forms.

Additional Information Required

Health and Immunisation Declaration

Referee Reports (You must provide two referees. Examples include: teacher, doctor, employer, club leader, etc)

Police Vetting Form (External link. Note that this form will have to be emailed, or printed out and handed in to reception staff)

Special Admission Criteria

  • Criminal, Disciplinary and Health form declaration
  • Referee

Career Options

Graduates of the Health Assistance programme may be employed as Healthcare Assistants in a range of contexts including Acute Care, Primary Care, Aged Residential Care and Therapeutic Programmes.