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New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4)

Key information

Level of study:
Tuition fees:
1 year
Start date: 20-July-2020
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Course details


The one-year New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing provides students with the foundation knowledge, skills, and practical experience required to work alongside individuals, families and whanau accessing social and community services.

Students select from one of four strands as the focus of their studies:

Mental health and addiction support
Community facilitation
Community health work, or
Social services

A key benefit of this programme is the flexibility in how it is delivered. All students attend a two day induction on the Wintec City Campus in Hamilton at the start of the programme, and a one day marae experience at our Wintec Marae, Te Kopu Mania o Kirikiriroa in Hamilton. Students then have the option to study face-to-face with tutors and their peers one day a week (in Hamilton or in Tauranga) with the remainder of tutorials conducted online, or, to complete the programme of study online (Online study options are available to those currently employed in a relevant role within the sector).

All students must have access to a device suitable to access course material and complete assignments online.

To enhance their learning and develop professional practice, students also undertake 200 practicum hours in a work setting relevant to their selected strand.

Career/further opportunities

This qualification meets the requirements for the recent Care and Support Workers Pay Equity Settlement. Completion will allow employees and those seeking to enter the industry to follow a career path with qualification attainment linked to wage increases.

Depending on the strand you choose, graduate opportunities could include:

mental health and addiction support work
family violence support
social justice advocacy
community development work
refugee support
disability support
diversional therapy
employment, housing and budget support advisor
Tamariki ora support
field officers
health and wellbeing coaches
population health work

Further study

Bachelor of Social Work
Paetahi Tumu Korero Bachelor of Counselling

Entry criteria

Candidates are required to have:

  • Qualification equivalent to NCEA Level 1; or
  • A relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2 or above; or
  • Equivalent.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an academic International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT) score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36

Course variation

20-July-2020 - Wintec

Tuition fees:
1 year
Start date: 20-July-2020
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