NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Healthcare Assistance Strand) (Level 3)

NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Healthcare Assistance Strand) (Level 3)



You can develop your knowledge and level up your career to become a healthcare assistant. We can even organise a work placement for you. In 36 weeks part-time, you can gain a recognised qualification and pursue your healthcare career. This programme is ideal for people who are employed or who have worked in the sector.

Programme Summary

Level 3
70 credits
The indicative domestic fees are $3,881
Contact us for international fees
36 weeks part-time
23 weeks full-time
Who Can Join:
18 years & above
NZ Citizen / Resident visa holders
International students
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Gain a Level 3 qualification in 23 or 36 weeks

Study full-time or part-time

Learn to provide culturally safe, person-centred care

Make a valuable difference in people’s lives

You may be eligible for fees-free

We arrange your work placement

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This programme leads to successful careers as Healthcare assistants, Aged care workers, Support workers and Caregivers. 



High Job Prospects

The healthcare sector currently employs 55,000 workers, with about 8,000 vacancies. There is a significant demand for workers in this industry. 

In December 2023, Stats NZ reported a 5.3 percent annual increase in the number of jobs filled in the healthcare and social assistance industry.

The growing demand for healthcare workers is due to an ageing Aotearoa, New Zealand population, a shortage of nursing staff in hospitals, and an ageing workforce. Figures from Stats NZ show the number of people aged 65 and over has doubled since 1980 and is likely to double again by 2036, as the baby boomer generation moves into retirement. Currently, three-quarters of workers in aged care are over 45 and most fall in an age bracket between 55 and 64.


Source: Career ForceNew Zealand Herald, Stats NZ.

A foundation health-related qualification at Level 2 or equivalent.


A minimum of one year's full-time work experience or two years' part-time work experience. This may be as a volunteer.

Discretionary entry may be given to applicants over 20 who do not hold the above requirements (you will need to undertake an interview).

A police vet report with no convictions of concern and an immunisation record including all COVID-19 vaccinations.

If English is not your first language, you must provide:

  • New Zealand University Entrance OR
  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3) (General), OR
  • Overall IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
  • Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).

Human Body

You will be able to understand the function and structure of the human body and associated aged care conditions which impact changes.

Professional care

You will be able to apply knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and codes in a health and wellbeing setting to provide health and wellbeing services in an ethical and professional manner. You will apply a range of person-centred care practices and models of care, including managing and monitoring client conditions. You will also be able to recognise and respond to signs of vulnerability and abuse in a health or wellbeing setting.

Effective Communication

You will learn to communicate effectively in a culturally appropriate manner to support a person's health or wellbeing.

Equipment and Materials

You will become familiar with health and safety equipment and materials as well as an awareness of possible hazards and their management.

Options for further study include: 

  • NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4) (Advanced Support) or 
  • NZ Certificate in Health & Wellbeing (Mental Health and Addiction Support) (Level 4)

You will attend tutorials each week where you can ask your lecturers any questions about your assessments and learning.

Will this qualification be recognised in the healthcare sector where I will work?

Yes, this qualification is NZQA approved and recognised by New Zealand employers. 

I have so many commitments. I am concerned I may not be able to complete the programme.

Please feel free to reach out to our Student Services team and find out how you will be supported during your learning. 

What is the application process? 

You can find an easy step-by-step guide to applying and enrolling in a programme. 

Will I get help in finding a placement?

Yes, we have a dedicated team of placement specialists who will help you find a suitable placement.

What if I miss some classes?

You will have access to all the learning material on our learning management system, Moodle. We need you to attend at least 80 percent of the classes.

Will I be able to manage my time?

Feel free to reach out to your lecturer and our Student Services team for help setting up a study routine and maintaining a good study/life balance.

What devices and access do I need to access the programme content?

You will need access to a laptop, desktop computer or tablet and a reliable internet connection to complete this programme.

Do I need to have any computer skills?

Yes, you will need basic computer skills to be successful in the programme. 

What will my starting salary be if I gain this qualification?

You will be eligible to earn a minimum of $25 per hour under Pay Parity after graduating.

Do I have to do a work placement?

Yes, it is compulsory.

Is there cultural support for me?

Yes, we have fun activities and cultural events to celebrate the many diverse ethnicities at our campuses. You are also welcome to join our Māori and Pasifika committee for students.

Do I have to stay for the whole class?

We prefer you to attend for the whole class so you don’t miss out on important course information otherwise you might fall behind.

I am working as well as studying and I can’t attend every class. What should I do?

We prefer you to attend every class but if it is only for a short time, talk to your lecturer and our friendly Student Success team for advice.

Will I be able to gain my qualification if I am unable to complete my practicum due to  Covid-19 restrictions?

No, you will have to complete your Workplace Experiences (Practicums) to be awarded the qualification even if these are delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, including COVID-19 and other national emergencies.