Health and counselling

Goodbye fees, study health for free.

As part of the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) to rebuild New Zealand's economy, you can now study four of our health programmes for free^. 

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Get a career in an essential industry and make a real difference to people’s health and wellbeing.

Study one of our recognised qualifications in healthcare and you'll open the door to a rewarding career helping others make positive changes.

You'll learn how to care for people, families and entire communities. Whether you want to become a health support worker, mental health and addiction support worker or counselor, we can help you get there.

Our programmes will give you the skills and confidence to change lives.

Māori and Pasifika pathways

If you are of Māori or Pasifika descent and are passionate about making a difference to the health and wellbeing of your people you can get additional support on your study journey with Te Ara Oranga.

Learn with like-minded people in an environment that works around your needs and supports you to succeed. You’ll also get connected with future employers, opening doors to your health career pathway.

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Potential jobs
JobAverage salary»

$45k - $48k per year (new counsellors in schools of District Health Boards)

$57k - 99k per year (senior counsellors)

Community support worker

$30k - $35k per year (with less than 4 years’ experience)

$35k - $45k per year (with more than 4 years’ experience)

Community worker $40k - $75k per year
Health promoter $36k - $51k per year (with a certificate or diploma)
Nursing support and care worker $37k - $42k per year
Youth worker $17 - $33 per hour

»Sourced from April 2018

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your work experience or previous tertiary study may count towards achieving your qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at MIT is designed for those who already have the on-the-job skills and knowledge, but want to take their career to the next level with a qualification.

With RPL we can measure and match your existing skills against credits in our courses – creating a tailored path of study that will not only save you money, but also help you to complete your qualification faster.

To learn more about what our programmes can offer you, view our available programmes by subject area, or make an appointment to speak with us on 0800 62 62 52 or email

^Free study for this qualification may be available to you under the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Visit for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student and meet any other entry criteria as required. Some costs may also apply. Free study is subject to funding confirmation.