Health and Counselling

Make a real difference to people’s health and well-being.

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 counsellor, we can help you get there.

You’ll be supported to succeed throughout your journey. At the Manukau campus, you will have access to a Kaiawhina, a Pasifika support person, a Whanau and a Mā Tātou room.

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

Subject areas

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Certificate of Proficiency

Keen to study a stand-alone course?

At MIT you can apply to study an individual course to gain proficiency in a specific area. Our Certificate of Proficiency options allow you to study an individual course without enrolling in a full programme.

Find out what Health and Counselling courses are available to study as a Certificate of Proficiency.

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

Why choose MIT?

At the School of Health and Counselling at MIT Manukau we believe in our students and their potential to make a valuable contribution to healthcare at all levels. We want you to succeed, and pride ourselves on the positive learning environment and support we offer you.

Our close working relationships with hospital and community agencies ensure our students have valuable access to a wide range of quality work placements. As a result, our graduates achieve a high rate of employment.

These range across many sectors including hospitals, aged care facilities, Primary Healthcare and Mental Health organisations, the community, schools and other government organisations.

If you see yourself in a career in health we can help you get there.