Study health and wellbeing for free^

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

Specialise in community healthwork or mental health and addiction support

Last chance!

Apply now for our July intake and TTAF will cover your fees^.

As part of the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) to rebuild New Zealand's economy, this programme is free^ until 31 December 2022. For terms and conditions, more information, and other programmes covered by this scheme, click here.

Programme highlights

Make a real difference to the health and well-being of the people in your community and get a career in an essential industry.

This health qualification empowers you to learn the skills and knowledge you will need to help people access community and mental health services.

This entry-level qualification is the best place to start if you want to develop a career supporting the health and well-being of others.

Specialising as a mental health and addiction support worker, this qualification allows you to work alongside people, family and whanau.


Choose your specialist strand

Community healthwork
Become a community support worker and support clients to maintain their independence by using relevant teaching tools and strategies to help them manage their health and wellbeing.

Mental health and addiction support
Become a mental health and addiction support worker and support independence of our people, family and whānau by using relevant teaching tools and strategies to foster hope, support recovery and build resilience.

This qualification includes a minimum of 200 hours of work experience.

VCA checking: When you apply for this programme you will need to undergo police vetting and VCA checking. This means you must provide two character references that attest to your suitability to work in a mental health or community support work setting.


Māori and Pasifika pathways

If you are of Māori or Pasifika descent then you also have access to Te Ara Oranga while studying this programme.

Te Ara Oranga will support you to succeed in a way that suits your needs and you will get connected with industry, opening doors to your health career pathway.

Learn more

Please note: In accordance with the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, Covid vaccinations are mandatory for workers in the healthcare sector.  Placement is a compulsory component of MIT’s healthcare programmes.  To go on placement in this sector, students will need to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to MIT. Students that hold a medical exemption that prevents them from being vaccinated are permitted to work in the healthcare sector, but will have limited placement opportunities in that sector. Students that are not vaccinated, or that do not wish to share their vaccination status with MIT, will not be able to go on placement in the healthcare sector. If you hold a medical exemption, or if you are unable or unwilling to provide proof of vaccination to MIT, your placement opportunities will accordingly be limited and MIT cannot guarantee availability with placement providers.  If this applies to you, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your options.

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT Manukau

Level 4
Domestic fees

Free^

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Youth Guarantee (fees-free*)

Not available

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Programme code NZ2992
Duration

Full-time for 1 year (34 teaching weeks)

Study method

Full-time

Credits 120
International fees Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*)

Not available

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Qualification leads to

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

with strands in Community Facilitation, Community Health Work, Mental Health and Addiction, and Social Services


Entry requirements

General

Be 17 years of age or older.

Academic

Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission into the programme:

  • NCEA Level 2 or equivalent;
  • For applicants 20 years of age and over there are no minimum academic requirements.

English language entry requirements

Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicant whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of their English language competency as follows:

English language requirements for applicants for whom English is a second language

Applicants for whom English is a second language (including international applicants) for the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules.

Regulatory and other entry requirements

This programme includes a minimum of 200 hours of work experience. The workplace can be embedded throughout the programme where a student is in a workplace environment.  Work experience can also be simulated where practical placements cannot be found. Or will be scheduled at the end of the programme to ensure the student has the necessary practicum experience to meet competence.

Employees and volunteers may be required to undergo initial and ongoing checks to ensure they are a fit and proper person to provide support in the health and wellbeing sectors.

Applicants of this programme will need to undergo police vetting and VCA checking.

Immune status requirements as per industry needs.

This programme adheres to and is consistent with the Health and Disability Commissioner (Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights) Regulations 1996, the Privacy Act 1993, the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, and any other legislative or contractual requirements to which the industry or role is subject.

Interviews

Applicants are required to attend an interview to determine their suitability for the programme. During the interview, the applicant will be assessed against the requirements of the Faculty’s policy for students accessing placements in the health context in terms of their suitability for placement in any strand of the programme. At the interview, the suitability of students to work with vulnerable populations will also be addressed to establish the students’ suitability. The Vulnerable Children’s Act will also be addressed during the interview process.

Provisional entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme or training scheme may be eligible to be enrolled. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements may also be eligible to be enrolled in exceptional circumstances where they can demonstrate capability for study at the required level. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School.

Programme structure

Within the first three weeks of commencing your programme, you will need to show evidence of your immunisation status (which will incur a cost) in order to enable you to go out to your practicum placement.

You will need to complete five compulsory courses and four elective courses from your chosen strand (120 credits):

Compulsory courses

721.405 Effective communication (15 credits)

This course will allow you to develop communication styles which respect socio-cultural identity and self-knowledge about other cultural identities.

721.406 Cultural diversity (10 credits)

You will demonstrate an understanding of cultural safety in acknowledging the role of Māori as Tangata Whenua.

721.407 NZ healthcare system (15 credits)

You will demonstrate an understanding of the NZ Healthcare System and relevant legislation.

721.408 Professional practice in the role as a support worker (15 credits)

This course will allow you to demonstrate professionalism in the health and wellbeing setting.

721.409 Safety and quality within the healthcare setting (15 credits)

You will contribute to gaining an understanding of safety and quality within a healthcare setting.

Courses related to your chosen strand

Community healthwork strand

724.426 The role of a community health worker (15 credits)

You will gain personal self-awareness, navigation and facilitation skills to perform effectively in a social services environment.

724.427 Health issues over the lifespan (15 credits)

This course will allow you to develop an understanding of the impacts of health conditions over the lifespan on clients and their whanau.

724.428 Identifying clients and whanau needs in maintaining wellness (10 credits)

You will conduct a needs analysis to identify barriers to clients and their family or whanau from achieving wellness.

724.429 Promoting health and wellness (10 credits)

This course will introduce you to the concept of health and wellness and health promotion strategies to improve health outcomes based on self-management.

Mental health and addiction support strand

724.409 Recovery in the context of mental health support work (10 credits)

This course will allow you to gain awareness and understanding of the principles and barriers to recovery in the mental health and addiction setting.

725.406 Mental health and wellness (10 credits)

You will gain an understanding of mental health and wellness in the New Zealand context.

725.407 The role of the mental health support worker (15 credits)

You will gain awareness and understanding of the mental health and addiction work setting and role of own self in a practice setting.

725.408 Experiencing the mental health setting (15 credits)

This course will allow you to gain a practical experience of working in the mental health and addiction work setting.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the health and counselling calendar.

Career opportunities

Community support worker, mental health and addiction support worker, and peer support worker. For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Further training or study

The qualification may lead to further study at Level 5, or bachelor's degrees in related health and wellbeing subject areas. It may also lead into leadership and management roles.

MIT is becoming Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, MIT will next year become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa. This means that while you’re applying with MIT now, from Semester 1, 2023 when you enrol you’ll become a Te Pūkenga learner.

The new system has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including the programme that you’ve enrolled with. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

As the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time. Rest assured that we’ll notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you’re studying, where you’re studying or the ways you’re learning.

Information is correct as at 21 April 2022. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2022 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2022 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2022 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2022 are based on the 2021 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2022. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.

^Free study for this qualification may be available to you under the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). If you’re enrolled in an eligible programme, TTAF will automatically cover your fees from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022. Visit https://www.tec.govt.nz/funding/funding-and-performance/funding/fund-finder/targeted-training-and-apprenticeship-fund/faqs-for-learners/ 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. Note: if your programme of study goes beyond 31 December 2022, your courses after this date will be subject to applicable course costs.  Please talk to us at that time though, as you might be eligible for fees-free study or other options to cover the rest of your tuition fees.