Bachelor of Counselling and Addiction Practice

Promote wellbeing and harm reduction to individuals, whānau and communities. Gain the skills and knowledge the industry is looking for and become a culturally-competent counselling and addiction practitioner. The programme uses blended learning with online and onsite block courses. Practise scenarios in the classroom. Complete work placements to gain experience.

Programme outline

The Bachelor of Counselling and Addiction Practice develops graduates who are able to practise professionally according to the values and ethics of the Addiction Practitioners’ Association, Aotearoa-New Zealand (DAPAANZ) and the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).

The programme uses blended learning, with online and onsite block courses, and incorporates integrated Counselling and Addictions practice to match with student, community, workforce and industry needs, as well as aligning with the Mental Health & Addiction Workforce Plan 2017-2021.

More detail about this qualification

Teaching and Learning

You are required to attend block courses as well as complete online learning, which you will need to self manage. This programme uses a blended teaching approach to enable the development of skills and knowledge. These may include active learning, self-directed, tutor directed learning, online learning, tutorials, workplace learning (practicum), simulated workplace learning, self and peer assessment, group work, professional supervision, reflective practice.


To gain a Bachelor of Counselling and Addiction Practice degree, students must complete practicum placement experience of 120 hours in year two and 120 hours in year three. One of these work placements must be in an addiction setting and the other must be in a general counselling setting. This provides students with the practice hours needed to obtain membership/ registration with NZAC, DAPAANZ, and NZCCA. Year 2 & 3 students must also complete five hours cultural supervision and twelve hours clinical supervision (supervision may incur additional costs of between $50- 120 an hour, payable by the student).

Entry requirements

University Entrance or equivalent study/work experience; and evidence of suitability based on interview, health declaration; safety check and referee reports.


Academic IELTS 6.5 in each band, or equivalent.

Suitability Requirements

Applicants who meet entry requirements are processed on an individual basis by members of the Selection Committee until course numbers are met. This process involves an interview to determine:

  • Preparedness for tertiary study
  • Ability to meet the registration/membership bodies’ requirements in terms of being fit for registration/ membership. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following qualities:
    • Effective interpersonal communication skills
    • Appropriate presentation
    • Maturity and Positive attitude
    • Commitment and motivation to succeed Suitability will also be assessed with reference to the applicant’s health/wellbeing, safety check* and referee reports.

*Safety Check: with the introduction of the Children’s Act (2014), all Bachelor of Counselling and Addictions Practice students, who may work with children during the course of their study, must be safety checked. Safety checking includes reference checking, work history, identity check, police vetting and an overall assessment of the applicant’s safety to work with children

How to apply

We recommend you apply online from the WelTec website.

Before you start your online application, you will need to have the following documentation available to upload when requested:

*Give the referee report to someone who is willing to be your referee. Ask them to complete the forms and either return to yourself (so you can upload with your application), or scan and email to within 10 days. Please note applications will not be processed until the referee report has been received. 

 Credit recognition

If you have relevant skills and knowledge through study or experiences in work or other activities, you may be able to receive credit for them when enrolling in a programme of study.  Credit recognition may not exceed two-thirds of your chosen programme, and cannot be attributed to practicum courses (CA5106, CA6205, CA7300). Information (including the Credit Recognition Application form and fees information) is also available here 

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