New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) - Health Assistance

Become a health assistance and work in hospitals or areas such as personal care in retirement villages, or choose support work, ideal for working as a carer for those with an illness, disability or mental illness.

Programme outline

This Level 3 Certificate is a full time 17-week programme which is offered twice a year at the Petone campus.


What you will learn

  • Apply practical application of knowledge in workplace settings on work placement
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of professional and ethical behaviour
  • Understand and describe a person’s holistic health
  • Learn important communication skills
  • Learn how to respond to and recognise change 

More detail about this qualification

Programme structure

The programme uses blended learning methods i.e. a combination of face-to-face, online and work-integrated learning. 

Students will need access to a computer and internet at home to support their learning and to be able to study at home should Covid-19 Alert Levels change.

Teaching and learning

For the first two weeks you will typically spend three days a week in class, this will then reduce to two days a week.  

Work experience

You will spend approximately 2-3 days per week for ten weeks putting your skills into practice by completing supervised work experience (we will help you find a placement).

Please note that placement times will vary, with morning shifts starting at 6:45am.  Some work experience agencies may require students to complete health screening before attending placement. These requirements will be discussed at interview.

Programme outline

Course related costs

Uniform polo shirt: $45
Name badge: $15
Black trousers and footwear that complies with health and safety regulations to be worn

Confirmed 2022 costs and instructions of how to order uniform etc. will be available on the School of Health Moodle page in September

Entry requirements 

NCEA level 1 or equivalent qualification/work experience AND evidence of suitability based on an interview, health declaration, safety check under the Children’s Act 2014 and referee reports.


Funding your study 

Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) 

These programmes are FREE under TTAF, covering, compulsory tuition fees, compulsory course costs and compulsory student services fees. Visit for more information about TTAF. 

How to apply

1. We recommend you apply online from the WelTec website.

2. 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. 

Alternatively, completed applications can be printed off and:

Dropped into:
Enrolments, WelTec
21 Kensington Avenue, Petone

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