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 rest homes, or choose support work, ideal for working as a carer for those with an illness, disability or mental illness.


Health assistance

Develop the skills and knowledge required to provide person-centred health care under the direction and delegation of a health professional. Work in environments such as hospitals and rest homes.

Support worker

Develop the skills and knowledge required to provide person-centred support to those who need assistance in independent day-to-day living.

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 

Programme structure

You’ll typically spend one day a week in the classroom. Plus you’ll put your skills into practice with 220 hours of supervised work experience; we’ll help you find a placement. The programme is flexible to help you fit the course around family and work commitments.

Documents & Other Details

Programme Outline

How to apply

You will need additional forms and documents for your application, please read the steps and download the required forms through the link below.

How to apply

Entry criteria

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

Work experience agencies may require health checks before accepting the student on a work placement. These requirements are discussed with all potential students at their interview before acceptance onto the programme. 

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.

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