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

Be a caregiver or support worker. Focus on support work to help those who need assistance in independent day-to-day living. Gain work experience in hospitals and rest homes.

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.  


Specialise in health assistance to work in hospitals or areas such as personal care in rest homes. Or choose support work, ideal for work as a carer for those with an illness, disability or mental illness.

Health assistance

Work in environments such as hospitals and rest homes.

Support worker

Support those who need assistance in independent day-to-day living. 

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. It’s flexible to help you fit the course around family and work commitments.

Documents and 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 interview, health declaration, safety check under the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2015 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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