New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3)

New Zealand has an ageing population meaning this is a growth industry which has an increasing need for workers to provide care and support services for the older person, the sick and those recovering from injury or operations.

Develop your knowledge and interpersonal skills to become part of the Health Care sector.

Health Assistance Strand

Work as a healthcare assistant to support and care for people in private homes, hospitals, general practices or rest homes in a range of contexts including acute care, primary care, aged residential care and other therapeutic programmes. There will be an element of online learning as well as a face-to-face component. The practical assessments will be undertaken on-site and in placement.

Download our New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) Brochure

To enrol online for your preferred trimester, click on the start date below.

Job Opportunities

There is a high demand for health care assistants.

The health care, aged care and community and disability sector will need 16,000 extra workers by 2022, according to the Industry Training Federation.

Programme Structure/Courses

The programme comprises six courses:

  • Course One: Protection of the Vulnerable
  • Course Two: Professional Expectations
  • Course Three: Risk Minimisation
  • Course Four: Person-Centred Care Practices
  • Course Five: Safe Practices
  • Course Six: Palliative Care Practices

Duration & Start Dates

31 weeks

Start Dates in 2023
Apply here for Trimester 1: 31 January 2023
Apply here for Trimester 2: 22 May 2023
Apply here for Trimester 3: 11 September 2023

Trimesters and scheduled breaks:
Trimester 1, 2023 - 31 January to 5 May
Trimester 2, 2023 - 22 May to 25 August
Trimester 3, 2023 - 11 September to 15 December

Entry Requirements

10 NCEA Level 1 credits in literacy and 10 NCEA Level 1 credits in numeracy, or

An academic qualification at least equivalent to the above

17 years old or over

Applicants with English as an additional language are required to provide proof of their English language competency.

Note: If you are 20 years of age or over and do not hold the minimum entry requirements you may be eligible to be enrolled where your previous educational, work or life experience indicates you have a reasonable likelihood of success. This will be determined through an interview prior to enrolment.

English Language (for international students)

A minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 5.0, or equivalent


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.

Applicants may have to undergo police vetting for entry into this programme.


International Students

2023 Programme Fees: NZ$9,650
Resource Fees: NZ$250
Total: NZ$9,900

Domestic Students

2023 Programme Fees: NZ$2,650
Resource Fees: NZ$250
Total: NZ$2,900

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$210 (7 months).

*All fees of $3,110 are fully covered by TTAF for NZ citizens and permanent residents.

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