New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing
(Social and Community Services)

(Level 4) 122 Credits

Certificate in Health

This programme aims to provide learners with the skills and knowledge required to work alongside people, family and/or whānau accessing social and community services, under broad guidance.


Learners who pursue this programme may already work in an entry-level role in the health and wellbeing sector but are looking to develop their skills and knowledge further. The programme is also targeted towards those who do not yet have experience, but who are looking to secure a role in the Health sector.


This Certificate programme is composed of theory, placement and self-directed study, and will provide the community health and wellbeing sector with graduates who are informed, passionate and socio-culturally aware.

Programme Content:


The programme integrates theory, placement and self-study. This provides learners with foundational knowledge, practice and experience that can be applied to various roles within the health and wellbeing sector.


The course content consists of a Unit Standard structure and various Modules, such as:


  • The health and wellbeing sector

  • Professional and safe practice

  • Reflective practice

  • Cultural Diversity

  • Collaborate with others

  • Specialist care - Dementia

  • Community Support Services

Delivery Options:


In order to ensure that this programme is accessible to various learners, there are two options for studying the Certificate programme:

  • Option 1: On-campus learning, plus a clinical placement of 300 hours at rest homes and hospitals

  • Option 2: A mix of online study and on-campus learning, plus a clinical placement of 700 hours at rest homes and hospitals.

Education Pathway:
Students may proceed to further study in:
  • New Zealand Certificate in Public Health and Health Promotion (Level 5)

  • New Zealand Diploma in Addiction Studies (Level 6)

  • Bachelor's degrees in related health and wellbeing subject areas

Employment Opportunities:
Graduates of the Community Facilitation strand qualification may be employed in:
  • Disability support
  • Diversional therapy
  • Housing and budget support
  • Information provision
Entry Requirements:
Domestic Students:
  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident

  • NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent)

  • or Hold a qualification in Healthcare or equivalent

  • or have a keen interest in Healthcare and successfully attend an interview

  • Must complete a police vetting form

  • Agree to undertake a volunteer work placement organised by Skill New Zealand if needed.

"Joining Skill NZ has developed my career a lot. My tutor was lovely and I really enjoyed my evening classes. The admin and management supported us through all the hardship that Covid-19 brought. I was working as a home-based childcare educator, but now I have a job in a retirement village as a HCA. I am so proud of myself. Thank you Skill NZ!

- Sofia Ditta