NZ Diploma in Addiction Studies (Applied) [Level 6]

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


1 year


Level 6

Make a Difference in your Community

NZ Diploma in Addiction Studies (Applied) [Level 6] programme is designed to provide the addiction sector with qualified workers who have specialist knowledge and skills required to contribute to, and where appropriate carry out assessment, planning and intervention for people with addiction-related conditions.

The qualification does not qualify the student for DAPPANZ registration. It is intended for learners who want to work in the addiction sector and those who want to build on their own relevant experience and gain, or be recognised for, the specialist knowledge and skills.


There is one entry date per year:

  • February

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

Graduates of this qualification will be able to work in a range of settings such as non-governmental organisations, justice/corrections, social services, residential and community.  Roles may include addiction support workers; caseworkers; alcohol and other drug, or problem gambling counsellors; care coordinators/navigators; programme facilitators; and night supervisors.


The NZ Diploma in Addiction Studies (Applied) [Level 6] programme offers you stimulating training, leading towards an advanced qualification as a Mental Health and Addiction Team Member.

Students are expected to have completed either the NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) with a strand in Mental Health and addiction studies or the National Certificate in Mental Health (Mental Health Support Work) or to have prior experience working in the health sector to enrol in this diploma programme.

This programme has a large practicum component and on-line learning opportunities alongside six, three day class room block courses scheduled regularly though the year.

This programme is open to all people who fulfil the entry criteria.

Subject areas: Building rapport and relationships; Health, Community and Sustainability; Recovery (Mental Health & Addiction) Issues; Professional Practice, Workplace Supervision, Ethics and Leadership; Integrating Māori Perspectives and Approaches.

You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff and to view our facilities.



Academic Criteria Required

  • Meet the NCEA Level 3, or provide evidence of achievement at an equivalent level. Or
  • Any approved qualification at Level 4 or above on the NZQF. Or
  • Attend an information session with a member of the academic staff and successful completion of the alternative academic entry test.

Information session

An information session is compulsory for those who do not meet the academic entry criteria and it is recommended for those who do meet the academic entry criteria. It will allow parties to exchange information about what the programme provides for students, and requires of students. Included will be discussion of possible career paths for the student, motivation, and physical and emotional requirements, and applicant’s abilities, background, experiences and interests. Attendance of whanau members and/or other support people is encouraged.

Alternative academic entry assessment

The alternative academic entry assessment will measure applicants’ literacy and numeracy ability to ensure that it is of a level to cope with the demands of the programme.

Professional criteria

All applicants are required to:

  • Sign a declaration and a request for personal information held on the Police computer.

If the declaration identifies any issue that may impact on the student’s ability to complete the programme, the student can discuss these with the Programme Coordinator at an information session. EIT reserves the right to decline entry to the programme should an applicant’s police record be such that they would be considered unsuitable for the type of work undertaken whilst on this programme or by graduates of this programme.  The guidelines on which this decision will be based are the relevant professional association or industry requirements.

Please note: If you are employed by a health industry provider you are not required to undergo a Police check.

Entry with credit

You may already have some knowledge or skills that can be recognized as part of your intended study. This may take a number of different forms including study while at high school, study at a private training establishment, workplace training, other tertiary study, life experiences or voluntary work. If you think you may qualify, you may want to apply for Cross Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning.

  1. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is based on the assessment of your current knowledge and skills. You would apply for RPL if you had gained the relevant knowledge and skills through life experiences and informal learning situations.

You will be asked to provide details of anything that you would like considered as credit toward your intended programme of study, as part of your application.

A student wishing to apply for RPL for a course normally must have been accepted for the programme at the time of application for RPL.

Enquiries about RPL can be directed to Cathy Mason, Programme Secretary, phone 06 830 1179.


Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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Hawke’s Bay Campus


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.