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NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) [Level 4] with a strand in Mental Health and Addiction Support

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


1 year


Level 4

Make a Difference in your Community

In this certificate you’ll be supporting and assisting people who are consumers of a range of services, both residential and community services based.

When you’ve completed this certificate you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to care for a range of people in the community. EIT’s teaching staff live and breathe compassion and kindness, and will introduce you to ideas and theories within supportive learning environments


There is one entry date per year:

  • February

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

In the diverse mental health and addiction environment, support workers provide a variety of services to clients within a range of health and community settings.

Possible jobs and career opportunities exist within:

  • Community-based support services
  • Day programmes
  • Iwi health providers
  • Mental health and addiction support services
  • Peer support
  • Residential support services
  • Volunteer sector

Further your study with the NZ Diploma in Health and Wellbeing (Applied Practice) [Level 5] and the NZ Diploma in Addiction Studies (Applied) [Level 6].


The NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Service) [Level 4] with a strand in Mental Health and Addiction Support is a full-time, one-year programme, which offers you stimulating studies. This qualification provides a pathway towards a career in many aspects of mental health and addictions.

This certificate is an initial qualification if you wish to enter mental health or addiction support work, assisting consumers/tangata whai ora to develop and implement individual lifestyle or support plans. This programme is open to all who fulfil the entry criteria.

Part-time options will be considered following discussion with the Programme Coordinator.

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 1 Literacy and Numeracy Requirements, or provide evidence of achievement at an equivalent level; 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 on possible career paths for the student, motivation, physical and emotional requirements, and applicant’s abilities, background, experiences and interests. Attendance of whānau 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 NZ Police Vetting Service Request and Consent form.

This request is consistent with industry expectations and the type of work undertaken whilst on the programme or as a graduate of the programme.

If the declaration identifies any issue that may impact on the applicant’s ability to complete the programme, the applicant 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.

English Language Entry Requirement

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must have an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to enrolment in the programme. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction, completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3), approved scores on IELTS tests (5.5 Academic with no band score lower than 5), completion of accepted international equivalents, or completion of an EIT assessment.

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 previous study, workplace training, life experiences or voluntary work. If you think you may qualify you are welcome to apply for Cross Credit (CC) or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

  • CC is based on the equivalency of courses or qualifications. You would apply for CC if you have passed a very similar course at the same level.
  • 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.

For further information and enquiries about CC and RPL please contact the Programme Secretary, Raewyn Ashby, on 06 830 1860.

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.

Find out more:

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 scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call in for a chat.