NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support ) [Level 4]

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


One day per week for 17 weeks


Level 4


Do you want to further develop the skills to enable you to enable others? In this certificate you’ll develop the knowledge and skills
to maintain a safe work environment, be an active team member and behave in a professional manner within a health and wellbeing

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

Note: To enrol on this programme you must be working in a relevant sector and have completed a Level 3 qualification.


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

The NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) [Level 4] introduces students to the health sector and provides an opportunity to work across a number of community providers and organisations. Students can progress into other EIT programmes including the NZ in Certificate Study and Career Preparation [Level 4] – Hauora or Social Services, or the Certificate or Diploma in Mental Health.

Graduate students have been successful in gaining employment in a variety of settings including:

  • Disability providers
  • Schools
  • Vocational settings
  • Aged Care Facilities
  • Allied Health Professions


Feel good about your career choice

Completion of the NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) [Level 4] is designed to enable graduates to:

  • Work collaboratively to support the health and wellbeing of a person with complex needs.
  • Implement person-centred approaches to support a person with complex needs.
  • Take a leadership role in a health or wellbeing setting.
  • Enable graduates to pursue a professional career as support staff.
  • Prepare community support workers who are safe, competent and accountable in assisting people of any age in a health and disability setting.

Come in and have a chat about your study options with the staff at our Hawke’s Bay campus. Or, simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.

Entry Criteria

Academic Criteria

You must have completed a Level 3 Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Support Work) or equivalent qualification. You must also be currently employed in this sector.

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.

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 (5.0 Academic with no band score lower than 5.0), completion of accepted international equivalents, or completion of an EIT assessment.

Entry with Credit
NZQA Units

If you already have NZQA units that are listed in this qualification, and they are registered on the NZQA Framework, the units will be credited to you. Units must be the same number. Verification must be provided in the form of a copy of your Record of Learning from NZQA before the credits are granted.

You may already have some knowledge or skills that can be recognised 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.

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

You must apply prior to enrolment. RPL and Cross Credit cannot be awarded for a course if you are enrolled in that course. For further information and enquiries about RPL and Cross Credit please contact the Programme Co-ordinator, New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support), phone 06 830 1378.

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
Tairāwhiti Campus