NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Support Work) (Level 3)

Study Options



17 weeks


Level 3

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Feel good about your career choice

Do you want to develop the skills to enable you to enable others?

In this programme you’ll be learning to care for and support children, adolescents and the elderly when they need it most.

You could end up working in a hospital, or in a residential or community setting. When you’ve completed this certificate, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to care for a range of people in the community.

Our teaching staff live and breathe compassion and kindness, and will introduce you to ideas and theories within supportive learning environments.


The NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Support Work) (Level 3) is a programme which offers stimulating studies and provides a pathway to a career in many aspects of health care and community support in roles such as care associate, rest home and/or residential community support staff.

This programme is designed to:

  • Enable you 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.

Your future career and study opportunities

NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Support Work) (Level 3) introduces you to the health sector and provides an opportunity to work across a number of community providers and organisations. You can progress into other programmes including:

  • NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Nursing/Health or Social Sciences Pathway)
  • NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Care and Support) (Level 4)
  • NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) with a strand in Mental Health and Addiction Support

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

  • Resthomes
  • Disability providers
  • Schools
  • Vocational settings




There are two entry dates per year and two study options:

Study options*:

  • One day option (Mondays)
  • Three days per week

Entry dates:

  • February – Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti only (Central Hawke’s Bay as agreed)
  • July – all locations (a one day option is available in Tairāwhiti as agreed by the lecturer)

* One day option is available in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti for learners from the health industry or appropriate workplaces (offered subject to learner numbers). Three day option available at all locations (Central Hawke’s Bay by agreement).


Entry requirements

English language entry requirements

Entry with credit

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. 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


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