New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4)


Dunedin or Central Otago

One year full-time; two years part-time

On campus delivery or distance/online delivery by application

Dunedin: February
Central Otago: July
Until start date

Are you a positive and patient person who really wants to make a difference in the community? Do you have a genuine interest in supporting others to improve their quality of life? If so, choose to pursue a career in human service work.

Use this qualification to gain the practical knowledge and skills you will need to work in the human services field. Aligned with local industry needs and national strategies, this Certificate will allow you to develop specialty knowledge alongside general human service and academic skills; choose to specialise in mental health, disability or social services support work. This qualification also provides a perfect springboard into further study. Within a supportive environment, develop the skills and confidence to progress into higher learning and undertake a degree in social services or in an area such as nursing or occupational therapy.

Our graduates have a high employment rate and many are offered work during or after their fieldwork placements in the second semester. Fieldwork placements are an important aspect of your learning experience and, as much as possible, we aim to position you in a work placement that will enable you to pursue and meet your career and life aspirations. Depending on your specialty strand, you may find yourself supporting clients for the Special Olympics, working in a kaupapa Māori service, running a baking group or art activity in a day programme, working on a ward at a hospital, participating in an afterschool or holiday programme, working in elderly care or playing indoor football with a group of troubled youth.

This programme replaces the Certificate in Human Services (Level 4).