New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) - Health Assistance

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) - Health Assistance

Become a health assistant and have the opportunity to work in hospitals or in other areas such as personal care in retirement villages.

Programme outline

This Level 3 Certificate is a full-time 17 week programme which is offered twice a year at the Petone campus.

What you will learn

  • Apply practical application of knowledge in workplace settings on work placement
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of professional and ethical behaviour
  • Understand and describe a person’s holistic health
  • Learn important communication skills
  • Learn how to respond to and recognise change 

More detail about this qualification

Course-related costs

The following costs are approximate. Further information on how and where to purchase items will be provided when 2024 costs are confirmed.

Uniform polo shirt: $45
Name badge: $15
Black trousers and footwear that complies with health and safety regulations to be worn.

Entry requirements

NCEA level 1 or equivalent qualification/work experience AND evidence of suitability based on an interview, health screening, safety check and referee reports.

International: IELTS 5.5 (no band lower than 5.0), or equivalent.

*For fee exclusions, please see our terms and conditions.

How to apply

Before you start your online application, you will need to have the following documentation available to upload when requested:

*Give the referee report to someone who is willing to be your referee. Ask them to complete the forms and either return to yourself (so you can upload with your application), or scan and email to within 10 days. 

Alternatively, completed applications can be emailed to or dropped into:

Enrolments, WelTec, 21 Kensington Avenue, Petone

For international applicants - please email your completed application to

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Give yourself credit →

Use the knowledge you already have to fast-track your qualification. Workplace-learning, volunteering, professional development, other provider qualifications and online courses can be recognised as prior learning and put towards your qualification. Start by getting in touch with us, or find out more here.

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Last updated: 20/5/2024

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