New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Peer Support)

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Peer Support) (Level 4)

Become a Peer Support worker. Foster hope and build resilience, self-determination and autonomy. Focus on peer support tools, communication strategies, leadership and the power of your own story to support peers and whānau who are experiencing distress.

What you will learn

Before applying for this qualification please ensure you have read the COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

Designed for those working in the sector. The New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Peer Support) uses blended learning methods for delivery that combines face to face, online delivery and work-integrated learning. Students attend the polytechnic for eight two day block courses, with the remaining hours completed in the workplace. Workplace hours are a minimum of six hours per week and independent study is approximately nine hours per week. The New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Peer Support) will be delivered in collaboration between Kites Trust and Whitireia.

More detail about this qualification

Entry requirements


NCEA Level 1 or equivalent; employment or voluntary work in a related field for a minimum of three days/18 hours/week with evidence of manager support; evidence of suitability based on employer’s support/referees and safety checks, to meet relevant legislation.


Proven equivalence to domestic entry requirements and IELTS 5.5 (no band lower than 5.0), or equivalent.

Find your country's equivalent academic entry requirements here

*International fee displayed is for 1 year of study (equivalent to 120 credits) and does not include insurance and administration (approximately $924 per year of study).


Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all students applying for entry to a health or social practice programme are strongly recommended to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

How to apply

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

  • Completed supplementary application form
  • Referee report*
  • Verified ID
  • Verified official transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae

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. Please note applications will not be processed until the referee report has been received.

Mailed to:
Enrolments, Whitireia New Zealand
DX SX33459, Porirua 5022

Dropped into:
Enrolments, Whitireia New Zealand
3 Wi Neera Drive, Porirua

Funding your study

Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)

This programme is FREE under TTAF, covering; compulsory tuition fees, compulsory course costs and compulsory student services fees. Visit for more information about TTAF.

Offering institute

This qualification is offered by Whitireia.

From 2023, Whitireia and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. All programmes offered by Whitireia and other subsidiaries of Te Pūkenga are under review, to ensure they are portable, consistent and aligned with the needs of industry. The programme you have enrolled in may change over time.

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