New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services)(Whānau, Community and Social Services)

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

For people working in the community alongside individuals, family and/or whānau. Focus on developing autonomy and using tools and strategies to reduce vulnerability and build resilience. Develop skills in building relationships, leadership and cultural responsiveness.

Flexible study options

The New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Whānau, Community and Social Services) uses blended learning methods for delivery that combines face to face, online delivery and work-integrated learning. Students attend the polytechnic three days per course, with the remaining hours completed in the work place. Workplace hours are a minimum of six hours per week and independent study is approximately nine hours per week.

More detail about this qualification

Entry requirements


NCEA Level 1 or equivalent; evidence of suitability based on referees and safety check, to meet relevant legislation.


Proven equivalence for Domestic Entry Requirements plus IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with no band score lower than 5.5.

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*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
  • Referee report
  • Verified ID
  • Verified official transcripts

Give the referee report to a person who is willing to be your referees. 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. Alternatively, completed applications can be printed off and either:

Mailed to:

Enrolments, Whitireia New Zealand

DX SX33459, Porirua 5022

Dropped into:

Enrolments, Whitireia New Zealand

3 Wi Neera Drive, Porirua

Funding your study

*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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