Bachelor of Counselling and Addiction Practice

Bachelor of Counselling and Addiction Practice

Make a difference with a career in counselling and addictions.

Programme outline

This three year applied programme is for people wanting to become addictions practitioners and counsellors. The focus is on applied practice in addictions and counselling, and the development of skills and knowledge that are valued, both in a range of occupations and professions and in the wider community. 

This programme develops graduates who are able to practice professionally according to the values and ethics of the Addiction Practitioners’ Association, Aotearoa-New Zealand (DAPAANZ) and the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).

More detail about this qualification

Course-related costs

This programme is delivered by blended learning (face-to-face and online learning), so you will need a computer/laptop and internet access at home. Please note your phone is not an appropriate device.

  • Stationary: $100
  • Computer/ Laptop: varies

Entry requirements


University Entrance or equivalent study/work experience; and evidence of suitability based on interview, health declaration; safety check and referee reports.


Academic IELTS 6.5 in each band, 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, Whitireia New Zealand, 3 Wi Neera Drive, Porirua

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: 24/4/2024

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