Bachelor of Counselling and Addiction Practice

Bachelor of Counselling and Addiction Practice

Make a difference with a career in counselling. Be able to promote wellbeing and harm reduction to individuals, whānau and community.

Programme outline

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

The Bachelor of Counselling and Addiction Practice develops graduates who are able to practise professionally according to the values and ethics of the Addiction Practitioners’ Association, Aotearoa-New Zealand (DAPAANZ) and the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).

The programme uses blended learning, with online and onsite block courses, and incorporates integrated Counselling and Addictions practice to match with student, community, workforce and industry needs, as well as aligning with the Mental Health & Addiction Workforce Plan 2017-2021.

More detail about this qualification

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.

Suitability requirements

Applicants who meet entry requirements are processed on an individual basis by members of the Selection Committee until course numbers are met. This process involves an interview to determine:

  • Preparedness for tertiary study
  • Ability to meet the registration/membership bodies’ requirements in terms of being fit for registration/ membership. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following qualities:
    • Effective interpersonal communication skills
    • Appropriate presentation
    • Maturity and Positive attitude
    • Commitment and motivation to succeed Suitability will also be assessed with reference to the applicant’s health/wellbeing, safety check* and referee reports.

*Safety Check: with the introduction of the Children’s Act (2014), all Bachelor of Counselling and Addictions Practice students, who may work with children during the course of their study, must be safety checked. Safety checking includes reference checking, work history, identity check, police vetting and an overall assessment of the applicant’s safety to work with children


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 for Health and Social Services Programmes
  • Referee report*
  • Verified ID
  • Verified official academic transcripts

*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. 

Credit recognition

If you have relevant skills and knowledge through study or experiences in work or other activities, you may be able to receive credit for them when enrolling in a programme of study.  Credit recognition may not exceed two-thirds of your chosen programme, and cannot be attributed to practicum courses (CA5106, CA6205, CA7300). Information (including the Credit Recognition Application form and fees information) is also available here.

Offering institute

This qualification is offered by WelTec.

From 2023, WelTec and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. All programmes offered by WelTec 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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