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Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice


  • Start Dates: Please refer to the module that you wish to enrol in, in the 2018 Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice for individual start dates
  • Fee Guideline: $3,489* (per year) (this is guideline only, as the final fee may vary slightly depending on the modules selected)
  • One year full time or part-time equivalent
  • Hamilton City Campus

This programme will enable practitioners to undertake professional development and study, on a flexible basis. You will graduate as more capable learners with a greater capacity to work within specialised fields of practice within health and social practice.

You will also learn to build on strengths in knowledge, technology and relationships derived from the experience of practising in professional roles.

You will develop independence and creativity in thinking and decision-making that will inform your learning for future professional and work role challenges.

This programme will not lead to a health or social care professional registration.

Programme Content

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice is a 60 credit programme. The programme will have an inter-professional focus with you able to select modules and topics relevant to your area of practice.

Core Module:

  • 15 Credits - all students to complete

Elective modules:

45 credits to be completed


A. Core Compulsory Module: 15 credits – all students to complete

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-RequisitesAssessment Standard
HSEP701Using ePortfolios in Professional Practice​

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B. Elective Modules: 45 credits to be completed

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-RequisitesAssessment Standard
HSEP703Critical Inquiry​

HSEP702Using Digital Storytelling in Professional Practice​

SDCS700Introductory Supervision

HLCD701Diabetes Care

HLCX701Cervical Smear Taking​

HSMH701Complex and Long-Term Support in Mental Health and Addiction​*

HSMH702Acute and Complex Care in Mental Health and Addiction​*

NUPCD40Wound Care for Nursing Practice

FSSW707Family and Whānau Practice*

HSSW708Rural Social Work​*

FSCO705Working with Couples and Families/Whānau​*

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* These modules will not be offered in 2017

Programme Requirements

Every candidate for the Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice shall to the satisfaction of the Academic Board follow a programme of study for a period of normally not less than one semester full time or the equivalent in part-time study.

Each candidate’s programme of study shall comprise modules as specified in Section 7 of these regulations, totalling 60 credits.


If you have any enrolment questions, send them to​ and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

To discuss your pathway options within the programme and what modules would best compliment your area of work, contact the postgraduate team at


Next Step

To enrol you must have a relevant undergraduate (Health or Social Practice) degree or equivalent. Specific requirements such as current nursing registration may apply to individual programme modules.