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​Certificate in Social Services (Level 4)​


  • Semester 1 starts 7 February 2017
  • Ngaruawahia starts 9 February 2017
  • For one year full-time, part-time study available
  • Fee Guideline: $6,796 per year (International students: Please click here for fee information)(*Fee free in Ngaruawahia) 
  • City Campus, Hamilton​​

Are you looking for a career in the social services field? The Certificate in Social Services (Level 4) will give you a broad base of skills and knowledge for employment in this expanding industry.

This programme includes basic counselling and group work skills, knowledge of New Zealand law and the Treaty of Waitangi, and broader social and political issues. Basic Te Reo and tikanga as it applies to social services is also included.

This is an excellent introductory qualification that can start your career in the social services and also lead to further study in this field.

Please note that this course is offered fee-free in Ngaruawahia starting February​. Contact us for more information by filling out the online form at the bottom of the page. 


Certificate in Social Services Info Session (Ngaruawahia)

The choices you make now can impact your future so why not take that first step and study fee-free right in the heart of Ngaruawahia?

Tuesday 6th December 1pm to 4pm - Ngaruawahia Community House

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Programme Content

You will study:

  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Te Tiriti, Te Reo, me Ngā Whanaungatanga
  • Introduction to Social Services
  • Communication Skills
  • Working in Groups
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Purapura
  • Social Science Research
  • Law and the Social Services
  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Social and Political Issues
  • Responding to Violence and Abuse
  • A Case Study of your interest
  • Starting Practice

There are two awards to this qualification:

  • Certificate in Social Services (Level 4), awarded by Wintec, for which you must successfully complete all 14 modules.
  • National Certificate in Social Services, awarded by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, for which you must successfully complete every NZQA unit in the programme. Application and payment of relevant fees to NZQA is required.

Programme staff can advise you on studying this programme part-time over two to five years.

Career Opportunities

The Certificate in Social Services (Level 4) may lead to employment in the area of direct social services client support work. It is also a foundation programme that can lead to further study in the social services field in areas such as social work, community work, family / whānau support work and youth support work.

With this qualification you can apply to study the Bachelor of Social Work or the Paetahi Tumu Kōrero Bachelor of Counselling

Entry Criteria

  • Minimum of ​12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English, or
  • Equivalent qualification

Candidates are required to indicate whether they have been convicted of a criminal offence as some types of criminal conviction may limit the ability to secure practicum placements and therefore complete the programme.

Candidates are also required to indicate any health issues, or if they have had a physical or mental condition that may prevent them from participating in elements of the programme and that indication of any condition will allow the opportunity for appropriate support to be provided.

Special admission may be granted to candidates aged 20 years or over who do not meet the specified entry requirements. These candidates may be required to demonstrate an ability to successfully complete the programme through a process of an interview and / or assessment.

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0, with no individual band score lower than 5.5; or equivalent 100% transfer of credit is available for this programme (both formal transfer of credit and recognition of prior learning).

Download the full programme regulations:

Interested? Take the Next Steps​

​1. Check that you meet the entry requirements​. 
If you don't meet them, don't worry, there is still hope, get in contact with us to talk about it. 

​​There are pathways to help you get where you want to be. You could start with the Introduction to Study programme.

2. Understand the application process.

All applications require some supporting documents, however, you don't need to supply these immediately. You can begin an online application now and we'll get in touch with you at a later date to arrange the documentation.

A candidate’s identity must also be verified . You will be required to provide:

  • A primary identification document (original birth certificate,  ( NZ full birth certificate that is issued on or after 1 January 1998 and that carries a unique identification number. Note: if the birth certificate was issued before 1998 it can be verified by a Justice of the Peace. ) passport, citizenship certificate, NZ certificate of identification or a NZ firearms licence); AND
  • A second form of official identification that shows the claimed identity is used in the community (driver licence, HANZ 18+ card or IRD number); AND
  • One of the two forms of identification must be photographic, verified in person against the candidate.


Apply online or download and complete the application to enrol from

Supply the required documents in the online application checklist. All applications require some supporting documents, however, you don't need to supply these immediately. You can begin an online application now and we'll get in touch with you at a later date to arrange the documentation.

Complete the Centre for Health & Social Practice – Social Services Form

3. Apply. Get started online.


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