health and wellbeing

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

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) with strands in Mental Health and Addiction Support, Social Services, Community Facilitation, Community Health Work


Course details

  • Aug 2019
    Feb 2020
  • One year
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $2500 per year
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 4
  • Hamilton City Campus or Online delivery


The one-year New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing provides students with the foundation knowledge, skills, and practical experience required to work alongside individuals, families and whānau accessing social and community services.

Students select from one of four strands as the focus of their studies:

  • Mental health and addiction support
  • Community facilitation
  • Community health work, or
  • Social services
A key benefit of this programme is the flexibility in how it is delivered. All students attend a two day induction on the Wintec City Campus in Hamilton at the start of the programme, and a one day marae experience at our Wintec Marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa in Hamilton. Students then have the option to study face-to-face with tutors and their peers one day a week (in Hamilton) with the remainder of tutorials conducted online, or, to complete the programme of study online.* (*Online study options are available to those currently employed in a relevant role within the sector).

All students must have access to a device suitable to access course material and complete assignments online.

To enhance their learning and develop professional practice, students also undertake 200 practicum hours in a work setting relevant to their selected strand.

​View programme modules

Group A: Core compulsory modules


Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
COMC409​Introduction to the Health and Wellbeing Sector410  
COMC410​Preparing for Practice415COMC409 
COMC411​Te Ao Hauora Māori415COMC409 
COMC412​Contemporary Issues in Health and Wellbeing415COMC409 
COMC413Working with People415COMC409 
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Group B: Mental Health and Addiction Support strand compulsory modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
COMC414Mental Health and Addiction Support Practicum 1420COMC409 
COMC415Mental Health and Addiction Support Practicum 2430COMC409 
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Group C: Social Services strand compulsory modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
COMC416Social Services Practicum 1420COMC409 
COMC417Social Services Practicum 2430COMC409 
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Group D: Community Facilitation strand compulsory modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
COMC418Community Facilitation Practicum 1420COMC409 
COMC419Community Facilitation Practicum 2430COMC409 
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Group E: Community Health Work strand compulsory modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
COMC420Community Health Work Practicum 1420COMC409 
COMC421Community Health Work Practicum 2430COMC409 
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Career/further opportunities

This qualification meets the requirements for the recent Care and Support Workers Pay Equity Settlement. Completion will allow employees and those seeking to enter the industry to follow a career path with qualification attainment linked to wage increases.

Depending on the strand you choose, graduate opportunities could include:

  • mental health and addiction support work
  • family violence support
  • social justice advocacy
  • community development work
  • refugee support
  • disability support
  • employment, housing and budget support advisor
  • Tamariki ora support
  • field officers
  • health and wellbeing coaches
  • population health work
Further study opportunities

Frequently asked questions

How much time outside of class will I need to spend on study?

In addition to class time and online tutor directed learning, students are also need to complete independent learning – in total the mix of study time will add up to about 40 hours per week

Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you meet one or more of the below options.

Based on your school achievement (secondary study)​

  • 40 credits at NCEA level 1; including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits at NCEA level 1; ​
  • Or a recognised equivalent. ​

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • A relevant course at New Zealand qualification level 2; ​
  • Or a recognised equivalent. ​

Based on your work experience (on the job)​

If you can demonstrate relevant knowledge, skills and experience that you have gained through work experience, that will help you to be successful in the programme.​

Based on discretionary entrance

If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an academic International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

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Health and social practice pathway diagram

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our Welcome page.

All students starting August 2019 – including students studying in Hamilton, Tauranga and Online

Two day induction:
Date: Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 August
Time: 10am-5pm
Venue: Wintec Hamilton City Campus, G Block, Events Room 1

What you will need

Pen and paper to make notes.
Smart phones, laptops, and or, any other portable devices that you may be going to use to complete your studies.

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking. Find out about discounted bus services here.

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs


You will be required to pay for your own travel and parking when undertaking practicum placements.

Please note, that while you are on placement you will need access to a computer and the internet so you can undertake assessment and communicate with your tutor etc.

Additional information


Students on HS1801 NZ Certificate in Health & Wellbeing programme are not required to purchase any text books.

All required texts for this programme will be provided to the students by teaching staff.

Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

Health status


Wintec is required by law, under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, to safety check students enrolled in programmes that include placements where they could be working with children or young people under 18 years old.
The safety check will be completed at your induction and will require you to complete an NZ police vetting form, a questionnaire and provide the contact details of a referee we can email, as well as additional forms of ID (one of which must be a photo ID).
If you would like more information about the Vulnerable Children Act or the safety checking process you can visit



Clinical placement

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