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New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support)

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support)

Level 4

Learn to provide advanced person-centred support to a person with complex needs, and to their family/whānau with UCOL | Te Pūkenga New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support).

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Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: UCOL | Te Pūkenga Horowhenua in Levin

Duration: 22 weeks full-time
(See Course Hours & Duration for details)

17 Jul 2023 - 15 Dec 2023

Domestic Fees: *
$2296.40Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

If you have experience in a health or well-being setting and are looking to gain additional knowledge and skills, study the UCOL | Te Pūkenga New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support).

You'll learn how to provide advanced person-centred support to a person with complex needs, and to take a leadership role in the workplace. 

Industry experience
There are 200 work experience hours for this programme.

COVID-19 Vaccination requirements

Some health and disability employers may require workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including those on placement. Check with your tutor or placement advisor to find out more. 

 Course Hours & Duration

This programme runs for 22 weeks, including 2 holiday weeks.

Per week, your learning will include approximately:

Class Time
17 hrs

In-person, online and in-work.
Industry Experience
10 hrs

Work experience/internship.
Study Time
8 hrs

Study in your own time.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of the  UCOL | Te Pūkenga New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) will be capable of working under broad guidance and may have some responsibility for the performance of others. Job opportunities may include:

  • Health care assistant
  • Senior caregiver
  • Senior health care assistant
  • Senior support worker in hospices or specialised dementia units
  • Aged residential care or home and community support settings.
This qualification builds on the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) in Health Assistance or Support Work strands, and may lead to further study in related health and wellbeing settings, or in leadership and management.
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries for Registered Nurses, see

 Course Information

Note: As a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL | Te Pūkenga is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.

From 2023, UCOL | Te Pūkenga and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga. So, if you join UCOL | Te Pūkenga in 2023, you will be awarded Te Pūkenga certification. And, if you are a current learner graduating in 2023, you will be awarded a co-branded certificate.

This programme consists of 70 credits. The courses include:

Advancing Clinical Collaborative Patient Management (20 Credits) (70 work experience hours)
Learn the clinical knowledge required to work in a collaborative health and well-being workplace environment.

Advancing Self-Management (30 Credits) (80 work experience hours)
Learn the essential skills of self-management, cultural competency and reflective practice skills in a health and well-being context.

Leadership (20 Credits) (50 work experience hours)
Learn to identify, apply and measure the success of leadership skills in a health and well-being context.

 Learning Facilities

From 2023 our nursing, medical imaging, social services, and healthcare ākonga will be learning in Te Whaioranga, the purpose-built healthcare education centre for UCOL Te Pūkenga Manawatū. This state-of-the-art learning environment enables our nursing, medical imaging, social services and healthcare ākonga to learn across disciplines and functions, familiarising them with real-world practices and ensuring they become ‘workforce ready’ graduates.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) in Health Assistance or Support Work strand


An equivalent qualification or experience in the health and wellbeing sector.

Acceptance into the programme is conditional on a student authorising UCOL | Te Pūkenga to obtain a background check from the New Zealand Police Licensing and Vetting Agency. Convictions of any offence may not necessarily exclude applicants from enrolment; the decision is at the discretion of the Programme Leader.

Students are also required to complete a Health Declaration Form.

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL).  UCOL | Te Pūkenga is a TOEFL testing centre.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.
English Proficiency Entry Requirements:
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent, including TOEFL) with a score of 5.5 (General or Academic), with no band lower than 5. IELTS scores must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL | Te Pūkenga is a TOEFL iBT testing centre

Applicants under 20 years of age:
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

Learners need to be aware of the physical requirements for operating in the workforce as a support worker. 

Work experience
There are 200 work experience hourse for this programme.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL | Te Pūkenga Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020, and Universal College of Learning Limited, a business division of Te Pūkenga is accredited to teach it.