This qualification is not associated with professional registration or a clinical scope of practice.
The New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) Level 4 comprises 120 credits.
There are 288 work experience hours in the programme. It is strongly recommended that all students wanting to do the programme seek advice from the Programme Lecturer.
UCOL is able to organise limited work placements at the beginning of the academic year. Acceptance into these placements is conditional on a student’s completing a Statutory Declaration and the Department of Courts Criminal Record Check to allow the release of any criminal history to UCOL, and on the results being satisfactory. Convictions are not necessarily a barrier to entry, but may affect a student’s ability to complete workplace requirements and therefore gain the qualification.
UCOL will undertake a safety check of all students after enrolment to ensure UCOL meets the legislative requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act, 2014. If the student has a practicum/placement with services for health or disability where there are clients under 18 years of age, UCOL will do this on behalf of the providers who host UCOL students. The safety check involves confirming the student’s work history, verifying their suitability to work with children with a trusted referee, and completing New Zealand Police vetting.
All students in placements organised by UCOL are required to follow the mental health service provider’s policies and procedures and UCOL’s student workplace protocols.
Required and recommended reading material will be specified in the course outline provided by the lecturer at the beginning of the semester. Students may use texts and other books, journals, on-line databases, and the Internet to increase their awareness and knowledge of the subject material.
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 or unit standards have already been met.
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you
- 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
- A completed Police Declaration Form
- 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.