Course details

FREE | NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Support Work) [Level 3]
NZQF Level 3

About the course

Feel good about your career choice

Do you want to develop the skills to enable you to enable others? In this certificate you’ll be caring for and supporting children, adolescents and the elderly when they need it most. You could end up working in a hospital, or a residential or community setting.

When you’ve completed this certificate you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to care for a range of people in the community. EIT’s teaching staff live and breathe compassion and kindness, and will introduce you to ideas and theories within supportive learning environments.

You can study three days per week for 17 weeks or for those from within the health industry or appropriate workplaces there is a Monday-only option (offered subject to student numbers).


The NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Support Work) [Level 3] is a programme which offers stimulating studies and provides a pathway to a career in many aspects of health care and community support in roles such as care associate, rest home and/or residential community support staff.

This programme is designed to:

  • Enable you to pursue a professional career as support staff.
  • Prepare community support workers who are safe, competent and accountable in assisting people of any age in a health and disability setting.

Come in and have a chat about your study options with the staff at our Hawke’s Bay campus. Or, simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

The NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Support Work) [Level 3] introduces you to the health sector and provides an opportunity to work across a number of community providers and organisations. You can progress into other EIT programmes including the NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation [Level 4] (Nursing/Health or Social Work Pathway) or a Certificate or Diploma in Mental Health.

After you’ve graduated you’ll put your knowledge and skills to practice working with people from all walks of life. Your caring and compassionate nature will lend itself to assisting people with those simple everyday tasks many of us take for granted.

Graduate students have been successful in gaining employment in a variety of settings including:

  • Rest homes
  • Disability providers
  • Schools
  • Vocational settings

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairawhiti Campus

About the provider

The Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) offers you over 160 qualifications from certificate and diploma, to degree and postgraduate level at campuses in Hawke's Bay, Tairāwhiti (Gisborne) and Auckland. Or learn at one of our Regional Learning Centres situated in Hastings, Maraenui, Ruatoria, Waipukurau and Wairoa. EIT Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's most attractive campuses with superb architecture and shaded outdoor areas for study on warm days. EIT Tairāwhiti two campuses are located in the heart of Gisborne, near the Taruheru River, and you can get more central than EIT Auckland location on Queen Street! When you choose to study at EIT you'll get the kind of experiences that will help you gain the knowledge and skills to get ahead, whether you want to break into your chosen career or change direction in life.