Work as a community health worker in child and whānau health. Focus on promoting health and well-being, working to build health literacy. Develop skills in building relationships, leadership and cultural responsiveness. Designed for those working in the sector. Delivered in partnership with Plunket.

Flexible study options

The New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) uses blended learning methods for delivery that combines face to face, online delivery and work-integrated learning. Workplace hours are a minimum of 18 hours per week and independent study is approximately nine hours per week.

More detail about this qualification

Whānaungatanga Building Relationships (30 credits)

This course develops skills and knowledge to enable students to build effective professional relationships with people, families and whānau, and community networks in a health or social service setting. Students will demonstrate an understanding of socio-cultural and historical factors that impact on health and/or social outcomes. Students will reflect on their use of appropriate communication strategies that are respectful of diversity and that demonstrate working in partnership with others.

Safety and Practice in Community Health Work (30 credits)

This course develops the skills and knowledge to project and promote health and support the development of health literacy when working with whānau and families. Students demonstrate an understanding of human development and health conditions relevant to tamariki ora well-child practice and reflect on ethical, legal and safety implications related to their community service role.

Trimester 2
Community Health Work Practice (30 credits)

This course provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge to work effectively as a community health worker in the delivery of well-child tamariki ora health and social services. Students demonstrate identified competencies for their specific role, including the ability to implement a health promotion strategy. Students reflect on their own practice including their responsibilities in working within a team and accountability across sectors to protect and promote whānau and family health and wellbeing.

Leadership and Cultural Responsiveness (30 credits)

This course develops skills and knowledge to enable students to provide culturally responsive care and advocate appropriately. Student demonstrates an understanding of their role in quality improvement and its impact on improving health and wellbeing. Students reflect on their own personal leadership and their ability to influence effective teamwork to work alongside and promote self-management and health literacy people, families and whānau.

Entry requirements


NCEA Level 1 or equivalent. Employment or voluntary work in related field for a minimum of three days/week.
Evidence of suitability based on employer’s support/referees and safety checks, to meet relevant legislation.


Proven equivalence for Domestic Entry Requirements plus IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with no band score lower than 5.5.**

How to apply

This programme is delivered in partnership with the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society.  Please contact to register your interest in the next available offering.

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