New Zealand Certificate in Healthcare Level 3

New Zealand Certificate in Healthcare Level 3

  • Duration: 21 Weeks
  • Credits: 70
  • Campus: Manukau

Want to further develop your skills in the healthcare sector? Our Level 3 Healthcare programme is designed to help you make meaningful steps into the workplace!

Our Healthcare programme aims to develop your skills to work in a holistic manner as non-clinical health support worker. It will teach you the info needed to provide a high level of care to enhance the general wellbeing of those you care for and their respective families and communities. This programme will also prepare you for further studies, along with being eligible for the workplace with pay starting at $22.50!

What you will learn:

  • How to provide person-centred support in a professional manner to people and their families/whanau within their community

  • How to recognise changes in the people they are supporting and respond appropriately following ethical and professional guidelines

  • Use and maintain equipment to move people in a health, disability or aged care context

  • Understand the holistic needs of individuals in a health, disability, palliative or aged care context

There are no general entry requirements for this programme, however learners enrolling are expected to hold either NCEA Level 1 or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.

English language entry requirements: Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake the programme which is taught and assessed in English.


 HLTH3001 - Aging and Palliative Care - Level 3 - Credits: 15 

HLTH3002 - Professional and Cultural Aspects - Level 3 - Credits: 16

HLTH3003 - Equipment & Safety Practices - Level 3 - Credits 19

HLTH3004 - In the Workplace - Level 3 - Credits: 22


Graduates of this qualification may progress to:

- A range of qualifications in Healthcare from Level 4 and above 

Graduates of this programme will be able to: 

▪ Work within the responsibilities and boundaries a caregiver role
▪ Perform entry-level person-centred tasks and functions in a health or wellbeing setting
▪ Recognise and report risks and/or changes in a person and/or family/whānau
▪ Communicate to support a person’s health or wellbeing
▪ Progress to the next level of qualification


HLTH3001: Aging and Palliative Care (15 credits)
• Recognise and describe responses to vulnerability and abuse in a health or wellbeing setting.
• Describe the key principles of palliative care and a support worker’s role in a palliative approach to care.
• Describe the ageing process and its effects on a person’s lifestyle and wellbeing.

HLTH3002: Professional and Cultural Aspects (16 credits)
• Describe culturally safe Māori operating principles and values, and their application in a health or wellbeing setting.
• Describe the anatomy and physiology of systems and associated organs of the human body.
• Demonstrate and apply knowledge of professional and ethical behaviour in a health or wellbeing setting.

HLTH3003: Equipment & Safety Practices (19 credits)
• Apply health, safety, and security practices in a health or wellbeing setting.
• Move a person using equipment and care for equipment in a health or wellbeing setting.
• Support people to use assistive equipment and move in a health, disability, or aged care context.
• Describe a person’s holistic needs and their impact on a person’s health and wellbeing.

HLTH3004: In the Workplace (22 credits)
• Describe physical disability and the support needs of a person with a physical disability.
• Observe and respond to changes in a person in a health or wellbeing setting.
• Describe and apply a person-centred approach in a health or wellbeing setting.
• Support a person to use prescribed medication in a health or wellbeing setting.
• Provide person-centred care when supporting a person with early stage dementia in a health or wellbeing setting

Domestic Students: $3,033

Interested in applying for this course?