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National Certificate in Health, Disability, and Aged Support (Core Competencies)

Start Date:  Please email studentadvisors@weltec.ac.nz regarding application to this programme. Duration: 17 weeks Full time  
Location: Petone and Auckland Level: 3
Fee: NZ $436  International $6,349*
*International Students must have a work visa and 'voc'
- variations to study.
Programme Code: NC1327
Credits: 60







Whether you are already employed within the care of the older person, disabilities, or other community support fields, or simply considering the support worker field as a possible career path, the National Certificate in Community Support is a great opportunity to develop your skills and gain a recognised qualification.

The National Certificate in Community Support (Core Competencies)is a foundational qualification designed for those working, or wishing to gain employment as a support worker in areas including care for the older person, intellectual disability or human Services. This programme will provide you with the knowledge, skills and best practises required within the industry.

Programme Content

  • Physical Safety - Support a person to meet their personal care needs in a health or disability setting.
  • Personal Development- Further your understanding of ethical behaviour, professional practise, and the role of a support worker in a health or disability setting.
  • Consumer Rights and Responsibilities- Gain knowledge in supporting a consumer's well-being and quality of life, engagement in the community, rights and responsibilities and self-advocacy, and culturally safe operating principles in a health or disability setting.
  • Risk Management- Learn to recognise and plan for risks within a health, disability and community setting.

Programme Delivery
Tailored to meet the needs of those working within the field of community support, the majority of your learning will take place in the workplace. You will be required to attend class one day per week and undertake self-directed learning outside of class hours. Self-directed learning includes the observation and implementation of key learning outcomes within the workplace,on-site supervised assessments, and additional self-directed studies outside of work hours.

Work Experience
You will be required to arrange work experience either in your current place of work (if appropriate) or in a voluntary role at an appropriate agency. This will be discussed with your tutors during your interview.

Training grants
Te Pou have provided a number of training grants to assist Ministry of Health contracted Disability Support Services with costs arising from an employees participation in approved national certificates or diplomas, including the National Certificate in Community Support (Core Competencies). We encourage the sector to make use of this great training opportunity and apply for grants as early as possible.

Please check Te Pou's website http://www.tepou.co.nz/training/disability-grant-funding/training-grants for more details about eligibility and to download application forms. Application forms will be available in Microsoft Word format, and will need to be emailed back to disability@tepou.co.nz with all sections completed. Assistance will be available for anyone who needs help filling out the forms.

Entry Requirements:


  • 10 NCEA Level 1 credits in literacy and 10 NCEA Level 1 credits in numeracy,
  • An academic qualification equivalent or superior to the above

English Language

  • A minimum score of IELTS 5.5 (in all skills) or equivalent
  • An academic qualification obtained in New Zealand, or at an institution where English was the language of instruction and assessment
  • If English is your second language, a minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 5 with no band score lower than 5, is required, or equivalent.

Other Work experience agencies may require a police and health check before accepting the student on a work placement. These requirements are discussed with all potential students at their interview before acceptance onto the programme.

Please note: dates, fees and other programme details may be subject to change.

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