NZ Cert in Health & Wellbeing (Social & Community Services) (Level 4) with strand in Mental Health and Addiction Support
No Fees under TTAF*
40 weeks full-time and 60 weeks part-time
Who can apply:
18 years & above , NZ Citizen / NZ PR
Royal Oak , Manukau
Next Intake:
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Highlights of the programme

You can fit studies around work by studying part-time or choose to study full-time. Develop your leadership skills and gain advanced technical skills to support people with complex health needs. This programme paves the way for further study in related health and wellbeing settings. 

Course Fees

This is a FREE programme due to TTAF (Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund) by the government in response to Covid-19 recovery. It would usually be $6,335 incl. GST. For more information, please clickhere.


Student loans and allowances are available for students who meet the StudyLink criteria. 

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Keen to care for people in the mental health and addiction sector? 

Learn to become a mental health and addiction support worker for people struggling with addiction, mental health or dementia. Those who have lived with mental health and are recovering are encouraged to apply for this 40-week full-time programme.  

Gain a level 4 qualification in 40 weeks:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) with strand in Mental Health and Addiction Support


  • Learners will preferably be currently working as a support worker / peer support worker in Mental Health or Alcohol and Addiction or have achieved a health-related qualification at level 2 or above: e.g. National Certificate in Health Disability and Aged Support (Foundation Skills) level 2, or NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing level 2. 
  • Learners without a health-related qualification or employment in the sector will need to have some experience working with others in a health-related context.This may be experience with self, whānau or as a volunteer. 
  • We welcome applications from Māori and Pasifika leaners as well as people with lived mental health and/or addiction experience including those with experience of supporting family/whānau going through recovery.  
  • Where none of the above apply, Learners may still enrol and be interviewed to consider their understanding of working in the mental health and addiction sectors and the requirements for completing the programme.  
  • We need to ensure that learners relate well to, and can work safely with, consumers / tangata whai ora within the mental health and addiction sector. Learners will be interviewed to assess suitability and readiness to work safely in the sector: 
  • Learners must declare any criminal convictions, current or pending charges in their application, and they will need to give permission for Future Skills  to complete police vet including disclosure under the Vulnerable Children’s Act 
  • Learners who are in recovery and /or living with a mental illness and do not have  a Wellness and Support Plan in place from their clinician or health provider, will be required to complete one to keep themselves safe, ensure they maintain wellness during their studies and practicum and have access to appropriate support should they become unwell or relapse. 
  • Prior criminal convictions are considered to ensure clients and their whānau are not put at risk.  Where there are recent convictions, acceptance into the programme may be dependent on receipt of a written undertaking from a work placement provider to accept the student on placement.  Applicants with any convictions relating to sexual abuse or abuse of children are automatically excluded and will not be accepted into this programme without written approval from the Academic Manager or Programme Manager, have a written undertaking to provide a work placement from a placement provider and have a Wellness and Support Plan in place. 
  • Employees and volunteers working within the health and wellbeing sector are required to undergo initial and on-going checks to ensure they are a fit and proper person to provide support including regular supervision. 
  • Learners may be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment prior to acceptance.  If English is your second language you may also be assessed on your English language speaking and listening skills. 

Future Skills recognises the importance of recruiting and training of Māori, Pasifika and consumer / tangata whai ora to the mental health workforce and will continue to be proactive in training these groups.  

Upon completion of this programme, you will gain a Level 4 qualification – this will enable you to undertake the National Diploma in Mental Health (Mental Health Support Work) (Level 6), if you wish. 

There are many places Support Workers gain employment, such as: 

  • District Health Boards 
  • Community Organisations 
  • Charitable Trusts 
  • Private Health Organisations 

Starting salary for a support worker with this qualification is $40,000 - $55,000, depending on experience. 

This course fees for this programme are $6,215 incl. GST. However, due to TTAF (Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund) by the government in response to Covid-19 recovery, this programme will be free. For more information, please click here.

Student loans and allowances are available for those who meet the StudyLink criteria.

Find out if you are eligible by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit

*TTAF refers to targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund

This is a 40 week programme taught over 34 weeks – with 6 weeks available as study breaks.



       Course Name

Block 1


MH 4-1

Hauora, cultural identity and colonization


MH 4-2

Mental health and addiction - issues and interventions

2 weeks break


MH 4-3

Person-centred care


MH 4-4

Support work practice

2 weeks break

Block 2


MH 4-5

The role of the mental health and addiction support worker.


MH 4-6

Reflective and culturally safe practice.

2 weeks break


MH 4-7

Professional and ethical practice