Otago Polytechnic

Health bridging certificate*

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory block courses
  • 1 year full-time; part-time options
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, 2018
  • Apply by November, 2017

If you don't have the academic qualifications required to enter a degree or diploma-level healthcare programme, these Certificates can act as a bridging option. They can help you meet the minimum academic criteria for application to the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5), Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Social Services and Bachelor of Applied Science. This year long programme is replacing the Certificate in Health (Level 4) from February, 2018. It consists of two separate Certificate qualifications - the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4)*. You will be enrolled in both of these qualifications at the beginning of the year.

Graduate Diploma in Social Services (Specialty)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time; 3 years part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February, 2018
  • Apply until start date

Want to broaden your Bachelor of Social Services degree with a second specialty? Or add a focused specialty to a generic degree? This one-year programme will enable you to gain a vocational specialty by working with clients and studying professional practice and theory. Upon successful completion, you will graduate with either a Graduate Diploma in Social Services (Career Practice), Graduate Diploma in Social Services (Disability), or a Graduate Diploma in Social Services (Mental Health).

Bachelor of Social Services

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Are you looking for a way to gain the necessary skills to be a capable and confident social services professional working in New Zealand? Want to become a counsellor, career practitioner or work in the social services, disability or mental health services? Look no further!

Te Taketake Diploma in Applied Addictions Counselling (Level 7)

  • Dunedin or Rotorua
  • 2 years; part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts 19 February, 2018
  • Apply now!

Offered through the Moana House Training Institute, this qualification will enable you to take up a professional role within the mental health and addictions sector. It is recognised by DAPAANZ (Drug and Alcohol Practitioners’ Association Aotearoa–New Zealand), the relevant professional body for addictions practitioners, and upon successful completion you can apply for professional registration with DAPAANZ

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4)*

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, 2018
  • Apply until start date

Gain valuable experience during a fieldwork placement and become equipped with the knowledge, skills and values required to work in human services in New Zealand and overseas. Online delivery available by negotiation.This programme includes the following specialty strands in Community Facilitation, Mental Health and Addiction Support, and Social Services.

Certificate in Mata a Ao Māori (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • Up to 3 years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts July, 2017
  • Apply anytime

This recognised tertiary qualification is ideal if your professional demands are such that an increased proficiency in matters Māori would be advantageous.

Introduction to Te Tiriti o Waitangi – credits towards the Certificate in Mata a Ao Māori (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 2 days
  • Starts 29 March, 5 July, 11 September or 21 November, 2017
  • Apply anytime

This two day workshop provides an environment in which you can explore the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its implications in a non-confrontational, collaborative process.