Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Whānau Ora (Level 3)

  • Kokiri Centre (51 Macandrew Road, Dunedin)
  • Twenty weeks full-time (five days a week)
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply anytime

Arai Te Uru Kokiri Centre and Otago Polytechnic have developed this programme to train whanau and support workers to understand how to support each other and to uplift, listen to and help each other be successful. Graduates of this qualification will be able to work under supervision to apply knowledge of Māori philosophies and theories of Māori wellbeing. This qualification will prepare you for entry level work caring for or supporting people, from youth to adulthood.

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

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time; two years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • 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. This programme includes the following specialty strands in Community Facilitation, Mental Health and Addiction Support, and Social Services. Online delivery available by negotiation.

Te Taketake Diploma in Applied Addictions Counselling (Level 7)

  • Dunedin. [Note: Rotorua (Distance) 2020 intake is full.]
  • Two years; part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts March
  • Apply anytime

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.

Bachelor of Social Services (with specialties in Career Practice, Counselling, Disability Support and Coordination or Mental Health Support)

  • Dunedin
  • Three years full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

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!

Graduate Diploma in Social Services (Career Practice), (Disability Support and Coordination) or (Mental Health Support)

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time; three years part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • 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).

Health bridging certificate

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory block courses
  • One year full-time; part-time options
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and July* (*six-month, full-time option possible for those with advanced standing)
  • Apply now

Don’t have the academic requirements you need to enter one of our diploma- or degree-level healthcare programmes? No problem. By studying courses such as Function of the Human Body and an Introduction to Careers in Health, you will be well-prepared to apply for your chosen diploma or degree.

OSTC Sport, Exercise and Health (Level 2)

  • Dunedin
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Do you have a passion for helping people achieve their goals? Then our introduction to Health and Wellbeing programme could be for you! In this programme you’ll gain a variety of experiences that will enable you to try out a number of industries.

OSTC Sport Exercise and Health (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

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