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New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing - Community Facilitation

Want to improve the lives of with people with disabilities? This programme is the perfect starting point for a career in community facilitation, where you’ll learn the fundamental skills needed to enable good lives for people with disabilities and their family/whānau.

120 (1.0 EFTS)
Start dates
February or July
Full-time for one year, part-time options available for domestic students.

Programme overview

In this programme, you’ll learn about common physical and intellectual disabilities in Aotearoa. You’ll use models such as the Social Model of Disability and Te Whare Tapa Wha to understand the needs of people with disabilities, the barriers they face in society, and how you can help them overcome these to achieve success.  

You’ll also discover and unpack the history of colonisation within te ao Māori and Pacifica contexts, and how this contributes to the barriers faced by people with disabilities today. You’ll then learn the skills required to start reducing these barriers.

You’ll also gain a good understanding of national community facilitation structures, funding models, and the roles and responsibilities of community organisations and facilitators within Aotearoa.

Please note: While this programme is full-time, you are only required to be on-campus for 3 days a week. The remaining time can be spent on self-directed learning or work experience.


  • You’ll learn by doing, by completing at least 200 hours in work placements in a community facilitation setting. This can be prearranged, or we can arrange a placement for you when you start the programme;
  • You’ll receive up-to-date knowledge about key legislation and policies, such as the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi;
  • You will learn more about yourself and others by examining different cultures, values, and attitudes around living with common disabilities;
  • You’ll learn key literacy skills which will enable you to be a highly skilled communicator and to create a trusted and open relationship with the people you work with, as well as their families/whānau, and community networks.
  • You’ll be taught by lecturers who specialise in community facilitation.

Where to from here?

If you want to continue on to further study upon successful completion of this programme, you could consider the Bachelor of Social Practice, where you’ll have the chance to become a registered social worker.

Admission requirements

Academic requirements

Please note: Future immunisations for COVID-19 may be required for all students in this programme. 

You will need to provide the following, at different points of your application process.

  1. Be at least 16 years old on the programme's start date;
  2. At least 4 years of secondary school education;
  3. At least one of the following academic requirements: 
    • 12 Level 1 NCEA credits in at least two subjects, or;
    • A pass in at least 2 School Certificate subjects, or;
    • A New Zealand Certificate in a relevant discipline at either Level 2 or Level 3, or equivalent 
  4. Consent to a Safety Check which meets the requirements of the Children Act 2014 (formerly known as the Vulnerable Children's Act) including: 
    • Provide two forms of verified ID and evidence of any name changes;
    • Consent to a Police vetting check;
    • Provide the names of two referees who Unitec can contact;
    • Pass a mandatory interview process;
    • Provide a Curriculum Vitae (CV) detailing a chronological summary of your work history for the past 5 years and the name of any professional organisations, licensing authorities and registration authorities that you have been, or are, a member of;
  5. Complete a self-declaration of criminal convictions and medical conditions form.

If you don’t meet the academic criteria above, we have a range of Foundation and Bridging Education programmes which will help you prepare for further academic study.  

English requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need at least 12 credits in English at NCEA level 1. 

If you don’t meet the English criteria above, we have a range of English Language programmes available, depending on your current level of ability. If you don’t meet these requirements, you may still apply under special or discretionary entrance.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Courses Credits Aim
Introduction to the Health and Wellbeing Sector (HCSP4401) 10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS) This course enable students to develop their preparedness for introductory work in the social, community and health service sector.
Knowledge for Practice (HCSP4402) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course will enable students to develop an understanding of relevant knowledge, theory and models that relate to working with people in the social service, community and health workforce.
Working with People (HCSP4403) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course enables students to develop and apply their understanding of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills and professional values and ethics when working alongside people with diverse needs and backgrounds.
Te Ao Hauora Maori (HCSP4404) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course will enable students to relate the history of Māori as tangata whenua and demonstrate knowledge of person / whānau interconnectedness/ whakawhanaungatanga to their own role in the health and wellbeing setting.
Contemporary Issues in Health and Wellbeing (HCSP4405) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course will enable students to develop knowledge and understanding of the diverse issues experienced in contemporary society of Aotearoa New Zealand
Community Facilitation Practicum A (HCSP4421) 20.0 credits (0.167 EFTS) This course will enable students to examine and apply skills, values and behaviours that are congruent with knowledge and theories relevant for entry to the community facilitation workforce in a support level role.
Community Facilitation Practicum B (HCSP4422) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS) This course will enable students to further develop, apply and integrate skills, values and behaviours that are congruent with knowledge and theories relevant to the community facilitation workforce in a support level role.