Working in Mental Health & Addiction Support

Mental health and addiction support workers engage with some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable people. It’s vital that this workforce has the tools they need to provide quality support.

Careerforce offers a range of qualification pathways to upskill mental health & addiction support workers with nationally recognised qualifications via on-the-job training. These qualifications provide this workforce with the necessary tools to support others.


Explore our Qualifications in Mental Health & Addiction Support

The mental health & addiction support sector is looking for hard working and compassionate people to start or advance their careers. If you already work in the sector, find your qualification pathway, like the certificate in health and wellbeing Level 3, to grow your career.

Careerforce offers training for mental health workers from entry level through to more advanced levels. Browse the related qualifications below to find which mental health certificate or diploma is right for you.


Support your Mental Health & Addiction Support Workforce with On-the-Job Training

Careerforce can support organisations to enhance their workforce’s skills and knowledge through our well-resourced, on-the-job training programmes.

A Careerforce Workplace Advisor will work with you to determine which qualifications and programmes are right for your workforce. Together, we’ll develop a comprehensive training plan and discuss steps to set up your training. We will also guide you through funding opportunities to support the growth of your employees, such as the Mental Health Support Workers Grant.


My job is really rewarding.
I get to support someone to reach
their goals, and contribute
to doing good in the community

Tegan Coote | PACT Mental Health Support Worker

Find out more about the
Mental Health Support
Workers Training Grant

Mental Health
& Addiction
Support News & Articles

19 June 2020

Careerforce’s partnership with Yale empowers fe...

“This has been a vehicle for me to express myself. It’s given me hope, it’s empowered me. It has ...
25 October 2019

Street Jam: Encouraging talk about mental health

Originally published in Strength to Strength October 2019 and republished with permission In Balc...
10 October 2019

Careerforce partnership with Yale reveals need ...

Earlier this year, Industry Training Organisation (ITO) Careerforce, announced it was partnering ...
20 September 2019

Careerforce Celebrates 25 Years

On Thursday 19 September, Careerforce celebrated its 25th anniversary. On this day, back in 1994,...
18 September 2019

Growth through reflection

“I think if I hadn’t actually been doing a reflective diary I wouldn’t have had the same internal...
News Event
15 November 2018

Industry training is the better investment

'Via industry training, we are investing in skilled and passionate people,' says Careerforce Inte...
6 November 2018

New Employer Newsletter – Skills for Good

We’d like to introduce the first issue of our newsletter for employers – Skills for G...
21 September 2018

Celebrating our people! Careerforce staff clean...

Dapaanz (Drug & Alcohol Practitioners’ Association Aotearoa-New Zealand) is the professional ...
31 July 2018

Apprenticeships, but not as you know them

Tegan Coote is a young apprentice based in Invercargill. In doing her apprenticeship she doesn’t ...
12 June 2017

Increasing demand in mental health calls for ne...

A new programme hopes to meet the needs of increasing demands in mental health. An opportunity fo...
2 November 2015

Innovation needed to upskill the health and wel...

Careerforce introduces apprenticeship training in the health and wellbeing, disability, mental he...
17 September 2015

Kaiawhina Workforce Programme – Taking Action Now

Work is already underway in the health and disability sectors towards achieving the Kaiawhina Wor...

Contact us to see if
Careerforce can help
you with training in Mental
Health and Addiction Support