Qualification and programme overview

This qualification is delivered as an apprenticeship that is well-supported and resourced with a team of Apprenticeship Advisors providing pastoral care and support.
The Apprenticeship in Peer Support is designed to provide specific skills, knowledge and attributes to support people, family and whānau with their aspirations as a peer support worker. The underpinning philosophy of the programme is to build a person-centred, critical thinking workforce.

The Peer Support programme includes developing the following core competencies: 

  • Understanding of the evolution of peer work and the peer work role, and peer work practices in Aotearoa.
  • Demonstrating a knowledge of kawa and tikanga and the ability to relate the unique place Māori have as tangata whenua in Aotearoa in their role.
  • Displaying self-awareness, reflective practice and personal leadership in the workplace.
  • Actively contributing to a culture of professionalism, safety and quality in the workplace.
  • Establishing a purposeful relationship with a person accessing support from a peer worker.

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Suitability criteria for programme entry

Please review the criteria for entry into this programme.

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* This programme presently has free enrolment via the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF)


To enrol in the New Zealand Apprenticeship in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4) (Peer Support), please call 0800 277 486email: or speak to your local Careerforce Workplace Advisor

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Level 4

Ideal for

People who have lived experience and working in a peer work or peer support role inclusive of all sectors such as:
• mental health and addiction
• disability
• family violence or sexual violence
• life-limiting or life-threatening conditions

Relevant for the following sectors

  • Disability Support
  • Healthcare Services
  • Mental Health & Addiction Support
  • Social Services
  • 120 Credits
  • 18 - 24 months
  • $2000 (inc GST) FREE ENROLMENT*