Qualification and programme overview

This qualification aims to develop the skills and knowledge required for hearing screening of babies.

The programme includes both developing and/or recognising the following competencies in your staff:

  • Knowledge of causes of hearing loss in babies and risk factors for congenital and delayed hearing loss.
  • Knowledge of the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Early Intervention Programme (UNHSEIP).
  • Knowledge of the use and maintenance of screening equipment.
  • Carrying out newborn hearing screening for the UNHSEIP.
  • Knowledge of referral and habilitation for the UNHSEIP.
  • Recognising and responding to vulnerability and abuse.
  • Demonstrating professional and ethical behaviour.
  • Knowledge of culturally safe principles for Māori, Pasifika or other cultures.
  • Describing community values and attitudes and their impact on people with disabilities.

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


To enrol in the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) Newborn Hearing Screening Strand, please call 0800 277 486, email: or speak to your local Careerforce Workplace Advisor.

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Level 3

Ideal for

Newborn Hearing Screeners employed by DHBs and the Ministry of Health supporting the delivery of the National Hearing Screening Programme

Relevant for the following sectors

  • Healthcare Services
  • 61 - 62 Credits
  • 10 months
  • $860 (inc GST) FREE ENROLMENT* includes qualification fee plus cost of contracting a programme assessor.