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Qualification and Programme overview

This programme has been in designed in consultation with people with lived experience, and a Careerforce Disability Advisory Group brought together for this purpose, to ensure that the disability sector was respected, represented and visible.

The programme aims to develop the skills and knowledge required of disability support workers in roles that provide person-centred support in the disability sector.

This Level 3 programme leads to the awarding of the following qualification:
New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) (Support Work strand).

This programme aims to develop the skills and knowledge of graduates to support and empower people in home and community settings. The Certificate in Health & Wellbeing
(Support Work – Disability) Level 3 is a more contextualised programme than the regular Support Work programme, giving the sector increased assurance that graduates have
knowledge and skills that apply to the disability sector. The certificate awarded to graduates will feature the description “Support Work – Disability”.

 

The programme includes developing and/or recognising the following competencies:

1. Applying knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and codes in a health and wellbeing setting to provide health and wellbeing services in an ethical and professional manner.
2. Recognising and responding to signs of vulnerability and abuse.
3. Communicating effectively in a culturally appropriate manner to support a person’s health or wellbeing.
4. Providing person-centred culturally appropriate health and wellbeing support to maximise a person’s independence.
5. Recognising and responding to signs of functional, behavioural, environmental or other health or wellbeing change in a person.

 

How is this programme delivered?

This Careerforce programme is delivered in the workplace and supported by the employer. Online learning and assessments are completed through Aka Toi, the Careerforce online learning platform, which enables the use of multimedia and interactive learning activities as well as theory content and assessment. Paper-based resources are available from the Careerforce Resource Library.

 

What is the enrolment criteria?

This programme is ideal for those with or without disability sector experience who want to enhance their specific disability support skills and capabilities. It can be used in multiple sectors wherever disability is prevalent. The learner can be working in residential, community-based or home-based settings.

Employers must ensure learners are given the opportunity to meet the graduate outcomes of the qualification.

 

Do you need more information?

Download qualification brochure

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the questions below to reveal the answers.  Please contact us via info@careerforce.org.nz if you have a question not covered below.

This programme is ideal for those people working in the disability sector, employed in such roles as disability support worker or community support worker. You might be employed in a professional support environment or in a person’s home helping with daily activities.

Employers must ensure learners are given the opportunity to meet the graduate outcomes of the qualification.

Both programmes lead to the awarding of the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) (Support Work strand)), though the certificate awarded to graduates of the Disability programme will feature the words Support Work – Disability.

Disability Level 3 is a more contextualised programme than the Support Work Level 3 programme, giving the sector increased assurance that graduates have knowledge and skills that apply to the disability sector.

Trainees gain their skills and knowledge through on-job learning. The core value of industry-based training is that it sets people up with the right experiences, skills and knowledge. Trainees can earn while they learn, gain nationally-recognised qualifications, will benefit by gaining recognition of transferable skills and knowledge that is valued across the health and wellbeing sector.

Online learning and assessments are completed through Aka Toi, the Careerforce online learning platform, which enables the use of multimedia and interactive learning activities as well as theory content and assessment. Trainees have the option to download the learning resources from Aka Toi, to allow them either to be read while offline or to be printed. Assessments are not downloadable from Aka Toi. Paper-based resources are available from the Careerforce Resource Library.

The programme should take approximately 12 months to complete.

Currently there are no enrolment fees for the Level 3 Health and Wellbeing Level 3 Support Work – Disability qualification (valued at $230 NZD).

The employer usually pays the fees for staff to enrol in these programmes. To enrol in a Careerforce programme, you must be currently employed, and have the support of your employer.

As part of Budget 2020, the New Zealand Government, announced its Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). This fund is designed to encourage and support New Zealanders to undertake vocational education and training in targeted areas. The fund removes costs for a wide range of level 3 programmes through to December 2022.

Contact

To enrol in the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) Support Work – Disability Programme, please call 0800 277 486, email: info@careerforce.org.nz or speak to your local Careerforce Workplace Advisor

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Level 3

Ideal for

  • Disability support workers ( experienced support workers or those new to their roles)
  • Caregivers

Relevant for the following sectors

  • Aged Care
  • Disability Support
  • Healthcare Services
  • Home & Community Support
  • 70 Credits
  • 12 months
  • $230 (inc GST) FREE ENROLMENT*