- 28 weeks
- Level 3
- 70 credits
- $22.50 per hour (salary expectation)
- Course Information
- Industry Info
- 21 January 2019, 25 February 2019, 1 April 2019, 6 May 2019, 10 June 2019, 22 July 2019, 26 August 2019, 14 October 2019, 18 November 2019
Now enrolling for 2019 (distance learning). Please contact us to see if you are eligible.
Working in the healthcare sector already, but want to gain a pay rise through pay equity? Then gain your Level 3 qualification with us and earn $22.50 per hour! Upskill after hours with Ignite Colleges’ new Level 3 online Healthcare programme. You’ll get plenty of support from tutors and classmates through group chats, online discussions and drop in sessions at our campus. This is the ideal way to keep working, gain a qualification and advance your career.
Who can enrol?
If you are 16 years or older (18+ if you’re an international student on a work permit) and already working in the healthcare sector, this course is ideal for you to learn about providing high quality person-centred care.
What will I learn?
In this programme you will learn about:
- Person-centred approach
- Ageing and dementia
- Diversional therapy
- Vulnerability and abuse
- Palliative care
- Support for specific conditions
- Pressure care
What qualifications will I gain?
- New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing Level 3 with a strand in Healthcare Assistance
Where will this take me?
Enhance your career opportunities by progressing to our Level 4 programme. Either way you’ll stand out from the crowd by having trained at Ignite Colleges!
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about this course
How many credits will I receive?
The New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing Level 3 with a strand in Healthcare Assistance is NZQA-approved and worth 70 credits.
Is this qualification recognised for pay equity in the health sector?
Yes, it is.
How much does this course cost?
This programme may be free for you. Please speak to our Student Services Team (0800 200 345) to find out if you are eligible. Fees for international students are $6,995.
How long will it take me to complete?
This is a 28-week distance course.
What do I need to have to apply?
You need to be at least 16 years old (18+ if you’re an international student on a work permit) and already working in the healthcare sector. Please call the Student Services Team on 0800 200 345 to find out how to enrol.
What extra things do I need if I am on a work permit (International student)?
You need to be at least 18 years old and already working in the healthcare sector. You will need to have an IELTS of 5.0, with no band score lower than 5.0. You need to have a valid work permit/visa.
Do I need to be employed in the Health and Wellbeing sector to do this distance programme?
Yes, your employer will need to fill out a simple form as part of the enrolment process.
I’ve never done online distance learning before and worry about not having classmates to talk to. Can I speak to my tutor or other students?
Yes, there are online discussions involving other students in your class. You will be able to speak to your tutor on the phone and contact your tutor by email. You can also drop into Ignite Colleges to meet with your tutor.
Because I’m working shifts will I miss any of the content?
You will have online access to all content, so you will not miss content due to your work hours. Instead you can study at times that suit your schedule.
Will I be able to manage my time?
Please speak to the Student Services Team on 0800 200 345 to discuss how to manage your time and balance study with your other commitments.
What devices and access do I need?
You need to have:
- a mobile phone
- access to a computer or a laptop
- a Gmail address
- access to the internet
- access to Whatsapp
Do I need to have computer skills?
- You need to have basic computer and internet skills to participate effectively in this course.
- You will be required to undertake basic searches using Google, YouTube or others.
- You will need to know how to use Microsoft Word to complete assignments.
What will my starting salary be if I gain this qualification?
You will start on $22.50/hour. This is the same salary as someone without a qualification who has been working in the healthcare sector for 3 to 8 years!
Healthcare workers provide assistance, support and care to people in need (such as the aged or disabled) in a wide range of health, welfare, residential and community settings. The work they do fills a crucial role in society and is becoming even more critical as New Zealand’s population becomes increasingly older.
By 2021, 34,547 people are estimated to be working as personal carers and assistants in New Zealand – that’s up 0.9 percent from 2013. Employment in the sector is expected to remain stable out to 2026. According to a 2015 Ministry of Health survey, healthcare support workers are predominantly female (91 percent) and have an older age profile than other New Zealand workforces, with 54 percent of workers aged between 45 and 64. In addition, the survey found most support workers were employed part-time, working an average of 21 hours a week. Late nights, early mornings, weekend and shift work is common.
What makes a great healthcare worker?
Most people enter the healthcare sector because they are passionate about helping others and dedicated to making a meaningful difference in their communities. Having empathy and a kind and caring nature is a must. But there are several other skills and traits that help to make an exceptional healthcare worker. These include:
- good customer service skills
- first-aid knowledge
- knowledge of health and safety standards
- patient, tolerant and compassionate
- organised and responsible
- skilled at listening and communicating
- able to relate well to people from a range of cultures
- able to follow instructions
- fit, healthy, strong and free of back problems
Employment opportunities for healthcare support workers are good, thanks primarily to New Zealand’s aging population, and the increasing demand this is putting on our healthcare services. And while many care workers are employed in hospitals and nursing homes, there are also excellent opportunities in private home care companies, specialist care providers, church and welfare-based trusts, and home support services run by District Health Boards (DHBs).
In 2017, pay equity in the sector took a giant leap forward, with the passing of the Care and Support Worker (Pay Equity) Settlement Act, which removed wage discrimination based on gender for 55,000 care and support workers – and led to pay rises of 15-50 percent. Linking pay rates to qualifications, the Act encourages workers to increase their qualifications, and helps New Zealand build a more highly training workforce.
The new wage rates are being rolled out over five years and as of July 2018, healthcare support workers with a Level 2 qualification earn $21/hour (the same as an unqualified person who has been working in the sector for three years); those with a Level 3 qualification start on $22.50/hour (the equivalent of someone who’s been working for eight years); and a Level 4 qualification starts you on $24.50/hour, the same as an unqualified worker who has been in the sector for 12 years.
Entry-level roles in the health sector include:
- healthcare assistant
- home care support worker
- hospital orderly
- nurse aide
- nursing support and care worker
- personal care assistant
Once in the industry, there are plenty of opportunities for progression and specialisation. Go onto degree-level studies and become a registered nurse, become a health promoter in the local community or within a government agency, or move into an administrative or managerial role in a hospital or private healthcare organisation.
Here's a profile of our awesome healthcare tutor Mehak
After several years running her own private dental practice in India, dental surgeon Mehak sold her practice and moved to New Zealand for a new adventure. Although she was originally planning to practice dentistry here, life Down Under has taken her in an unexpected and “far more rewarding” direction. Through working as a youth worker, a disability worker, and a teachers’ aide in a special needs school, Mehak has tapped into her love of teaching. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health at AUT (to add to her Bachelor of Dental Surgery), and prior to joining Ignite Colleges she worked for another tertiary provider as a Level 6 Healthcare Management tutor.
“Being a dental surgeon is very lucrative, but I am finding teaching far more satisfying. I love sharing my knowledge with my students and really enjoy the classroom dynamics. The students have such rich experiences to share – I love the exchange of energy! My classes are lively and interactive, and we laugh a lot. Healthcare is a great sector to get into in New Zealand because it’s fast-growing. Our students are getting great jobs after studying with us. The more they learn about healthcare, the greater their opportunities are.”
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