Train for a career in Health Care - Level 3 

Next intake commences:  Wednesday 9th June 2021

Course finish date:  Sunday 23rd January 2022 (includes a two week break over the Christmas holiday period)

Application Deadline: 9th May 2021

Are you in New Zealand on a visa and need a new training opportunity and a new career?

There is ongoing international demand for qualified Health Care Assistants. Apply for the Kalandra Certificate in Health Assistance (Aged Care) (Level 3) and graduate with the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) with a strand Healthcare Assistance.

Key Information

  • No previous experience necessary
  • 33 weeks training
  • Professional experienced lecturers
  • Training includes work placement
  • This is not delivered online. Students will need to attend class at our Central Auckland campus in Grafton.
  • The programme is designed for someone who is NOT a NZ Citizen or Permanent Resident

Please note:  The programme is for anyone in NZ on a visa (Student / Work  / Open Work ) who would like to train in the Healthcare sector.  The programme has an English Proficiency requirement of IELTS 5.0 overall with no band below 5.0 or equivalent.  Once accepted to the programme students will need to have a valid student visa or variation of conditions on their work visa to study at Kalandra in order to commence study.

Weekly schedule for intake commencing 9th June 2021

Wednesday:  5 hours directed learning

Thursday:  8.00am - 6.00pm classroom learning

Friday:  8.00am - 6.00pm classroom learning

What does the programme cover?

Students will begin with the following to prepare them for Level 3 study:

  • Infection control measures
  • Providing personal cares
  • Moving and handling the client
  • Supporting the nutritional needs of the client
  • Bed making

The training then progresses to the Certificate in Health Assistance (Aged Care) (Level 3)

This is an entry-level, NZQA approved programme which trains Health Care Assistants in general aged health care issues, professional practices, skills, knowledge and procedures. This training enables graduates to deliver the highest standard of care and support in a health and wellbeing organisation including home-care and other aged-care environments.

As a guide some of the issues, practices and skills covered in this programme are:

  • Professional Obligations: Identifying and recognising client vulnerability, abuse and challenging behaviours. Understanding obligation to provide protection and advocacy.
  • Professional Standards of Care: Safe practices including meeting basic personal care needs and risk minimisation. Verbal and non-verbal communication. Dealing with conflict. Advocacy and self-advocacy.
  • Responsive to Need: Holistic person-centred approaches to care. Understanding and responding to changing client needs.
  • Palliative Care: Basic approaches to safe and compassionate palliative care practices.

What Skills and Knowledge Will You Gain?

Graduates of the Certificate in Health Assistance (Aged Care) (Level 3) programme will understand:

  • How to apply professional, ethical standards and safe practices for the care of an older person.
  • How to address physiological and psychological needs, including those of palliative care.  
  • How to apply effective and appropriate communication.
  • Areas such as risk minimisation including safely moving a client, fall prevention and infection control.
  • How to recognise and respond to change including the provision of person-centred holistic care, incontinence, pressure injuries and safe swallowing strategies.
  • How to apply professional obligations to recognise and identify vulnerability, abuse and challenging behaviours,
  • How to deal with conflict, advocacy and self-advocacy and provide protection for the client enabling safe and compassionate palliative and general care practices.

Limited Special Offer – International Student Fee

Onshore Applicants Only - We are offering a heavily reduced international student fee to enable retraining for a future career in the Health Care sector.

The Covid response special offer is $4,000 (normally $12,000) plus $350 for Resources / Work Placement / Uniforms

Kalandra is also pleased to provide COVID-19 Hardship scholarships to onshore international students wanting to study The Certificate in Health Assistance (Aged Care) (Level 3).

Scholarship applicants must meet the below criteria and apply with supporting documentation to

Scholarship application criteria:

  • Applicants must agree to apply for a student visa for study at Kalandra.  Work visa holders are not eligible.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of previous recent academic achievements including transcripts.
  • Applicants must include an application statement of intent including their reason for applying for the programme, their goals in relation to working in the industry and an indication of why a hardship scholarship is required.

Scholarship detail:

  • Kalandra Education Group reserves the right to determine the amount of the scholarship to include all course related costs and up to 50% of the tuition costs.
  • Applications for the scholarship must be received by the programme application deadline.  Applications will then be assessed and applicants will be informed of decisions made.
  • A maximum of one scholarship per cohort will be awarded.  Kalandra reserves the right to not offer a scholarship if the scholarship applicants are deemed unsuitable.

To Apply

Please complete this application form and email with your passport, current visa copy and English proficiency results to:

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