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Addiction education pathways tool

Want to work in Addiction Services?

This information will help you decide what type of work you want to do, and what training or qualifications employers prefer. Addiction Services employ people in a range of roles. The three most common roles are listed below.

How to Become an Addiction Support Worker

Qualifications

Training and qualifications aren’t always needed to start working as a Support Worker, but you will most likely need to gain this while working, with the support of your employer to ensure you gain the appropriate qualification for pay equity purposes. The NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services, NZQA Level 4) is the preferred qualification, particularly with the Mental Health and Addiction Support strand.

Endorsement

Addiction Support Workers may apply for endorsement from dapaanz (the professional association for people working in addiction treatment). To qualify you must be under the supervision of a dapaanz accredited supervisor.

Education Providers

The education providers listed below offer the NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services, NZQA Level 4) with the Mental Health and Addiction Support strand For the most up to date list of education providers please visit the NZQA website.

Ara Institute of Canterbury Ltd
Christchurch


Eastern Institute of Technology Ltd

Hawke's Bay


Future Skills Academy Ltd

Manukau, Royal Oak


Kalandra Education Group Ltd

Online


Manukau Institute of Technology Ltd

Manukau

North Tec Te Taitokerau Wānanga
Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Whangarei


Otago Polytechnic Ltd

Dunedin or Rotorua


Southern Institute of Technology Ltd

Invercargill or Queenstown


The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand Ltd

Online


Unitec New Zealand Ltd

Auckland


Waikato Institute of Technology Ltd

Hamilton City Campus, Online delivery, Ōtorohanga or Thames


Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki Ltd

New Plymouth


Whitireia Community Polytechnic Ltd

Porirua

Careerforce

Workplace based apprenticeship with online learning and support from advisors


Massey

Wellington

Funding for Fees

The scholarship and funding programmes listed below can assist people to access free or subsidised qualifications:

How to Become an Addiction Peer Support Worker

Training and Qualifications

Training and qualifications aren’t always needed to start working as a Peer Support Worker, but you may need to gain some while working, with the support of your employer. The NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services,NZQA Level 4)is the preferred qualification, particularly with the Peer Support strand. Other training available is listed below.


In preparation for peer training or being employed in a Peer Support role, it can be useful to have completed a workshop on wellness and recovery plans, such as WRAP: Wellness Recovery Action Plan.

Endorsement

Addiction Peer Support Workers may apply for endorsement from dapaanz (the professional association for people working in addiction treatment). In order to qualify you must be under the supervision of a dapaanz accredited supervisor.

Registration

Most employers require Addiction Practitioners to have, or be working towards, a professional registration. Addiction Practitioners may apply for registration with dapaanz (the professional association for people working in addiction treatment).

People with other relevant registrations, such as Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, and Counsellors are also sometimes employed into Addiction Practitioner roles.

Education and Training Providers

The training and education providers listed below offer appropriate courses related to peer support.

Careerforce
NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (strand in Peer Support)
Workplace based apprenticeship with online learning and support from advisors

Intentional Peer Support Aotearoa NZ
Intentional Peer Support Core Training, Intentional Peer Support Advanced Training, Intentional Peer Support Train-the-Trainer
A network of trainers provide training wherever arranged


Whiteria/ Kites Trust

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Peer Support)
Online


Ember: Korowai Takitini 

Peer Employment Training 
Manukau


R.I. International 

Peer Employment Training 
Employees based in Counties Manukau


Funding for Fees

The scholarship and funding programmes listed below can assist people to access free or subsidised qualifications:

How to Become an Addiction Practitioner

Qualifications

  • Will this be your first Bachelor qualification?

  • Is your Bachelor qualification relevant to working as an Addiction Practitioner? (e.g., social work, nursing, occupational therapy, medicine, counselling)

  • Is your Bachelor qualification applied?

A. Complete a relevant, applied Bachelor qualification.

If you don’t have a Bachelor qualification or your Bachelor is not related to addiction practice, you will need to complete one of the following types of qualifications if you want to become an Addiction Practitioner, registered with dapaanz:

1. An applied addiction qualification approved by dapaanz.

OR

2. A relevant, applied Bachelor qualification (e.g., in Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Counselling).

1. Applied Addiction Qualifications

The qualifications approved by dapaanz can be found on their website, with any conditions that are required. The addiction qualification offered by the Education Providers listed below have been approved by dapaanz for full registration.

N.B. The qualifications which include optional problem gambling papers are marked with an asterisk *

Education Providers with Addiction Qualifications (Applied, Entry-level):

WelTec
*Bachelor of Counselling and Addiction Practice
Porirua, Wellington


Moana House Training Institute

Te Taketake Diploma in Addiction Counselling (Level 7)
Dunedin and Rotorua


WinTec

Paetahi Tumu Korero Bachelor of Counselling (Level 7)
Hamilton (also in Nelson)


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Paetahi Tumu Kōrero Bachelor of Counselling (Level 7)
Nelson

2. Relevant, Applied Bachelor Qualifications

People can apply to be provisionally registered with dapaanz, on the basis of a relevant, applied Bachelor qualification. This usually includes Bachelor qualifications in Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy or Counselling. See the dapaanz website for more details about the definition of relevant, applied qualifications. To become fully registered with dapaanz, people with this kind of qualification will also need to complete one of the dapaanz approved addiction qualifications from section A (above) or B (below). https://www.dapaanz.org.nz/addiction-quals-for-full-registration.

B. Complete an approved addiction qualification

If your bachelor is relevant and applied (e.g., Bachelor of Social Work, Counselling, Occupational Therapy, Nursing) then your Bachelor will allow you to become provisionally registered with dapaanz. To become fully registered you will need to complete one of the dapaanz approved addiction qualifications (either applied or non-applied) at one of the following education providers.

Addiction Qualifications (Applied and Non-Applied):

University of Auckland
*Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Health Sciences in Alcohol and Drug Studies OR Master of Health Practice in Addiction Studies
Grafton, Auckland


Auckland University of Technology

*Graduate Certificate or Diploma in Health Sciences
Northcote, Auckland


Auckland University of Technology

Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters in Health Sciences in Mental Health and Addictions
Northcote, Auckland


WinTec

Paetahi Tumu Korero Bachelor of Counselling (Level 7) or Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice (with endorsement in Mental Health and Addiction)
Hamilton, Nelson and Tauranga


Moana House Training Institute

Te Taketake Diploma in Addiction Counselling
Dunedin and Rotorua


National Addiction Centre – University of Otago, Christchurch

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Health Sciences in Addiction and Co-existing Disorders
Distance Learning, based in Christchurch



Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Paetahi Tumu Kōrero Bachelor of Couselling- level 7
Nelson

C. Complete an approved applied addiction qualification

If you already have a Bachelor which is relevant, but not applied (e.g., Bachelor of Health Science, Psychology) you will need to complete one of the dapaanz approved applied addiction qualifications to become provisionally (and fully) registered.

N.B. The qualifications which include optional problem gambling papers are marked *

Addiction Qualifications - Applied:

University of Auckland
*Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Health Sciences in Alcohol and Drug Studies
Grafton, Auckland


WinTec

Paetahi Tumu Korero Bachelor of Counselling
Hamilton (also in Nelson)


WinTec

Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice (with endorsement in Mental Health and Addiction)
Hamilton, Nelson and Tauranga

Moana House Training Institute

Te Taketake Diploma in Addiction Counselling
Dunedin and Rotorua

WelTec

*Bachelor of Counselling and Addiction Practice
Porirua, Wellington


National Addiction Centre

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Health Sciences in Addiction and Co-existing Disorders
Distance Learning, based in Christchurch


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Paetahi Tumu Kōrero Bachelor of Counselling - Level 7
Nelson

Funding for Fees

The scholarship and funding programmes listed below can assist people to access free or subsidised qualifications:

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