National Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support (Level 4) (Closed to New Enrolments)

Qualification code NC1678

If you’re working in mental health and addiction services as a support worker (paid or volunteer), then the National Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support is the right qualification for you. Mental health and addiction support workers and volunteers help people with mental health and/or addiction issues and are employed by district health boards or the community. As an Open Polytechnic student, you’ll be able to work and live your life as you study this part-time programme which is designed to be completed over a period of 18 months.

Qualification Update

New Students

NC1678 National Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support (Level 4) is closed to new students.

If you are interested in studying a Level 4 qualification in this field, please click on the link to find out more about the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4)

Current Students

If you were already enrolled in NC1678 National Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support (Level 4) prior to 6 June 2017 with Open Polytechnic, you can continue to enrol in your next course to complete your qualification.

Please note, you must be enrolled in your last course by the April block in 2019, to complete your studies by November 2019. As a current student you will be entitled to the fees free offer detailed below.


Fee free offer

We are currently offering this qualification fee free. For information about how to enrol in the fee free offer, check out the Choose courses tab below.

Ensure you also read the terms and conditions under the Fee free offer tab.



  • Level 4  
    Credits 110 
  • Workload

    For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. This may be higher near assessment due dates.

  • Study type Open  
  • Cost $3,224 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will know about:

  • factors that contribute to mental health wellbeing and mental health and addiction problems
  • mental health disorders and addiction
  • the impact of mental illness and addiction on people and their families/whänau
  • the type and purpose of mental health and addiction services in New Zealand
  • the role, interventions and models used by mental health and addiction support workers
  • the law related to mental health and addiction services
  • engaging with people who use mental health and addiction services
  • involving families/whänau and other support people
  • developing wellness support plans
  • working safely and ethically.

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for a career as a support worker in the mental health, addictions or disability sector.

Further study

You may be interested in other qualifications offered at Open Polytechnic such as the Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing with a major in Mental Health and Addictions

Key dates

Our open courses are open for enrolment every month. Each open course starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment. You must complete your study within the given start and end dates.

See key enrolment dates

Assessment and exam

You will need to complete workplace-based tasks verified by your supervisor including workbook assessments that are assessed by Open Polytechnic tutors. The first three modules have two assessments each and the last two modules have three assessments each. There are no exams. Some assessments may need to be submitted online.

Information about assessment

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