National Diploma in Hearing Therapy

The National Diploma in Hearing Therapy is a two-year training programme run by Life Unlimited that will prepare students for a career in aural rehabilitation.

It aims to provide the hearing sector with a specialised hearing therapy workforce focused on the application of aural rehabilitation practice, including technical knowledge and skill, in clinical and community settings.

Aural Rehabilitation: “any device, procedure, information, interaction, or therapy which lessens the communicative and psychosocial consequences of a hearing loss”. Mark Ross, JARA, 1997.

The purpose of aural rehabilitation (hearing therapy) is to assist people with hearing loss to communicate effectively so that they can maintain their independence, and to lessen the impact of hearing loss on their daily life.

Programme Code: ND1007 Level 5 121 credits

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The training provided is predominantly competency-based, requiring the integration of adult aural rehabilitation theory with practice.

On successful completion of each of the 16 unit standards, Life Unlimited will report to NZQA and the credits placed on the trainee’s record of learning towards accreditation in the National Diploma in Hearing Therapy.

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Entry requirements

Candidates must be eligible to undertake industry training through Careerforce and must work under the direction and delegation of a health professional. Enrolment will be subject to the requirements included in Careerforce’s policies and procedures.

Learner Profile

We welcome enrolments from applicants who have a tertiary qualification or relevant work experience in health, education or disability.

Successful applicants must have access to a computer and the internet at home during the training period, and be competent in Microsoft Office.

Scholarships available

Life Unlimited offers selected applicants a scholarship in the form of a monetary grant to fill specific vacancies within Life Unlimited Hearing Therapy across New Zealand.

The scholarship covers travel to and from training venues, as well as meals and accommodation, for modules 3 and 6, and stationery and other incidental costs (amount to be confirmed).

On completion of Modules 1– 7, scholarship trainees who have met all assessment requirements are offered a position in the area for which they have applied.

Fee-paying trainees

This option is available to people who wish to undertake hearing therapy training with Life Unlimited, but who are not applying to fill an advertised Life Unlimited hearing therapist vacancy.

The course fee is $2,970.00 (currently under review) per year. The fee covers training, tutorials and assessment marking.

Workplace assessment will incur additional costs to cover assessor travel, accommodation and meal costs.

Fee-paying trainees must work a minimum of 20 hours per week in an approved workplace providing aural rehabilitation services to clients.

Final selection for training will be by interview at applicant’s own cost. Locality for interview is normally Auckland.


New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) – Qualifications and Standards

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