Community Health Worker

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Community Health Worker


About this course

Further Education & Training Certificate: Community Health Work (NQF Level 4 / 64697)

Course duration: 12 Months


This Qualification is for any individual who is, or wishes to be, involved in Ancillary Health Care services. A learner who has achieved this qualification will integrate a range of awareness and competences to practice the roles of health promoter, health provider and health networker within a community development context. Learners working towards this Qualification will find that the acquisition of competence in the Unit Standards, which make up the Qualification, will add value to their work performance.


This Qualification is intended to enhance the provision of entry-level service within the field of health care within all sectors. Learners who complete this qualification will have better self and social awareness and will possess a range of thinking and problem solving skills. In addition, they will possess the competence required to perform community health functions in a complex developing world context. They will have the skills required for employment by a range of government and social sector employers, will be in possession of a further education and training certificate and will be eligible for certain credit recognition in various higher education health qualifications.


Qualified learners in this field will provide a service that will assist communities to better manage their own health and wellness. They will have the skills to work as team members and as providers of support services within a multidisciplinary health care team.


This course is ideal for the candidate who does not have a grade 12 qualification, but would like to enter a career path in the healthcare field. Learners with a grade 12 pass has an added advantage. Learners who complete the full qualification and skills programme will possess the competence required to perform ancillary health functions in the healthcare field.

  • Community Health Work Level 3
  • Grade 11 with passes in Mathematical Literacy and English
  • Possession of Grade 12 is an advantage
  • Computer Literacy at NQF Level 3 is strongly recommended

The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component. To be awarded the Qualification, learners are required to obtain a minimum of 156 credits.


The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:

  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 to the value of 16 credits.
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 in a First South African Language to the value of 20 credits.
  • Communication in a Second South African Language at NQF Level 3 to the value of 20 credits.
  • It is compulsory therefore for learners to do Communication in two different South African languages, one at NQF Level 4 and the other at NQF Level 3.
  • All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.


The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 84 credits, all of which are compulsory. The Unit standards in the Core Component will equip the learner with the essential skills and knowledge required to effectively perform the Ancillary Health Care function. The Core Unit Standards consist of competencies relevant to managing individual and team performance to achieve health care objectives, examining the effects of fatigue in the workplace, assisting with the facilitation and implementation of primary health care projects within a community, including conducting a needs assessment and advocating campaigns to support these projects.


The Elective Component consists of a number of Unit Standards. Learners are to choose a combination of Unit Standards to the minimum value of 16 credits.

  1. Assist in planning and implementing promotion programmes for Health Care within communities.
  2. Assist in the facilitation and implementation of primary health care projects within the community.
  3. Achieve ancillary health care objectives within own community/work context.

In addition this qualification contributes to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large, by making it the underlying intention of any programme of learning to make the individual aware of the importance of:

  1. Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively in order to maximise the community health competences in other spheres of life and in other functions.
  2. Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts in liaising with other stakeholders in the performance of his/her function in order to ensure community participation in health care.
  3. Participating as a responsible citizen in the life of local, national and global communities by ensuring that health care projects are effective and overall community objectives are met proactively.
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