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Avatar Institute Of Learning – Quality healthcare training in Taranaki

Avatar Institute of Learning provides high quality training in the healthcare sector.  Located within Maida Vale Retirement Village in Taranaki, students gain their knowledge and practical experience in a nurturing, friendly and supportive learning environment.


NZQA Quality Assurance

NZQA assesses the standard of education for tertiary education organisations through a regular system of external evaluation and review (EER).  Through periodic EER, tertiary education organisations are held accountable to their students, employers, funders, quality assurance bodies and other interested parties.

Avatar Institute of Learning is a Category 2 Provider under the NZQA’s External Evaluation and Review (EER) system. This means that during the EER undertaken by NZQA in May 2014, NZQA reported that they are Confident in Avatar’s educational performance and Confident in Avatar’s capability in self-assessment.


EER Report available:



The team at Avatar is looking forward to our next EER scheduled for May 2018. We continue to work with our stakeholders to further enhance our education and training provision.

NZQA - Avatar institute Of Learning

The NZQA courses offered at Avatar Institute have been developed with the philosophy that quality training contributes to ‘best care’ service delivery and safety within the healthcare sector.

Our courses are suited for people seeking a new career in health and disability support as well as industry professionals wishing to extend their skills, knowledge and professional qualifications in their chosen field in the health care sector.

Qualifications - Avatar Institute Of Learning


New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 2)

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 2)

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) Health Assistance Strand or Support Work Strand

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) Health Assistance Strand or Support Work Strand

Competency Assessment Programme

Competency Assessment Programme


The qualifications available through Avatar will provide you with the knowledge and skills to offer top quality elderly care in a range of settings. Holding these qualifications will give you a huge advantage over other candidates when progressing your career in this sector.


To become a student at Avatar Institute you must be over the age of 18 prior to the commencement of the course with no criminal convictions. You must also be able to communicate competently in English and be physically able to perform the role required in the programme that you are applying for.


If you are eligible please contact us and we will arrange a time to meet and discuss the process. You will be required to fill out an application form onsite and on successful completion of this will be asked to attend an interview carried out by the Training Coordinator.

Training - Avatar Institute Of Learning


Avatar Institute of Learning provides training to the aged care and disability sectors in the Taranaki region. Training packages can be delivered to fit a specific need in the workplace, and tutors will assess the learning gained. Training can be delivered onsite at Avatar Training School or at any agreed venue to suit. As approved assessors, our tutors can also assess unit standards gained via other organisations, such as Health Ed. Training provides the skills and knowledge needed for the highest standard of care, that exceeds expectations and is undertaken in a compassionate manner. Our tutors believe that everyone requiring care services deserves high-quality care, safe surrounds, optimum physical health experiences and emotion security.

About Us - Avatar Institute Of Learning


Pat Wynd - Avatar Institute Of leanring



Pat has spent the past thirty years working in the care industry and nursing the elderly and is committed towards continuous quality improvement and staff education. Pat has an active role in the day to day management of the business.

Louise Cummings - Avatar Institute Of leanring

Training Co-ordinator


Training Coordinator Louise Cummings is Taranaki born and has over 20 years’ experience in Residential Aged Care. Louise started work as a care giver, trained as a diversional therapist and then completed her training as a registered nurse. She is an advocate of starting from the bottom and working your way up. She gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Advanced Nursing and gained a National Certificate in Adult Education and Training. Louise endorses working within a family environment, developing trusting relationships with the residents and their families while providing holistic and compassionate care.

Shelia Murphy - Avatar Institute Of leanring

Education Support


Sheila Murphy has worked in the tertiary education sector for the past 15 years, specialising in vocational education and workplace training. She began her career in the Taranaki dairy industry as a laboratory technician. Throughout her career Sheila developed a passion for workplace training and professional development. She has since completed a degree in adult education and a post graduate diploma in education administration and leadership through Massey University. Sheila joined the Avatar team in May 2013; her key role is to support the tutors and students throughout their learning journey. She also coordinates the compliance and programme approval processes in accordance with NZQA requirements.

Learning Facilitator


Wendy began her nursing career way back in 1979, working in an accident & emergency department at the local hospital.  Since then her career has been varied and has included working in Residential Aged Care, Community Home based Support Services, auditing and administration.  Over this time she has experienced many changes in the health sector.

Wendy is currently studying towards the NZ Certificate in Adult & Tertiary Teaching Level 5 as she begins her new journey into education

Workplace Assessor


Commenced my Nursing training as an Enrolled Nurse in 1972 at Bunbury and Geraldton Regional Hospitals in Western Australia.  On completing my training I went and worked in the Northern Territory in Alice Springs Hospital for 7 years, I did 2 years in Kununurra Hospital (Last Town in North Western Australia) met and married a Zealander and came to live in NZ in 1981.  I have worked in Aged Care for 24 years, the last 12 years at Maida Valer, as an Enrolled Nurse.

Māori and Pasifika Cultural Support



To nurture a ‘centre of excellence’ for training in all forms of caregiving within the Taranaki community.


To enable and support trainees to gain skills, knowledge and professional qualifications.


To provision high quality training that will contribute to ‘best care’ service delivery and safety.


Contact - Avatar Institute Of Learning

Avatar Institute Of Learning


If you are eligible please contact us and we will arrange a time to meet and discuss the process.  Send us a message and we will be in contact.

Louise Cummings Training Co-ordinator, Avatar Learning Institute


Phone: 06 755 0558 Ext 900


Address: 20 Pohutukawa Place, Bell Block, New Plymouth

PO Box 7015, Fitzroy, New Plymouth 4341

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