New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) - Christchurch

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 3

2021 Semester 1: 15 February to 19 November


One year full-time

Location: Christchurch
Credits: 120

This programme is based in our hairdressing facility which has three salons. Industry standards and expectations are applied at all times, with a good balance between theory and practical training.

Students will work on live models and undertake work experience.


All of the standards listed below are required

US2866   Shampoo hair and scalp

US2869   Apply treatments to the hair and scalp

US2870   Blow dry hair into elementary styles

US2871   Set hair for volume

US2873   Demonstrate knowledge of trichology

US2891   Demonstrate knowledge of hair fashion over time                                                                 

US9953   Provide client service and care in a hairdressing salon                                                            

US19793 Highlight and/or lowlight using elementary techniques                     

US25076 Pincurl hair

US25077 Mould and scale hair

US25789 Apply oxidative colouring products to, and remove them from, hair and scalp

US25790 Select, maintain, and demonstrate safe handling of hairdressing equipment and hand-held tools

US25791 Demonstrate knowledge of the neutralising process and its effect on the hairshaft

US25792 Dress long hair into elementary styles

US28835 Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of colour for use in hairdressing, and the use of non-oxidative colour

US28837 Apply underpinning knowledge and skills to cut hair to a guideline

US28848 Apply knowledge of common hair and scalp conditions to complete a limited scope consultation

US21938 Converse and interact with clients and operators in a salon environment

US21940 Demonstrate knowledge of workplace requirements for employment in a salon

US25435 Create appointments and maintain appointment systems and records in the salon environment

US25436 Display products in the salon environment

US25438 Apply knowledge of services and workflow in the salon environment

US25439 Demonstrate knowledge of sustainability concepts for a salon

US25794 Select and recommend hair products

US28843 Demonstrate knowledge of personal health and hygiene, and self-styling, for working in a salon

US28844 Demonstrate knowledge of professional behaviour and legal requirements for a salon

US28845 Demonstrate safe and professional practice in the salon environment

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2020 direct material costs of $2450

International Fees can be found here.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

1. Apply knowledge of salon culture, hierarchy and specific industry terminology to communicate appropriately with clients, peers and supervisors within the salon and follow instructions and ensure observation of technical skills is respectful of the client experience

2. Undertake limited reception duties, including appointment making, home hair care sales and maintenance of retail product displays

3. Apply knowledge of the key role a salon assistant plays to provide limited support services that contribute to the client journey through the salon

4. Perform a limited scope consultation, including hair and scalp analysis

5. Perform elementary styling tasks, including blow drying, moulding, setting and long hair ups

6. Safely hold scissors, follow a pre-cut guide, comb and project the hair and maintain even tension on a mannequin

7. Mix, apply and remove a limited range of colour treatments as directed

8. Understand the process and basic principles when neutralising chemical reformation services

9. Meet the personal health and presentation requirement

School Leavers

  • 10 credits at NCEA Level 1 in both literacy and numeracy
  • Three years’ minimum secondary education
  • Preferred school subjects include Science, Maths, English and Art. Other desirable skills include communication and customer service skills
  • Desire to work in the hairdressing industry

Mature Applicants
Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme. Examples of demonstration of ability to succeed are the provision of evidence of successful completion of a programme of study at Level 1 or above in a related discipline and/or employment in the related sector for one or more years. They may be admitted subject to programme regulations approved by the Head of Faculty in consultation with the Programme Manager as appropriate. Personal commitment and a belief in one’s own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process.


English Language Requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand,,Australia,Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment

IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill.
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 3 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 3 (General)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36
Language Cert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than PASS in each skill
Trinity ISE - ISE I with no less than distinction in any band

* New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme, and to be awarded the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) (Level 3), they must have:

  • Completed required practical and theoretical course work and assignments.
  • Achieved all of the graduate outcomes in the graduate profile showing competence to a minimum of 120 credits

(Please note; students failing to attend for 80% of timetabled programme hours may forfeit zero fees entitlement)