New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing

Start your hairdressing career with the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing Level 3 and join an ever changing, creative and progressive profession.

Learn the fundamentals in hairdressing, hairstyling, colouring, cutting techniques and customer service to start your hairdressing apprenticeship or to pursue further studies.

This one year full-time programme is action packed with hands on learning in a top quality hairdressing training centre, that includes a fully equipped commercial salon.

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Key Details
Invercargill
Qualification:
Certificate
Level:
3
Credits:
120
Duration:

34 weeks full-time

Study Modes:
On Campus
Dates:

2024 Semester 2: 22 July to 24 April

2025 Semester 1: 17 February to 21 November

2025 Semester 2: 14 July to 17 April

Fees:

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • Direct material costs of $3,500.30 (GST inclusive)

International Fees can be found here.

This qualification is intended for people who may have no prior knowledge or experience in hairdressing and who wish to learn hairstyling, colouring tasks and basic hair cutting techniques. 

Learn skills including:

  • Reception duties in a salon
  • Completing consultations and hair and scalp analysis
  • Shampooing, conditioning, treatments, and removing colour from clients’ hair and scalp
  • Recommending home hair products to meet the clients needs
  • Perform hair styling tasks using a range of techniques and styling tools
  • Use and maintain cutting tools and demonstrate basic cutting techniques.
  • Undertake a range of colouring services and assist in other chemical services
  • Meet the personal hygiene, presentation, health, safety, and environmental requirements of a salon

PERS3201 Professional Identity

Aim: To develop the knowledge, skills and attributes related to professionalism within the hairdressing industry.

PERS3202 Salon Discovery

Aim: To develop the knowledge, skills and attributes related to salon workflow and operations.

PERS3203 The Art of Hair Design

Aim: To develop the knowledge, skills and attributes related to theoretical and practical aspects of hair design.

PERS3204 Reformation Basics

Aim: To develop the knowledge, skills and attributes relevant to the theoretical and practical aspects of reformation services and process in hairdressing.

PERS3205 Introduction to Sculpture

Aim: To develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to demonstrate practical haircutting skills.

PERS3206 Colour Basics

Aim: To develop the knowledge, skills and attributes relevant to chemical services.

PERS3207 Client Journey

Aim: To develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to work in a professional hairdressing context.

PERS3208 Grand Finale

Aim: To develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to present a professional portfolio of hairstyles.

This qualification leads to the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional Hairstylist) (Level 4). Full time study starting 2025.

Graduates may be employed as a junior or assistant stylist in a hairdressing salon

Entry requirements

  • 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
  • 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.

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 International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS
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

Direct Material costs includes a full hairdressing kit containing:

  • Cloud9 Straightners
  • Blowdryer
  • Curling tongs
  • Brushes/combs
  • Tint bowl and Brush
  • Two manikins (long and short hair)
  • Salon uniform

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)

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