Barbering Essentials*

Level 3

Barbering isn't just a's an art form!

The revival of barbering means great opportunities for graduates! Our dynamic programme combines the classic barbering skills of clipper, scissor, and razor cutting with street savvy taper fades, line-outs, cut-throat shaving, current colour trends and whatever else is new!

If you are still not convinced, take a look at this video on barbercraft and the barbering industry in New Zealand.

Course Content

  • Barbering tools and techniques
  • Men’s blow drying
  • Classic scissor, razor and clipper cuts
  • Taper fades, line-outs, and ‘street’ trends
  • Men’s fashion hair cuts and facial hair grooming
  • Cut-throat shaving
  • Barbering business skills

2018 Intake Dates

Auckland Central campus

29 January 2018

2 April 2018

Wellington campus

19 February 2018


This course is offered at our Auckland City and Wellington campuses.  


36 weeks including 4 weeks of holiday.

Entry Requirements

Entry is open to beginners and all applicants are considered however you must be: 

  • 16 years or older
  • Able to demonstrate a basic understanding of spoken and written English 

Hairdressers or graduates of a hairdressing course are eligible for entry to the final 12 weeks of the course with reduced fees to gain the full qualification. 

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Career Opportunities

The revival in barbering creates ample opportunities for graduate barbers to find full-time employment in a barbershop or open a business with small capital outlay.

Barbers may also find employment in the following industries:

  • Hair salons and barber shops
  • Luxury hotels
  • Cruise ships
  • Small business ownership

Course Costs

    Student loans and allowances are available if you meet the criteria. Find out if you're eligible by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit Studylink

If you are aged between 16 and 19 years, you may qualify for one of our fees-free spots.

Qualifications Awarded

  • New Zealand Certificate in Barber Skills - Level 3 
*subject to NZQA approval