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New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering (Level 4)

Barbering isn't just a job...it's an art form!

The revival of barbering means there are great job opportunities for Cut Above 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 and current colour trends. Barbering is also an incredible way to connect with your community and become involved in improving mental health outcomes for men.

With Cut Above you'll get exposure to the industry, through exclusive guest speakers and industry partner tours so you can start to build contacts.

Cut Above is excited to announce our exclusive partnership with Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop, providing Cut Above barbering students with training and placement opportunities at locations across Auckland!




32 Weeks

Qualifications Awarded

New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering Level 4

Course Content

The old barber school:

  • Master scissor and clipper cutting
  • Beard and moustache shaping
  • Cut-throat shaving 

The new barber school:

  • Learn the latest trends in men's cutting
  • Contemporary techniques in men's colouring
  • Practice on real clients in our on-site salons 

Entry requirements

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

  • Able to demonstrate a basic understanding of spoken and written English 

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, as well as the exciting internship options offered with this course!

Barbers may also find employment in the following industries:

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

Intake Dates

Auckland City Campus 

22 July 2024 


This course is offered at our Auckland City Campus. 

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Course Costs*


You may be eligible for fees free study! If so, the below fees and costs will not apply to you. Refer to the website www.feesfree.govt.nz to check if you are eligible, as course fees are paid up to a maximum of $12,000.

  • Tuition Fee: $9,776*
  • Student Services Levy: $350**
  • Course Related Costs: $1,000*

**Also known as the CSSF or Compulsory Student Services fee. This fee covers the learning, employment, wellbeing and counselling support you might need during your time with us. This cost is paid together as part of your course fees. You can find out more information about what this covers here.

*Prices subject to change.

If you're eligible for fees free study, you still need to apply for a Student Loan if you want to borrow for course-related costs or living cost. 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 24 years, you may qualify for one of our Youth Guarantee fee-free spots.


  • Tuition Fee: $23,500 NZD
  • Course Related Costs: $1,750 NZD

Download the international fees PDF here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a barber course?

Our barbering course is 32 weeks in length. You’ll learn traditional skills, street savvy trends, and connect with industry through exciting partnerships, preparing you for employment upon graduation.

How to become a barber?

Our barbering course will teach you the essential skills in both old school and new school styles, along with providing networking opportunities to ready you as a barber for the industry upon graduation.

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Cut Above Academy is one of the trading names for the registered PTE Yoobee Colleges. Your enrolment is with Yoobee Colleges Ltd and your qualification is issued by Yoobee Colleges.

Qualifications are issued by Yoobee Colleges Ltd. Yoobee Colleges Ltd is an NZQA Category 1 provider, the highest rating a school can be awarded by the Government.

Term dates are subject to change pending enrolment numbers, availability and unforeseen funding fluctuations. Yoobee Colleges Ltd reserves the right to modify schedules to make sure the College runs well and students are offered the best learning experience.