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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.

before and after barbering shot

Where old school meets new school

We teach the full spectrum of barber skills so you can work on a wide range of clients.

Exclusive industry exposure

Be part of “money can’t buy” exposure to the industry, through exclusive guest speakers and industry partner tours so you can start to build contacts. 

Course Content

The old school:

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

The new school:

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


32 weeks

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

Qualifications Awarded

  • New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering Level 4

2022 Intake Dates

Auckland City Campus 

6 February 2023 


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: $11,076*
  • Course Related Costs: $1,000*
*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 19 years, you may qualify for one of our Youth Guarantee fee-free spots.


  • Tuition Fee: $19,500 NZD
  • Course Related Costs: $1,750 NZD
Cut Above Academy is one of the trading names for the registered PTE New Zealand School of Tourism. Your enrolment is with New Zealand School of Tourism Ltd and your qualification is issued by the New Zealand School of Tourism