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Hairdressing Essentials*

Level 3

Training for hairdressers begins with the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing Salon Support Level 3, which takes you from complete novice to technical level, capable of earning your place in a successful salon – or qualifying for entry to the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) - Level 4.

Course Content

Early in the course you begin supervised practice in our model salons, applying what you have learned in class. Focus at this level is on the practical skills of hairdressing, combined with professional salon practices and creative flair. 

Modules include:

  • Blow-waving and setting
  • Long-hair styling
  • Product knowledge
  • Trichology and hair treatments
  • Scissor and razor cutting
  • Highlighting and foiling
  • Colouring
  • Retail and reception skills
  • Professional development
  • Communication skills 


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

2018 Course Costs

  • Tuition fees: $19,500.00
  • Compulsory course costs: $1,000.00*

*Includes the entry-level hairdressing kit required for this course.

Qualifications Awarded 

  • New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) - Level 3
  • NZQA credits towards the National Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional Stylist) - Level 4   

Career Opportunities 

You will be able to provide elementary hairdressing services under the supervision of a senior operator and demonstrate customer service skills both over the telephone and face-to-face. 

You may also find employment as a hairdresser or stylist in a salon or fashion event. 

2018 Intake Dates



40 weeks including 6 weeks of holiday. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be 16 years or older.
  • Have an IELTS score of at least 5.0 or equivalent.
It is also advisable that applicants have completed NCEA Level 1 (or equivalent) and it is the Academy's preference that candidates are interviewed before enrolment in order to ensure their success.