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Certificate in Hairdressing

Level 4*

This two year programme, specifically for international students, means you will get your pick of jobs when you’re fully qualified and experienced. Training at Level 4 is designed to develop your creative and commercial potential. Classes are small and training is divided between in-class tuition and experience in the graduate salons where you will learn the practicalities of working on the floor in a busy salon. 

Course Content 

In year one 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

In year two we will help you to develop your creativity with new approaches to cutting, colouring and styling. You will learn new skills and perfect existing ones, putting them to practice on real clients in the graduate salon. You will also master hair and makeup for photography and competitions and have the chance to style hair for exciting fashion events. You will graduate with the necessary creative, technical and commercial skills to take your place in the workforce.

Modules Include

  • Consultation skills
  • Advanced cutting
  • Creative hair colouring
  • Clipper and men’s cutting
  • High fashion and competition styling
  • Fashion cutting and colour work
  • Makeup, catwalk and photo shoots
  • Chemical reformation techniques
  • Colour correction techniques 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must: 

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Have an IELTS score of at least 5.5 or equivalent

2018 Course Costs  

Year 1

Tuition fees: $19,500.00

Compulsory course costs: $1,500.00*
*Includes the entry-level hairdressing kit required for this course.

Year 2

Tuition fees: $19,500.00

Compulsory course costs: $1,500.00*
*Includes the hairdressing kit which is required for this course.

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Career Opportunities

By the time you graduate you will be able to complete an in-depth consultation with a client, determine what it is the client wants and what will best suit the client’s needs, make informed decisions about actions that need to be taken and carry out those actions in a professional manner, recommend home hair care products, and give advice on how to take care of and style hair.

You may find employment as a hairdresser or stylist in a salon or in any of the following industries: 

  • Film
  • Television
  • Theatre
  • Fashion
  • Cruise ships
  • Photographic studios 

2019 Intake Dates

Auckland City Campus

  • 28 January 
  • 15 April 
  • 4 November 

Auckland South Campus 

  • 28 January 


This course is available at our Auckland City and Auckland South Campuses.


80 weeks including 12 weeks of holiday. 

Qualifications Awarded 

  • New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) (Level 3)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) (Level 4) 
*Subject to NZQA approval