Certificate in Beauty Therapy.xml Certificate in Beauty Therapy

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CertificateFull time - 34 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code



$5,900 - $6,300







Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

13 January for February start


Christchurch - Madras Street and Timaru


Gain the skills and knowledged needed to launch a career as a beauty therapy professional.

Incorporates International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) Qualifications. Beauty therapy roles are varied, creative and in high demand. Employers are seeking trained therapists with the ability to walk into a new job and work with clients straight away.

Our top-quality facilities and products are recognised as some of the best in the industry. Study with leading tutors and learn through a combination of practical and theoretical activities. You will have the opportunity to work with real clients, manage bookings and get direct feedback by running beauty clinics throughout the year. A wide variety of guest speakers such as spa managers, appearance medicine specialists and cosmetic representatives gives you an insight into products, technologies and specific qualities that employers are looking for in employees.

International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) qualifications are optional in this certificate. If you choose to complete the exam, your qualifications will be recognised by employers and clients internationally. ITEC is an international examination board, operating in over 38 countries worldwide and their qualifications are supported by industry and easily transportable both nationally and internationally.

At the end of this programme you will meet the requirements to become a Registered New Zealand Beauty Therapist.

If you would like to expand your skills and specialisations, prepare yourself for more senior beauty therapy roles and gain an internationally recognised qualification then enrol on our Diploma in Beauty Therapies and Epilation.

This programme covers:

  • Skincare and eye treatments
  • Make up
  • Beauty electrical treatments
  • Hair removal treatments
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Swedish massage
  • Business and professional conduct
  • Manicure and pedicure
  • Waxing

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • NCEA Level 1 (80 credits at level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits)

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an International Application form.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Please note: Programme delivery is conditional on enrolments reaching a minimum requirement.

Application documents

Career opportunities

On successful completion of this programme you will be able to work as a:

  • Registered New Zealand beauty therapist
  • Cosmetic representative
  • Mobile beauty therapist

Study pathways

Further your studies with the Diploma in Beauty Therapies and Epilation (Level 5).