NZ Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) (Level 3).xml New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) (Level 3)

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CertificateFull time - 34 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$5850 - $6000







Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street and Timaru


Gain the foundation skills needed to start a career in hairdressing.

This programme has been designed to provide a broad introduction to hairdressing, and a foundation to build upon with further study. You'll learn about salon culture, hierarchy and terminology so you can communicate appropriately with clients, peers and supervisors, and you'll use a mannequin to practice following a pre-cut guide, combing and projecting the hair and maintaining even tension. You'll also learn how to perform a limited scope consultation - including hair and scalp analysis - and elementary styling tasks such as blow drying, moulding, setting and long hair-ups. The programme also covers the basics of colour treatments, health and safety and hygiene, as well as the personal health and presentation requirements of salon environments.

This programme is also offered for Youth Guarantee students. You can apply for these options if you're 16 to 19 years of age and no longer at school, or if you're planning on leaving school.

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
  • 10 NCEA Level 1 literacy credits and 10 NCEA Level 1 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
  • IELTS 5.0 Academic (no lower than 5.0 in speaking, 5.0
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










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Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete an 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

This qualification shows employers that you have the ability to perform basic tasks competently within a salon environment.

Study pathways

The New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) leads on to several other qualifications in this sector, including the Level 3 New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) and the Level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional Stylist).