Whakarākai Makawe Hairdressing and barbering

About hairdressing and barbering

Vibrant and dynamic, the hairdressing industry is ever-evolving - as can be seen in the worldwide resurgence of barbering. When you become a hairdresser or barber, you have the opportunity to be creative and to enjoy real career progression, from apprentice through to senior stylist roles, or even owning your own salon or barbershop. You can also earn recognition for your skills and creativity by participating in national and international hairdressing and barbering competitions, or working in film or television.

Studying hairdressing and barbering

Our purpose-built facilities in Christchurch and Timaru provide professional, real-world learning environments to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need for a career as a hairdresser or barber.

Specifically you'll learn about appointment booking practices, the use of appointment systems, customer service, scheduling, and technical aspects such as colour treatments, cutting techniques, blow drying and styling techniques.

You'll do all this while gaining the equivalent of your first year apprenticeship qualification. You can further your knowledge and artistic ability with the second year programme, or opt for a HITO (Hair Industry Training Organisation) apprenticeship involving on-the-job training and assessments at Ara.

When you study hairdressing or barbering with us, you'll be supported and encouraged by our passionate tutors who all continue to work in the industry. They also have extensive industry contacts and are often contacted by employers seeking graduate recommendations for employment.

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist)

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist)

Programme code:
NZ2412
Level:
4
Credits:
120
Starts:
February

Add to your salon skills to give yourself a strong start to a career in hairdressing.

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New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering

New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering - Pending Approval

Programme code:
NZ2115
Level:
4
Credits:
120
Starts:
February

Master the art of barbering for a career in an expanding sector.

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New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) (Level 3) (YG)

Hairdressing Level 3 (Youth Guarantee)

Programme code:
NZ2411
Level:
3
Credits:
120
Starts:
February

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

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New Zealand Certificate in Barber Skills (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Barber Skills (Level 3)

Programme code:
NZ2114
Level:
3
Credits:
120
Starts:
February

Gain the technical and creative skills needed to become a professional barber.

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NZ Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) (Level 3)

Programme code:
NZ2411
Level:
3
Credits:
120
Starts:
February

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

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New Zealand Certificate in Salon Skills (Introductory) Level 2

Salon Skills Level 2 (Youth Guarantee)

Programme code:
NZ2201
Level:
2
Credits:
61
Starts:
July

Prepare for further training or employment in hairdressing or beauty therapy.

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