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New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support)

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

This programme has been designed to provide an 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. During the introduction to cutting you'll learn basic cutting technology and techniques.

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. This programme also provides an introduction to colour applications, 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.

To meet Health and Safety requirements, applicants must be physically able to undertake the practical components of the programme in an industry emulated environment.

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$6,553 - $7,412 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$350 per year

This programme has open entry. English language requirements apply.

This programme is offered through the Youth Guarantee Scheme, and is available to students aged 16 to 19 years old who are New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

Overall IELTS 5.0 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

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

Study pathways

The Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) leads onto several other qualifications in this sector, including the Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) Level 4 and the Certificate in Commercial Barbering.

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

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

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

Type Certificate
Code NZ2411
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
Credits 120
Level 3
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised on enrolment
May allow Dual Enrolment Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2411-MAIN

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$6,553 - $7,412 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$350 per year
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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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