New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering.xml New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering

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New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering

CertificateFull time - 1 year

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$6544 - $7000







Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received All Year

International Applications due

Received All Year


Christchurch - Madras Street


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

Taught by barbering experts, this heavily practical programme will equip you with detailed knowledge and skills to be able to work in the ever-growing barbering industry. It combines a focus on elements of traditional and contemporary fashion styles with an understanding of the origins and influences of this vocation.

The programme covers classic and modern barbering techniques, small hair detail, scissor skills, clipper and fade work including traditional wet shaves, plus professional ethics and standards. You'll study the latest industry fashion trends and develop your own style in this exciting industry.

You'll also learn about health and safety requirements, front-of-house operations and discover how to enhance your social media capabilities in order to attract a regular clientele. Our on-site barber shop represents a real-life industry environment where you'll build your skills and capabilities as a professional commercial barber. Each cut is preparation for you working autonomously as a fully qualified barber in a variety of commercial settings.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this programme you can pathway into another hairdressing qualification or head straight into employment where you can continue to develop your barbering skills and techniques on the job.

Study pathways

Further study options include the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support), followed by the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist).

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 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.

    Note: Applicants who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), will be assessed for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • 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?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete:

  • An Admissions and Enrolment form

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

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

Application documents

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.