New Zealand Certificate in Makeup and Skin Care (Introduction) (Level 3) New Zealand Certificate in Makeup and Skin Care (Introduction) (Level 3)

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New Zealand Certificate in Makeup and Skincare

CertificateFull-time, 6 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$3,000 - $3,200






Course related costs



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street


Gain foundation skills for the beauty industry.

This programme is a great way to gain a foundation of knowledge and hands-on skills for working in the beauty sector as a skincare and makeup technician. You'll learn about skin types and conditions, makeup techniques, workplace requirements and professional communication and conduct.

Within our modern treatment rooms you'll also participate in planned clinic days that provide the opportunity to work with real clients, applying and gaining knowledge about a wide range of makeup and skincare products.

Career opportunities

With this qualification you'll be able to work as a junior skincare or makeup technician at a cosmetic counter or as a beauty therapy clinic co-ordinator.

Study pathways

Upon completion of this qualification, you can broaden your skills and knowledge by studying the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) Level 3, the New Zealand Certificate in Barber Skills Level 3 or the New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy Level 4 which can be followed by the New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy Level 5.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 60 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 or above), including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits.

    If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

    Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

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

Complete an Admission and Enrolment 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.

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.