New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy

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New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy
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DiplomaFull time - 1 year

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

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Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Received all year


Christchurch - Madras Street


Expand your skills and expertise to become a leader in beauty therapy.

This programme will enable you to become a highly qualified beauty therapist by building on your existing foundation of knowledge and skills. It will equip you to work in a variety of settings and take on greater responsibilities. You'll also become capable of managing or owning your own beauty clinic.

Specifically, you'll learn about a range of treatments that will extend your capabilities in advanced skincare, nutrition, microdermabrasion, electrology hair removal, hot stone massage, body wraps and exfoliations, dermal needling and LED light therapy. You'll extend your ability to take on advanced responsibilities and implement professional standards in the areas of health, safety and hygiene - skills that are valued in the industry and will enhance employment opportunities.

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion of this programme you'll be equipped to work as a fully qualified beauty therapist with advanced skin and body care skills. Opportunities include working as a product trainer, providing beauty treatments in a commercial salon or spa environment or even working on luxury cruise ships. With experience, you can progress to owning or operating a salon or spa.

Study pathways

By complementing your beauty therapy skills with a business qualification you can prepare to become a successful small business operator. Options for this include the New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management), the New Zealand Diploma in Business and the Bachelor of Applied Management.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma 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
  • The New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) or equivalent skills and knowledge, experience, and/or qualifications

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

To apply for this programme complete:

  • An Admission 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.