New Zealand Certificate in Salon Skills (Introductory)(YG).xml New Zealand Certificate in Salon Skills (Introductory) (YG)

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New Zealand Certificate in Salon Skills (Introductory) Level 2

ProgrammeFull-time, 6 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Qualification name

New Zealand Certificate in Salon Skills (Introductory) Please enquire

Programme code




Ara credits




Domestic Applications due

Received all year


Christchurch - Madras Street

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Programme Content

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

Designed to give you real insight into the beauty and hair industries, this course provides an introduction to the salon environment and is an ideal launch pad for further training. It covers industry practice, industry safety, image, client and salon support, communication skills and preparation for employment.

Throughout the programme you'll have access to separate training salons for hairdressing and beauty therapy.

Programme Credits

NZQF credits in the table below are awarded to you on completion of this programme. These credits contribute to achieving your NCEA qualification. In some instances you may also receive Ara credits. Ara credits are tertiary study credits that can be used to enter further study at tertiary level in New Zealand. Please note the number of Ara and NZQF credits are unrelated and may be different.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • If you're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and are between 16 to 19 years old, you can apply to study regardless of the qualifications you've achieved at school.

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

Selection criteria

Applicants are accepted in the order they are received.

Next steps

To enrol in this programme please:

  • complete the Youth Admission and Enrolment form
  • complete the High School Endorsement form

Programme delivery is conditional on enrolments reaching a minimum requirement.

Application Documents

Career opportunities

This qualification will equip you with basic skills to enter employment in hairdressing or beauty therapy industries, or to pathway into further training.

Study pathways

Next step programmes include the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) Level 3 and the New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy Level 4.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
Unit / Achievement Standard Number Unit Standard Title Version No NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits
21938 Converse and interact with clients and operators in a salon environment 3 3 3
21935 Maintain order and supplies in a hairdressing or barbering salon environment 3 5 5
21937 Assist an operator in a salon environment 3 4 4
21936 Protect the client for hairdressing services in a salon environment 3 1 1
27638 Provide client service and care and assist the operator to prepare for service in a beauty salon environment 1 3 3
9953 Provide client service and care in a hairdressing or barbering salon environment 5 4 4
1277 Communicate information in a specified workplace 7 3 3
9680 Communicate within a specified organisational context 6 3 3
28027 Demonstrate knowledge of undertaking an observation of technical skills in a salon 1 3 3
57 Provide customer service 9 2 2
28025 Demonstrate knowledge of the client journey in a salon 1 2 2
27641 Describe the relevance of anatomy and physiology knowledge to beauty therapy practice 1 3 3
21940 Demonstrate knowledge of workplace requirements for employment 3 5 5
28026 Present a personal fashion image for work in a hairdressing salon environment 1 3 3
27639 Apply knowledge of basic beauty concepts to maintain personal presentation for a commercial beauty salon 1 3 3
27640 Demonstrate knowledge of current fashion trends in history related to beauty therapy 1 3 3
62 Maintain personal presentation and a positive attitude in a workplace involving customer contact 9 3 3
4253 Demonstrate knowledge of job search skills 7 3 3
4252 Produce a personal targeted CV (curriculum vitae) 8 2 2
28094 Produce a balanced budget and adjust the budget to reflect changing financial circumstances 3 3 3