Learn essential theory and gain practical experience working on real clients. Includes the National Certificate in Beauty Services (Beautician) (Level 4) and the opportunity to sit the City & Guilds Diploma in Beauty Therapy.
This programme is being replaced with the New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) in 2018, currently pending approval.

Programme Overview

Learn essential underpinning theory and enjoy plenty of practical experience to build the professional skills required to deliver beauty eye treatments, waxing treatments, manicures, pedicures and day/night make up. Gain the Certificate of Beauty Therapy, the National Certificates in Beauty Services (Beautician) (Level 4), and the opportunity to sit the internationally recognised City and Guilds Diploma in Beauty Therapy (conditions apply).

Programmes are practical and include the opportunity to perform treatments on paying clients during Beauty Salon Days and other promotional events held regularly throughout the year.

Programme Outline

Anatomy and physiology

Learn human anatomy and physiology relating to the Beauty Therapy industry.

Cosmetology services

Gain a thorough understanding of make-up applications plus eyelash/eyebrow tinting and eyebrow shaping. Learn the retail skills to provide professional client services and receive an industry certificate.

Facial therapy

Learn the practical and theoretical knowledge of current treatments and services using quality products. Perform cleansing and massage treatments on clients using manual and electrical techniques.

Manicure and pedicure

Learn the theory and current treatments for manicure and pedicures and practice this skills on clients.

Small business

Understand what it takes to run and operate a small business, including ownership options, financial structures and marketing.


Learn theory and practical knowledge of performing a wide range of waxing treatments for the body.

Health and safety

Complete a two-day Fist Aid workshop, delivered by an industry professional, and receive NZQA unit standards on first aid procedures and emergency situation management. Gain an understanding of health and safety responsibilities within the workplace.

Salon days

Gain extensive practical experience with a range of clients during our professional salon days which are held regularly throughout the year.

Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 2 or evidence of equivalent skills and knowledge

International students

Proven equivalence of entry requirements plus IELTS 5.5 (no band lower than 5.0)

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