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New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand



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Incorporating the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) qualifications

Beauty therapy roles are varied, creative and in high demand. Employers are seeking trained therapists with the ability to walk into a new job and to work with clients straight away.

Our top-quality facilities and products are recognised as some of the best in the industry. Study with leading tutors and learn through a combination of practical and theoretical activities. You will have the opportunity to learn the latest emerging trends and techniques, work with real clients, use an online booking system and gain hands-on/practical in-clinic experience. A wide variety of guest speakers such as spa managers, appearance medicine specialists and cosmetic representatives give you an insight into products, technologies and the specific qualities that employers are looking for in employees.

International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) qualifications are optional in this Certificate. If you choose to complete the exam, your qualifications will be recognised by employers and clients internationally. ITEC is an international examination board, operating in over 38 countries worldwide and their qualifications are supported by industry and easily transportable both nationally and internationally.

At the end of this programme you will meet the requirements to become a Registered New Zealand Beauty Therapist.

Career possibilities

  • Registered New Zealand beauty therapist
  • Cosmetic representative
  • Mobile beauty therapist

What will this programme cover?

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Facial treatments
  • Make-up services
  • Cosmetic enhancements (e.g. lash extensions and tanning)
  • Massage treatments
  • Professional practice
  • Nail services
  • Waxing services
  • Clinic.

Pathway into this programme

Our bridging to beauty certificate, the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) provides the perfect pathway into this Level 4 programme.

Further study options

  • Diploma in Beauty Therapies and Epilation (Level 5)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)

These qualifications can lead to self-employment as a therapist or to a career as a beauty clinic manager/owner.

Please note: this programme is subject to minimum numbers.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4).

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

NZ$19,600.00 (10,45,033) per year


22 Feb


Otago Polytechnic

Dunedin Campus,

Forth Street,


North Dunedin,

9016, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

You must be at least 18 years old by the end of this programme.

Students need to have achieved a secondary school qualification that is equivalent to New Zealand’s NCEA levels (National Certificate of Educational Achievement). Entry requirements vary from country to country.

Applications from mature students (over 20) are welcome.

International students will be individually assessed to ensure you are ready for this study.

If English is not your first language, you must provide:

New Zealand University Entrance OR
Overall Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band score lower than 5.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR TOEFL paper based test (PBT): Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE); TOEFL internet based test (IBT): Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge english qualifications: B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; Pearson test of english (ACADEMIC): PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36; Language Certificate: B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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