What will I learn?

This qualification is designed to offer theory and practical study in Level 2 and Level 3 Hairdressing. You will gain communication and self-confidence skills, study cutting, blow-drying, setting, braiding, finger waving, highlighting and global colouring techniques, long hair styling and permanent waving. Graduates from this programme will be able to continue into a hairdressing apprenticeship in a salon at the same level as a Year 2 apprentice.

You will learn how to:

  • Apply knowledge of salon culture, hierarchy and specific industry terminology to communicate appropriately with clients, peers and supervisors within the salon.
  • Follow instructions and ensure observation of technical skills is respectful of the client experience
  • Undertake limited reception duties, including appointment making, home hair care sales and maintenance of retail product displays
  • Apply knowledge of the key role a salon assistant plays to provide limited support services that contribute to the client journey through the salon
  • Perform a limited scope consultation, including hair and scalp analysis
  • Perform elementary styling tasks, including blow drying, moulding, setting and hair ups
  • Safely hold scissors, follow a pre-cut guide, comb and project the hair and maintain even tension on a mannequin
  • Mix, apply and remove a limited range of colour treatments as directed
  • Understand the process and basic principles when neutralising chemical reformation services
  • Meet the personal health and presentation requirements of the salon environment, and self-style in ways that promote current trends in fashion
  • Follow workplace health, safety, hygiene and environmental policies.
  • Identify and report potential hazards to minimise the impact of workplace hazards in the salon environment

Career Options

Apprentice hairdresser, pharmacy hair consultant.

Future Study Options:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy.
  • New Zealand Certificate in Makeup Artistry.

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

15 March 2022


Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki

New Plymouth Campus,

20 Bell Street,



4310, New Zealand

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

25 July 2022


Hawera Campus

40A Union Street,


4610, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

  • Open entry.

Students must also meet the English language proficiency requirements as below:

  • General or Academic IELTS score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL (pBT) score of 500 (with an essay score of 4.0 TWE)
  • TOEFL (iBT) score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examinations: B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill
  • OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36
  • NZCEL Level 3 with an endorsement General
  • LanguageCert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.