New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering

New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering (Level 4)

Learn how to perform all the skills required to be a fully qualified barber in a growing industry. Taught out of our Wellington Central (Te Kāhui Auaha) and Porirua campuses, students will learn clipper and scissor cuts, fades, wet shaving and the crucial social skills needed to communicate with clients. Get hands-on industry experience surrounded by like-minded people.

What you will learn

  • Apply knowledge of barbering theory and techniques to cut hair and do beard work for clients
  • Be able to talk to a client to work out what they need
  • Provide client care and advice, and carry out sales transactions
  • Understand all health, safety and hygiene regulations as well as professional grooming standards

Flexible study options

This programme offers the flexibility to be completed around work or other life commitments. Classes will be held at the following times and locations:

Porirua; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00am-4:30pm

TKA (Wellington); Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00am-4:30pm

Course related costs

Students will be required to purchase their own specialist barber kit at approximately $1000. 

These course related costs are not covered under any fees free funding schemes. To apply for course related costs (as a loan) visit studylink.

Entry requirements

40 credits at NCEA Level 1, including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits; or a recognised equivalent. Or a relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2 or above; or a recognised equivalent qualification.

*For fee exclusions, please see our terms and conditions.

Get pampered for a fraction of the cost

Level up your look and get some well-deserved pampering at our student-run salons open to the public. Hairdressing services include colour and styling, barbering includes cuts and shaves, and beauty therapy services include facial and eye treatments, manicures, pedicures, and waxing. Our training salons are run by students, fully-supervised by professionals. Check out our locations, opening hours, and how to book.

Do you have enough time?

To check which study options best fit your lifestyle, try our handy time calculator tool


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Give yourself credit →

Use the knowledge you already have to fast-track your qualification. Workplace-learning, volunteering, professional development, other provider qualifications and online courses can be recognised as prior learning and put towards your qualification. Start by getting in touch with us, or find out more here.

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Last updated: 2/5/2024

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