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New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy

New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4)

Get ready for the beauty industry. Gain skills in facial therapy, hair removal, manicure and pedicure, makeup, spray tanning, eyebrow shaping and eyelash tinting. Learn essential anatomy and physiology. Develop retail and reception skills in our salon and work with clients.

What you will learn

  • Waxing
  • Facial therapy
  • Manicure and pedicure
  • Make-up
  • Eyebrow shaping and eyelash tinting services
  • Client consultation, diagnosis and effective communication
  • Retail and reception skills for beauty sales and service
  • Knowledge of chemistry and electrical currents for facial therapy
  • Safety, hygiene and first aid
  • Nutritional principles
  • Anatomy and physiology, including:
    • Cytology and Histology
    • The Lymphatic system
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Integumentary system

Career options

  • Internationally recognised beauty therapist
  • Salon manager
  • Sales representative
  • Cruise line and resort work
  • Small business owner
  • Tutoring

Entry requirements

Under 20 years

NCEA Level 2 or equivalent skills and knowledge.

20+ years

If you’re 20 years or over, you may qualify for special admission on this programme. Contact us if you don’t meet the Under 20 entry criteria.

International students

Minimum IELTS (academic) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5, or equivalent.

Find your country's equivalent academic entry requirements here

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

Course related costs

This programme has additional course related costs of approximately $675 (includes uniform, manicure items, brush set etc). 

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

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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