New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy

New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5)

Launch your career into the beauty therapy industry with this Diploma. Learn how to use advanced electrical facial and body therapy techniques, as well as permanent hair removal, massage, and body treatments. Gain salon administration skills and learn about anatomy and physiology.

What you will learn

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Knowledge of Chemistry and how it relates to the skin
  • Knowledge of electrical currents
  • Body treatments including full body massage
  • Permanent hair removal
  • Client Face and body consultation, diagnosis, and effective communication
  • Small business and management skills
  • Retail and reception skills, sales and services relating to the beauty therapy industry
  • Professional practice including Health & Safety & Hygiene
  • Advanced First Aid
  • Nutrition and how it affects the skin and body
  • Gain CIDESCO, an internationally recognised diploma. 

More detail about this qualification

Career options

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

Course related costs

Equipment for this programme will cost a total of $755.

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

Domestic students

Successful completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) or equivalent academic qualification.

International students

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

*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: 6/5/2024

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