New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) (Level 3)

Learn essential skills such as reception duties, shampooing, applying treatments or colours under supervision, and styling. You’ll also be introduced to cutting. Develop experience working as a team member in our salon. You’ll learn alongside other hairdressing students and have fun along the way.

What you will learn

  • Fundamentals of hairdressing and styling
  • Understand the use of elementary colours, foils, highlights and lowlights
  • Perform elementary blow drying and long hair styling techniques
  • Gain knowledge in hair treatments and scalp massage
  • Learn about safe, hygienic and professional practice
  • Work on real clients in the salon and develop your reception, customer service and consultation skills
  • Opportunity to work on the World of WearableArt™ Awards show, regional competitions, fashion shows and theatre production


Career options

Work as a salon assistant. Or you might continue on with training as a second-year apprentice working in industry.

  • Salon assistant
  • Colourist
  • Fashion hair stylist


Entry criteria

Under 20 years

NCEA level 1, or above

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 entry criteria as provided on the Under 20 information.

International IELTS

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


Further study options

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist)

New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4)


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