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

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Get ready to be a professional stylist! You’ll be based in our purpose-built salon, working with real customers, learning key techniques while you develop your customer service skills and the confidence you need to succeed.

What you will learn

This programme is equivalent to completing the first year of an industry apprenticeship and will teach you key hairdressing skills like long hair styling, colouring, blow-waving, foils, setting hair and an introduction to cutting. You’ll also learn about hairdressing products and how to sell them as well as focusing on customer service, communication and personal presentation.

You will learn a wide range of hairdressing skills at a beginner level including:

  • Assisting the stylist during services 

  • Professional code of ethics

  • Consultation procedure

  • Long hair styling

  • Hair products and maintenance

  • Self-styling: Appropriate hair, clothing, make-up.

Workload & schedule

Our class hours are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday with additional self-directed learning (which may be spent at NorthTec or on work experience or studying from home). 

The first two terms of the programme (Semester 1) are a mixture of theory and practical focusing on four courses:

Compulsory Courses – Semester 1 Level Credits
0001 - Introduction to Professional Hairdressing 3 10
0002 - Understanding the Client Journey 3 15
0003 - Introduction to Hair and Scalp Analysis 3 10
0004 - Introduction to Design and Styling 3 20

The last two terms (Semester 2) are again a mixture of theory and practical and focus on the remaining four courses:

Compulsory Courses – Semester 2 Level Credits
0005 - Wet to Dry Styling 3 20
0006 - Introduction to Haircutting 3 10
0007 - Introduction to Colouring and Chemical Reformation 3 15
0008 - Introduction to Salon Operations 3 20

Practical skills are first built on mannequin heads progressing to clients as you build your skills and then onto time spent in the salon working on clients in a commercial salon setting at NorthTec, skill-building and progressing towards final assessments.

Additional costs

  • Students are required to wear a uniform, we recommend purchasing TWO at a cost of approximately $100.

  • Black pants and closed in shoes are a requirement.

  • Kit is included in the fees for year 1 students. Year 2 students are required to add items to this kit (e.g. radial brushes and clippers are two of the items).

  • Basic stationery including a USB is also required

These, along with the other items, can be purchased either through NorthTec or by the students however they must be professional hairdressing brands. The GHD company also offer straighteners to students at a greatly reduced price and many students purchase these through course-related costs.

Career opportunities and pathways

  • Hairdressing (apprenticeship training contracts)

  • Retail sector

  • Hairdressing product companies

  • Hairdressing technician

  • Hairdressing tutor

  • Cruise ships

  • Film, stage and television

  • Hairdressing consultant

​After completing this programme, you could go on to further study with the NZ Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) (Level 4).

Entry requirements 

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

For a small number of programmes a police check or declaration about criminal convictions may be required. Students will be notified if this is required for the programme they are applying for.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

Qualification gained

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

Successful completion allows students to enrol into the NZ Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) (Level 4).

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Full time


1 year

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $7,947.98

Student levy may apply

International: Programme not open to international students

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Phone 0800 162 100
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