New Zealand Certificate in hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) (Level 4)

Programme details

Translation Pōkaitahi o Aotearoa Kaiwhakarākei Makawe (Tāera Puaki) (Pae 4)
Code NZ2412
Level 4
Credits 120
Duration 1 year
Domestic student fee $6,550* (per year)
IntakesSemester 1
Study options Full-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia), Taupo, Whakatane
*Fees are applicable to study in 2017 and are indicative only; fees will vary depending on the courses selected, and/or course-related costs where applicable.
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Programme aim

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This level 4 hairdressing programme builds on your prior knowledge, skills and standards of professional hairdressing practice. It will increase your ability to work as an intermediate-level salon stylist who can perform some salon and client services. You’ll learn how to discuss a client’s needs, analyse their hair and scalp to plan the best services for them, and recommend hair care products they can use at home.

You’ll also learn more complex styling methods such as blow-waving and finger-waving, as well as foundation scissor and razor cutting services and more.

The requirements for City & Guilds 3002-68 Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing for Colour Technicians award are embedded within the programme.

Career opportunities

Salon assistant, salon stylist, salon supervisor or management roles in industry salons, cruise ships, resorts, hotels and retirement homes; salon owner/operator; hairdressing products/equipment sales representative

Award information

To achieve the award of the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) (Level 4), you must pass a total of 120 core credits.

To achieve the award of the embedded City & Guilds 3002-68 Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing for Colour Technicians, you must achieve the City & Guilds units embedded within the respective courses for this programme in accordance with City & Guilds requirements for this award.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates will have the skills, knowledge and attributes to be able to:

  • perform client consultations, including hair and scalp analysis in relation to chemical services;
  • recommend home hair care products to meet a range of client needs;
  • perform complex styling tasks, including blow waving, finger-waving, setting and long hair-ups;
  • perform foundation scissor and razor cutting services;
  • select colour and perform a range of colouring and de-colouring services;
  • assist colleagues with a range of chemical reformation services, including application and neutralising; and
  • ensure own actions impact positively on the profitability of a salon.

Entry criteria

You will need to have earned the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) (Level 3), or an equivalent qualification as approved by Toi Ohomai’s hairdressing and beauty therapy department. Alternatively, you must be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills in salon support and  services. Academic credit may be granted for relevant learning achieved prior to enrolment on a course or programme. Evidence of English language competency must be provided if English is not your first language.

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Compulsory courses

Course details
HAIR.4301 Salon Operations
The aim of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to monitor, maintain and support salon operations with a particular focus on health, safety, security and sustainable practices, and the sales process within the salon environment. Students will develop capability in assessing salon risk and sustainability,...
Credits 10 Intakes Semester 1
HAIR.4303 Complex Styling
The aim of this course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to perform advanced hair styling using complex setting and dressing techniques. Students will learn to combine and adapt styling techniques to create a variety of looks.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 1
HAIR.4304 Men’s Hair Cutting
The aim of this course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to perform hair cutting services for men. Students will develop and adapt cutting techniques to create different looks.
Credits 10 Intakes Semester 1
HAIR.4305 Women’s Hair Cutting
The aim of this course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to be able to perform hair cutting services for women. Students will develop and adapt cutting techniques to create different looks.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2

Optional courses

Course details
HAIR.4302 Client Consultation
The aim of this course is to develop students’ knowledge and skills in client consultation, enabling them to carry out in-depth hair and scalp analysis, and to support colleagues within the hairdressing salon environment to provide recommendations to clients on salon products and services.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
HAIR.4306 Complex Colouring
The aim of this course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to be able to perform advanced hair colouring and colour correction services. Students will develop and adapt colouring techniques to correct colour problems and create different looks.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
HAIR.4307 Chemical Hair Reformation
The aim of this course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to be able to perform advanced chemical reformation techniques including perming, smoothing and straightening. Students will learn to combine and adapt chemical reformation techniques to create a variety of looks.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 1
HAIR.4308 Hair Design
The aim of this course is to develop students’ creative hairdressing design skills. Students will research and explore hair design concepts and the techniques used to create various designs, enabling them to produce hair designs for competitions, photographic work and fashion shows.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2


*Course cost: Standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the International Programmes and Tuition Fees information page.

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2017