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New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected July 2022


Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki


In this programme you will learn all things beauty from head to toe. Gaining plenty of practical experience in our campus salon Industries, preparing you for the workforce.

This qualification is intended for learners who have little or no prior learning or experience in beauty services. Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Implement professional standards and expectations relating to the beauty workplace including all relevant health, safety and hygiene obligations.
  • Undertake a full consultation with clients, build client rapport, and perform an in-depth need analysis for beauty services and product needs to develop a beauty treatment plan, in accordance with industry standards and current and emerging trends.
  • Apply knowledge of natural nail services, facial and skincare services, manual hair removal and body care services.
  • Perform facial and skin care services.
  • Perform manual hair removal and body care services.
  • Apply knowledge of relevant aspects of chemistry, physics and biology in a beauty services context to provide effective services and ensure client comfort and safety.
  • Provide nutritional advice specific to the skin which is complementary for healthy skin, hair and nails.
  • Apply knowledge of skin and skin-related disease and disorders to identify symptoms and advise clients’ of possible implications in terms of proposed beauty services.
  • Provide reception and client sales services and carry out associated transactions and administration.
  • Contribute to the operation of a small beauty sector business or client base

Career Options

Graduates of this qualification may be employed in positions such as:

  • Beauty therapist
  • Cosmetic product company representative.

Education pathway

This qualification builds on the New Zealand Certificate in Makeup and Skincare (Level 3) and may lead to the: NZ Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5).

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