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New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing Salon Support (Level 3)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Mar 2023


Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki


This qualification is the beginning of your hairdressing career as you gain knowledge of salon culture, hierarchy and specific industry terminology; including reception duties, salon support, elementary styling tasks, including blow-drying, moulding, setting and long hair ups, and an introduction to cutting and colour treatments.

You will learn how to:

  • Apply knowledge of salon culture, hierarchy and specific industry terminology to communicate appropriately with clients, peers and supervisors within the salon.
  • Follow instructions and ensure observation of technical skills is respectful of the client experience
  • Undertake limited reception duties, including appointment making, home hair care sales and maintenance of retail product displays
  • Apply knowledge of the key role a salon assistant plays to provide limited support services that contribute to the client journey through the salon
  • Perform a limited scope consultation, including hair and scalp analysis
  • Perform elementary styling tasks, including blow drying, moulding, setting and hair ups
  • Safely hold scissors, follow a pre-cut guide, comb and project the hair and maintain even tension on a mannequin
  • Mix, apply and remove a limited range of colour treatments as directed
  • Understand the process and basic principles when neutralising chemical reformation services
  • Meet the personal health and presentation requirements of the salon environment, and self-style in ways that promote current trends in fashion
  • Follow workplace health, safety, hygiene and environmental policies.
  • Identify and report potential hazards to minimise the impact of workplace hazards in the salon environment

Future Study Options:

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing, Emerging Stylist (level 4) or Professional Stylist (level 4) as part of an Industry apprenticeship.

Career Options:

Hairdresser employed in salons, retail stores, cruise ships, film, TV and fashion.

Entry criteria

  • Open entry.

Students must also meet the English language proficiency requirements as below:

  • General or Academic IELTS score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL (pBT) score of 500 (with an essay score of 4.0 TWE)
  • TOEFL (iBT) score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examinations: B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill
  • OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36
  • NZCEL Level 3 with an endorsement General
  • LanguageCert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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