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New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4)

This course is available


Level of Study



120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology


The future is bright, kick-start your beauty therapy career with colour, treatments and techniques.

Interested in the latest beauty treatments and want people to feel confident by helping them look and feel great? If so, a career in the beauty therapy industry may be perfect for you.

Suppose you like science or studying the way the body works. In that case, you'll be fascinated to develop your understanding of human anatomy and physiology, the essential foundation for both massage and beauty therapy.

You'll also learn the latest facial treatments, makeup and massage techniques, waxing services, tanning and nails. As your knowledge and skills grow, you'll be able to offer these services at our professional on-campus beauty salon, Beauty Zone.

Careers and opportunities

NMIT belongs to the New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Therapists.

Consider continuing your studies with a New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy qualification. Highly regarded by employers, this programme is one you can achieve while working as a:

  • Beauty therapist
  • Make-up artist
  • Wellbeing therapist
  • Nail technician
  • Waxing or electrolysis technician
  • Massage therapist
  • Beauty therapist on cruise ships or superyachts
  • Beauty therapy sales technician
  • Beauty therapy pharmacy sales technician
  • Make-up for television and film
  • Beauty therapy educator

Entry criteria

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to New Zealand NCEA Level 1. Entry requirements vary from country to country.

Alternative requirements

Applicants (including those over 20 years of age) who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic Entry Requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry by the Curriculum Manager or delegate.

English language requirements

You must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those students whose first language is not English should have an international English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 5.0 (with at least 5.0 in each band).

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examinations - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36

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