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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 Feb 2023


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology


Take your first step towards a rewarding career, study Beauty Therapy (Level 4) at a premium category 1 provider.

This one year certificate can be built on with an additional year's study to gain the New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy.

Real world experiences you will love

Our commercial training salon offers a unique 'real world' experiences. You will also have offsite salon visits and be involved in public and community events.

There are many different career paths you can take in the beauty industry. Choosing to study at NMIT means you will learn many different techniques and be given opportunities to gain an understanding of your many different options in this field.

You will learn waxing services, tanning, make up, facial treatments, nails, anatomy, physiology and more.

Careers and opportunities

There are many ways you can develop your beauty therapy career.

Go onto to study the New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy.

Work 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

Training clinics

Beauty Zone provides the environment of commercial beauty and body therapy salons in order to prepare students for careers in the beauty industry.

We welcome new clients to come and use our services.

  • Beauty Zone - Nelson campus

Entry criteria

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

You must be at least 17 years of age at the time the programme commences.

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

Special Entry

Special Entry approval is required from the Curriculum Manager or delegate. Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may apply for Special Entry.

Qualifications other than those listed in the Entry Requirements above will need to be assessed for equivalence, and applicants holding these qualifications will need to apply for Special Entry approval from the Curriculum Manager or delegate.

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