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New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support)

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1 year

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Train towards a career in the hairdressing industry with UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support).

Get a start in hairdressing with UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support). You'll learn essential skills such as reception duties, shampooing, applying treatments or colours, and styling. You'll also be introduced to cutting.

You'll gain real-world experience in our campus salons, where you'll cultivate your own clientelle, perform hairdressing treatments with the support of your lecturer, and build confidence in your skills. We have a strong culture of team work and we like to have fun.

If you enjoy hair styling and colour work, you'll love our annual History of Hair competition, where you can re-imagine and create a historic themed hair style.

Career & Study Outcomes

On completion of this qualification gain entry into New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist). You'll also be able to work as a salon assistant undertaking the following duties:

  • Confidently communicate with colleagues and clients
  • 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
  • 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 long 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 activities on the environment

Education pathway

  • New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist)

Course Information

This programme comprises 120 Credits.

  • Introduction to Salon Operations (15 Credits)
  • Introduction to Salon Knowledge and Skills (15 Credits)
  • Introduction to Hair and Scalp Treatments (15 Credits)
  • Introduction to Basic Styling (15 Credits)
  • Salon Systems and Processes (15 Credits)
  • Professional Salon Support Practice (15 Credits)
  • Basic Hair Cutting and Colouring Skills (15 Credits)
  • Wet to Dry Styling (15 Credits)

Industry Connections

Regional hairdressing competitions

Learning Facilities

Fully equipped hairdressing and beauty salon, classrooms and computer labs.

Entry criteria

This programme has open entry.

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5 with no band score less than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).

English language Requirement: IELTS - General or Academic: Score of 5.0 with no band lower than 5; TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 with score of 154; no less than 154 in each skill; OET - Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; NZCEL - Level 3 (General); and Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Score of 36 with no band less than 36.

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