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New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy

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1 year

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Expand your skills and expertise to become a leader in beauty therapy.

This programme will enable you to become a highly qualified beauty therapist by building on your existing foundation of knowledge and skills. It will equip you to work in a variety of settings and take on greater responsibilities. You'll also become capable of managing or owning your own beauty clinic.

Specifically, you'll learn about a range of treatments that will extend your capabilities in advanced skincare, nutrition, microdermabrasion, electrology hair removal, hot stone massage, body wraps and exfoliations, dermal needling and LED light therapy. You'll extend your ability to take on advanced responsibilities and implement professional standards in the areas of health, safety and hygiene - skills that are valued in the industry and will enhance employment opportunities.

To meet Health and Safety requirements, applicants must be physically able to undertake the practical components of the programme in an industry emulated environment.

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion of this programme you'll be equipped to work as a fully qualified beauty therapist with advanced skin and body care skills. Opportunities include working as a product trainer, providing beauty treatments in a commercial salon or spa environment or even working on luxury cruise ships. With experience, you can progress to owning or operating a salon or spa.

Study pathways

By complementing your beauty therapy skills with a business qualification you can prepare to become a successful small business operator. Options for this include the New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management), the New Zealand Diploma in Business and the Bachelor of Applied Management.

Entry criteria

The New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) or equivalent skills and knowledge, experience, and/or qualifications

Alternative requirements

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

English language requirements:

IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5


TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)

Cambridge English Qualifications - 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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