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New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Mar 2024


Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki


Build on your existing skills and learn the latest advanced beauty therapy techniques including lash lifting, lash extensions, microdermabrasion, body machinery, facial peels, advanced massage techniques and more. You will also be able to undertake CIDESCO qualifications (optional).

Classes are taught three days a week on campus (one late night per week to be scheduled throughout the year).

Beauty therapy graduates are in demand and you can expect to gain work in a salon or be able to work independently.

The programme includes

Lash lifting
Lash extensions
Body machinery
Facial peels
Hot stone massage
Brow lamination
Brazilian waxing

Graduates will be able to:

implement professional standards and expectations relating to advanced beauty services including all relevant health, safety and hygiene obligations.
undertake an in-depth consultation and build rapport with clients to analyse and evaluate their needs, and develop and manage a treatment plan for advanced beauty services.
apply knowledge of advanced skin care, body therapy and hair removal services as well as products and related skills, to meet client’s needs during and after treatment, in accordance with industry standards and current and emerging trends.
apply knowledge of relevant aspects of chemistry, physics and biology in an advanced beauty services context to provide effective services and ensure client comfort and safety.
manage the operation of a small beauty sector business or client base.
apply knowledge of skin and body diseases and disorders in order to identify symptoms, provide information and advice, and refer clients to health practitioners in accordance with industry standards relating to scope of practice.
provide nutritional advice which is complementary to advanced beauty services.

Employment pathway

Graduates of this qualification may be employed, contracted or self-employed, in positions such as:

Beauty Therapist
Salon Manager/owner
Product Company Representative

Entry criteria

  • New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4); or
  • Equivalent knowledge, skills, work experience or study.

Any applicants whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 5 (with no score below 5 in speaking, reading, writing and listening) or equivalent.

  • TOEFL (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL (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
  • OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • NZCEL Level 4 with a General or Employment endorsement
  • LanguageCert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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