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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 Jul 2023


Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki


Build on your existing beauty therapy skills and training and take your skills to the next level. Learn the latest advanced beauty therapy techniques from our industry experienced tutors and work in the rewarding beauty therapy industry.

Beauty therapy graduates are in demand and you can expect to gain work in a salon or be able to work independently. Students have the opportunity to sit an optional CIDESCO qualification which opens the door to work worldwide.

The programme includes:

  • Lash lifting
  • Lash extensions
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Body machinery
  • Facial peels
  • Hot stone massage
  • Brow lamination
  • Brazilian waxing
  • The programme runs three days per week on campus with one late night per week in the second half of the programme so you can gain practical experience working with clients in our Industrie training salon.

    Career Options Graduates of this qualification may be employed, contracted or self-employed, in positions such as: Beauty Therapist Salon Manager Product Company Representative Brand Manager Account Manager Salon Owner.

Entry criteria

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

Students must also meet the English language proficiency requirements as below:

  • IELTS 5.5 (academic) overall with no band score lower than 5
  • 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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