NZ Certificate in Commercial Barbering (Level 4)

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1 year


Level 4

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Where detail makes the difference!

Become a barber of the razor’s edge.

From modern fades to beard trims to the classic short cuts, our NZ Certificate in Commercial Barbering will see you become a fully qualified barber in one year.

Learn barbering practice and theory from skilled professionals. Sharpen your barbering skills under supervision in our commercial barber shop FadeIT.

Open up your career opportunities in this exciting, creative industry.


There is one entry date per year:

  • February

Your future career and study opportunities

The NZ Certificate in Commercial Barbering is intended as a stand-alone qualification in Barbering.

Upon graduating the world will be your oyster and career opportunities include:

  • Barber shop owner/operator
  • Pathway to Hairdressing
  • Military stylist
  • Theatre work


In this practically focused programme, you will learn from skilled professionals and gain the fundamental skills and knowledge required to work as a fully qualified barber.

This programme covers all aspects of the barbering industry, from barbering culture to modern fades, classic short cuts and beard trims, including in-house operations and client interactions. You will have the opportunity to put your skills and knowledge to practice with work-based learning in FadeIT, our on-campus commercial barber shop, working with clients and the latest barbering tools and equipment. Each client service is a step closer to becoming a fully qualified commercial barber.

You will also learn how to comply with health and safety requirements and meet professional barbering expectations and industry standards to be able to successfully contribute to various commercial barber shop operations.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply underpinning barbering theory and practice to safely and professionally complete barbering cuts and services, and provide client consultation, care and advice as a commercial barber.
  • Communicate with clients, peers, staff and suppliers as a commercial barber, in a culturally appropriate manner.
  • Apply knowledge of health and safety requirements to contribute to commercial barber shop operations.

Come in and have a chat about your study options with the staff at our Hawke’s Bay campus and view the facilities anytime.


Entry requirements

To be admitted to this programme applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • 40 credits at NCEA Level 1, including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits, or
  • a relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2 or above, or
  • a recognised equivalent.

Special and Discretionary Admission is also available.

Health and professional requirements

All applicants are required to:

  • Sign a declaration that they are in good health (having no medical, physical or psychological conditions that would preclude working with vulnerable clients).

If the declaration identifies any issue that may impact on the applicant’s ability to complete the programme, the applicant can discuss these with the Programme Coordinator at an information session. EIT reserves the right to decline entry to the programme should an applicant’s health difficulties be such that they would be considered unsuitable for the type of work undertaken whilst on this programme or by graduates of this programme. This decision will be based on relevant professional association or industry requirements.

English language entry requirements

All applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to acceptance in the programme. Ways in which English language fluency may be demonstrated include the following:

  • Successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction (subject to NZQA conditions)
  • Completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3 with any endorsement)
  • IELTS Academic score of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5.0, achieved in a single test within the two years preceding enrolment
  • Accepted international equivalents to the above IELTS scores
  • Completion of an EIT assessment

Entry with credit

You may already have some knowledge or skills that can be recognised as part of your intended study. This may take a number of different forms including study while at high school, study at a private training establishment, workplace training, other tertiary study, life experiences or voluntary work. If you think you may qualify, you may want to apply for Cross Credit (CC) or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

  • CC is based on the equivalency of courses or qualifications. You would apply for CC if you have passed a very similar course at the same level.
  • RPL is based on the assessment of your current knowledge and skills. You would apply for RPL if you had gained the relevant knowledge and skills through life experiences and informal learning situations.

You will be asked to provide details of anything that you would like considered as credit toward your intended programme of study, as part of your application.

You must apply prior to enrolment. CC and RPL cannot be awarded for a course if you are already enrolled in that course.

For further information and enquiries about CC and RPL please contact the Programme Administrator, Kenzie Turnbull, on 06 830 1439 or email

Transfers/cross credits

A similar qualification may be delivered at a number of other tertiary institutes around New Zealand. If you were to transfer to one of those other institutes you may be granted academic credit for some of the papers completed successfully while studying at EIT, but this is at the discretion of the other institute.

Please note: Fees are not transferable between institutes.

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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Hawke’s Bay Campus


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.