NZ Certificate in Barber Skills [Level 3]

Study Options



1 year


Level 3

Where Detail Makes the Difference!

From modern fades to the classic short back and sides, this certificate will equip you with the skills and techniques to set you on the
path to becoming a professional Barber. Students may be involved with work experience throughout the year.


There is one entry date per year:

  • February

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

Graduating with the NZ Certificate in Barber Skills [Level 3] will open up a wide variety of future opportunities and is the first first of two qualifications that provide alternative pathways to recognition as a qualified Commercial Barber. It would most likely be achieved through a provider, but could also be achieved through workplace-based learning.

The world will be your oyster and you could end up working in the following areas:

  • Salon support
  • Salon reception
  • Retail sales



The purpose of this qualification is to provide the barbering industry with people who have the fundamental skills and knowledge to begin working at an entry level. It is aimed at learners who may not yet be equipped to work in the industry and who may benefit from the opportunity to re-engage with the learning process in preparation for entering the barbering workplace.

Graduates will be able to undertake basic initial barbering haircuts, using introductory barbering skills. They will be able to communicate effectively with clients at an entry-level, comply with health and safety requirements, and meet professional barbering expectations and standards.
They will not be considered qualified Commercial Barbers. Graduates will be considered capable of operating at a foundation level under supervision.

Subject areas include:

  • Apply knowledge of underpinning barbering theory and practice, and initial barbering techniques, to complete haircuts and barbering services for clients under supervision.
  • Complete an initial consultation with clients to establish the appropriate barbering service.
  • Provide client care and advice, and carry out associated transactions and sales.
  • Comply with all health, safety and hygiene legislation and regulations, and professional standards and expectations relating to the barbering industry.
  • Work based learning in Elite EIT’s commercial hairdressing salon.

Come in and have a chat about your study options with the staff at our Hawke’s Bay campus. Or, simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.



  • NCEA Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements (or equivalent).

For applicants 20 years or over, there are no minimum academic requirements. However, applicants will need to provide their CV detailing any relevant work experience and academic achievements. The programme coordinator will use this information to assess whether the applicant is likely to successfully complete the NZ Certificate in Barber Skills [Level 3].

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 student’s ability to complete the programme, the student 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. The guidelines on which this decision will be based on relevant professional association or industry requirements.

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.