NZ Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) [Level 3]

Study Options



1 year, 2 years


Level 3

We are still contactable about this programme

Interested in this programme? Gayle Simon the programme secretary is working remotely and can still be contacted via phone: (06) 8301562 – or email:

Do You Have a Flair for Hair?

From simple trims to wave blown restyles, this certificate will equip you with the skills and techniques to set you on the path to becoming a professional stylist. This programme leads on to the following level 4 certificate.

In your second year you will develop your creativity, gain expert knowledge and skills. Graduates can pursue a professional career in hairdressing or work in associated beauty industries.


There is one are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

Graduating with the Certificate in Hairdressing will open up a wide variety of future opportunities in hairstyling and hair-care. Following completion of the programme you’ll be well placed to enter the dynamic and glamorous world of professional hairstyling. The world will be your oyster and you could end up working:

  • In a contemporary salon locally, nationally or internationally
  • As a personal hairstylist for a celebrity
  • In the TV and film industry
  • In your very own hair salon


The purpose of this qualification is to provide the hairdressing industry with people who have obtained sufficient knowledge, practical skills and attitudes to perform limited salon and client support services that contribute to the effective operation of the salon.  

This qualification is suitable for learners who may have no prior knowledge or experience in support services for hairdressing salons and clients and who wish to provide limited salon support and client support services in a hairdressing salon.

Graduates will be capable of operating at a foundation level under supervision.  

Project based learning will be used to deliver the content in a practical so students are industry aligned.

Subject areas include:

  • Preparation for employment in the hairdressing industry.
  • Foundation skills to designing a total looking including short and long hair styling, cutting and colouring.
  • Client journey throughout the salon
  • Creative hair design
  • Work based learning in EIT’s commercial  salon –  Elite

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.


Applicants under 20 years old

  • NCEA Level 1 literacy and numeracy requirements (or equivalent).

Applicants 20 years or over

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 Hairdressing (Salon Support).

Health criteria

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.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must have an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to enrolment in the programme.  This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including successful study of a programme in which  English was the language of instruction, completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3), approved scores on IELTS tests (5.0 Academic with no band score lower than 5.0), completion of accepted international equivalents, or completion of an EIT assessment.

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.

Find out more:

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.