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

Study Options



1 year


Level 3

Do You Have a Flair for Hair?

From simple hairstyles and colouring techniques, 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 NZ Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) [Level 4].

In your second year you will develop your creativity while gaining expert knowledge and skills. Upon graduating you can pursue a professional career in hairdressing or work in associated beauty industries.


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Graduating with the NZ Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) [Level 3] 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:

  • Salon support
  • Salon reception
  • Retail sales

Complete your qualification by enroling in the NZ Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) [Level 4].



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 if you have no prior knowledge or experience in support services for hairdressing salons and clients and if you wish to provide limited salon support and client support services in a hairdressing salon.

Project-based learning will be used to deliver the content practically so you are industry aligned and as a graduate you will be capable of operating at a foundation level under supervision.

Subject Areas

  • Preparation for employment in the hairdressing industry
  • Foundation skills to designing a total look including short and long hair styling, cutting and colouring
  • Client journey throughout the salon
  • Creative hair design
  • Work-based learning in salon 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 and view our facilities anytime.


Entry Criteria

Applicants under 20 years old:

  • NCEA Level 1

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. This information will be used to assess whether the applicant is likely to successfully complete the NZ Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) [Level 3].

ALL applicants must show evidence of a level of literacy and numeracy sufficient to:

  • Be able to study at this level; and
  • Interpret and apply health and safety requirements.

LNAAT or similar assessment of literacy and numeracy may be required.

Health and Professional Criteria

All applicants are required to:

  • Complete a NZ Police Vetting Service Request and Consent form.
  • 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 police record or 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 Requirement

All applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to acceptance in the programme.

For international students wishing to enrol in the NZ Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) [Level 3], 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, with no band score lower than 5, achieved in a single test within the two years preceding enrolment.
  • Accepted international equivalents to the above IELTS scores.

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.