NZ Certificate in Hairdressing (Level 3)

Study Options



1 year


Level 3

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Do you have a flair for hair?

Get practical skills backed up by theoretical knowledge using project based learning. From simple blow waves to fashion-focused colouring techniques, you can get creative!

This certificate will equip you with the skills and techniques to set you on the path to becoming a professional stylist. On completion, you can progress into the NZ Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional 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, colouring and reformation basics
  • Client journey throughout the salon
  • Creative hair design
  • Work-based learning in salon ELITE, the EIT 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.

Your future career and study opportunities

Graduating with the NZ Certificate in Hairdressing (Level 3) will open up a wide variety of future opportunities in hairstyling and hair-care.

Following completion of the programme you will 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 the following areas:

  • Salon support
  • Salon reception
  • Retail sales

Complete your qualification by continuing your study with:

  • NZ Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) (Level 4)
  • NZ Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional Stylist) (Level 4)



There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July


Entry requirements

English language entry requirements

Academic learning services

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We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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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.