New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support)
Level 3

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) (Level 3)

  • We are evolving

    From 2023, NMIT and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of
    Te Pūkenga, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. See more here.

  • Locations and dates


    20 February 2023
  • Study options

    Full-time. Part-time study is generally not available except in exceptional circumstances previously

  • Length

    38 weeks of full-time study including 6 holiday weeks

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2022: $7,264 plus $240 Student Services Levy

    Compulsory Student Services Levy applies ($2 per credit).

    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection.

    View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


In this hands-on programme you'll gain the skills required to work in the hairdressing industry.

This programme is eligible for fees-free funding through either the Youth Guarantee, First Year Fees Free, or an internal NMIT scholarship. Our staff will automatically review each application to ensure the appropriate fees-free funding is applied, student levy will be included.

If you are creative and love to help people look and feel better, Hairdressing could be the career for you.

Take opportunities on this programme to gain practical work experience at local salons, and in our on-site training salons in Nelson.

This programme reflects the latest developments in the hairdressing industry. You can take advantage of opportunities and local and national events to see the breadth of work available to skilled stylists. 


The tutors on this programme are passionate about hairdressing and about their students enjoying the beginning of their careers in this dynamic industry.

Successful graduates of the programme will be ready to progress to the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) or enter the industry as a junior apprentice having completed a proportion of the unit standards required to gain the National Certificate in Hairdressing Practice (Level 4).

NMIT is also involved in apprenticeship training.

COVID-19 vaccine

The Government COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021(external link) has been extended to include high-risk workers in the hospitality and service industries such as hair, beauty and fitness sector.

This has implications for our learners and staff who have close contact, customer facing, roles in the teaching and learning environment, and learner work placements.

The effect of this is that vaccination will soon be mandatory.

With the introduction of the Order, NMIT cannot secure placements for learners who are not vaccinated. If your vaccination status cannot be confirmed it is likely you will not be able to complete your qualification.








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