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New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist)

Level 4

Are you ready to make an immediate contribution in a hair salon? Study UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist).

  • New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist)New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist)
  • A hairdressing student at UCOL in WhanganuiA hairdressing student at UCOL in Whanganui
  • A hairdressing student at UCOL in Palmerston NorthA hairdressing student at UCOL in Palmerston North
  • Setting a model's hairSetting a model's hair
  • UCOL's Whanganui hair salonUCOL's Whanganui hair salon
  • Putting foils in a client's hairPutting foils in a client's hair
  • Under the dryerUnder the dryer
  • Combing a model's hairCombing a model's hair
  • Looking at colour samplesLooking at colour samples
Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wairarapa

Duration: 1 year full-time

19 Feb 2018 - 23 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$6,995.00Scholarship info

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) aims to prepare you to perform salon and client services that contribute to the effective operation of a hairdressing salon. 

You'll gain comprehensive knowledge and skills in the areas of hairdressing and commercial salon operations, with a range of core transferable skills that enhance your ability to make well-informed choices of a career or academic path and with the language, literacy and numeracy skills required for work and study. 

You are provided with opportunities for both theoretical and experiential learning in a salon environment that directly reflects workplace conditions and expectations. 

 Career & Study Outcomes

As a graduate of this qualification you will be able to:

  • Perform client consultations, including hair and scalp analysis in relation to chemical services
  • Recommend home hair care products to meet a range of client needs
  • Perform complex styling tasks, including blow waving, fingerwaving, setting and long hair-ups
  • Perform foundation scissor and razor cutting services
  • Select colour and perform a range of colouring and de-colouring services 
  • Assist colleagues with a range of chemical reformation services, including application and neutralising
  • Ensure your own actions impact positively on the profitability of a salon

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Hairdressers and Barbers.

Education pathway

Graduates who wish to further specialise can enrol into the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional Stylist) (Level 4) (Not offered by UCOL).

 Course Information

  • Complex Hairstyling
  • Hair Cutting
  • Chemical Reformation of the Hair
  • Colouring Techniques
  • Hair and Scalp Treatments
  • Salon Knowledge and Skills

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

Our Beauty and Hairdressing students have opportunities to be involved in some of the region's premier events including:
  • Miss Teen Manawatu (Palmerston North only)
  • Miss Manawatu# (Palmerston North only)
  • Evento (Palmerston North only)
  • Youth Underground (Palmerston North only)
  • Regional hairdressing competitions

 Learning Facilities

Fully equipped hairdressing and beauty salon, classrooms and computer labs.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) or equivalent knowledge and skills.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable

 Advice & Guidance

The New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) comprises 120 credits.

This Programme is suitable for learners with prior knowledge of salon support and client support services in a hairdressing salon, who wish to develop skills and knowledge towards becoming a hairstylist.

The New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) is a one year programme consisting of 40 weeks in length, including six holiday weeks. Learning is a blend of theory, technical skills and practical work experience. You will be expected to be in class for approximately 21 hours per week.
Independent Learning
You are also expected to spend up to 11 hours per week spent on independent learning. This time is dedicated to self-directed research, study, completion of assignments and practicing your styling techniques.

Work Experience
You must also complete 90 hours of work experience as part of the programme.  These hours may be carried out in industry or in UCOL’s training salon.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

 Additional Costs

Two pairs of black or natural coloured stockings
One black top (chiffon type material) worn with a black singlet
One pair of industry standard shoes (no laces permitted in the salon unless covered toe and leather)

  • Ring binder/s
  • Refill
  • Subject dividers
  • Pens/pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Memory stick
Hairdressing tools and equipment kit  (Approximately $562)

Note that students are responsible for providing models for practical sessions and all practical assessments.


New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.