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New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support)

Level 3

Study towards a career in a hairdressing salon with UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support).

  • UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support)UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support)
  • Students in UCOL's Palmerston North salonStudents in UCOL's Palmerston North salon
  • UCOL's Palmerston North hair salon environmentUCOL's Palmerston North hair salon environment
  • Styling a model's hairStyling a model's hair
  • A UCOL hairdressing studentA UCOL hairdressing student
  • Washing a client's hairWashing a client's hair
  • Demonstrating cutting hair at UCOL's Whanganui salonDemonstrating cutting hair at UCOL's Whanganui salon
  • Learning how to style a client's hairLearning how to style a client's hair
  • Selecting hair colourSelecting hair colour
  • A mature student styling hairA mature student styling hair
  • Setting a client's hairSetting a client's hair
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wairarapa

Duration: 1 year, full-time

19 Feb 2018 - 9 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$6,528.00 Scholarship 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.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the workings of a commercial hair salon and learn how to provide limited salon support and client services under supervision.

The New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) provides opportunities for both theoretical and experiential learning in a salon environment that directly reflects workplace conditions and expectations.

UCOL hairdressing students gain extensive experience at our onsite salons. Here are New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) students doing sets and foils at a recent client day in Whanganui:


Hear from 2017 graduate, Natalia Grant:


 Career & Study Outcomes

On completion of this qualification you’ll be equipped to work in a salon support role in a hairdressing salon and be able to:

  • Confidently communicate with colleagues and clients
  • Follow instructions and ensure observation of technical skills is respectful of the client experience 
  • Undertake limited reception duties, including appointment making, home hair care sales and maintenance of retail product displays
  • Provide limited support services that contribute to the client journey through the salon
  • Perform a limited scope consultation, including hair and scalp analysis
  • Perform elementary styling tasks, including blow drying, moulding, setting and long hair-ups
  • Safely hold scissors, follow a pre-cut guide, comb and project the hair and maintain even tension on a mannequin
  • Mix, apply and remove a limited range of colour treatments as directed
  • Understand the process and basic principles when neutralising chemical reformation services 
  • Meet the personal health and presentation requirements of the salon environment, and self-style in ways that promote current trends in fashion
  • Follow workplace health, safety, hygiene and environmental policies, identify and report potential hazards to minimise the impact of workplace activities on the environment

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 in:

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist)

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional Stylist) (Not offered by UCOL)

 Course Information

  • Introduction to Salon Operations
  • Introduction to Salon Knowledge and Skills
  • Introduction to Hair and Scalp Treatments
  • Introduction to Basic Styling
  • Salon Systems and Processes
  • Professional Salon Support Practice
  • Basic Hair Cutting and Colouring Skills
  • Wet to Dry Styling

Previous Related Programmes

The New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:
  • Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support)

 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

This programme has open entry, however it is recommended that students have:

  • At least 10 credits NCEA Level 1 showing basic literacy or equivalent
  • At least 10 credits NCEA Level 1 showing basic numeracy or equivalent


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

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5 with no band score lower than 5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

The New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) (Level 3) comprises 120 credits. 
The New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) is suitable for learners who may have no prior knowledge or experience in support services for hairdressing salons and clients. You must complete 50 hours of work experience as part of the programme.
It is the first in a suite of qualifications that provide alternative pathways to recognition as a professional hairstylist.
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 $239)
Note that students are responsible for providing models for practical sessions and all practical assessments. 


The programme 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.