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New Zealand Certificate in Barber Skills

Wellington Institute of Technology

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Entry requirements

Entry is open to students who are over the age of 16 years, or who have a school attendance exemption, and who have a strong interest in barbering. Applicants will undertake and interview for admission to the programme.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the barbering industry with people who have the fundamental skills and knowledge to begin working at an entry level. It is aimed at learners who may not yet be equipped to work in industry and who may benefit from the opportunity to re-engage with the learning process in preparation for entering the barbering workplace. Without this qualification, these learners would not likely be taken on as workers within the barbering industry.

Graduates will be able to undertake basic initial barbering haircuts, using introductory barbering skills. They will be able to communicate effectively with clients at an entry-level, comply with health and safety requirements, and meet professional barbering expectations and standards.

They will not be considered qualified Commercial Barbers. They will be seen in industry as new entrants with pre-trade training.

This qualification is the first of two qualifications that provide alternative pathways to recognition as a qualified Commercial Barber. It would most likely be achieved through a provider, but could also be achieved through workplace-based learning.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Personal Services at this level can earn:


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Median earnings two years after study


Median earnings five years after study

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Employment rate two years after study

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 935 832
Phone: (04) 920 2400
Fax: (04) 920 2401

Please contact the provider for details of where this qualification is offered.

The MyQ data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on responses to the MyQ survey provided by recent graduates of this qualification.

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