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Hair Design Year One

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support)


Course details

Please note, places on this programme are limited.


Students will gain essential skills in hairdressing and salon operation, to prepare for an apprenticeship or entry position in the hairdressing industry. This programme includes 120 hours of work-based training in a real salon environment.

Course content includes aspects of salon administration such as banking, reconciliation and stock control so students will develop a knowledge of retail hair products and the merchandising and selling skills that are essential in any salon business.

Students will also learn key hairdressing skills such as colouring, styling, and foiling. Classic and contemporary hair design are incorporated into all aspects of the training.

View programme modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
HAIR307Core Hairdressing Industry Professional Competencies315  
HAIR308Practical Hairdressing One315  
HAIR309Wintec Salon Practice One315  
HAIR310Work Based Learning One315  
HAIR311Practical Hairdressing Two 315  
HAIR312Wintec Salon Practice Two315  
HAIR313Hair Design Practices315  
HAIR314Work Based Learning Two313  
HAIR315Hairdressing Capstone Practical32HAIR307 HAIR308 HAIR309 HAIR310 HAIR311 HAIR312 HAIR313 HAIR314  

Career/further opportunities

Graduates of the programme will have the skills and knowledge to work as hairdressers, barbers, salon managers, or hair stylists.



Entry criteria

This programme is open to anyone who wants to study. You don't need any previous study or work experience to apply.

Selection criteria

a) Candidates may be required to attend an interview and undertake a study skills assessment.
b) To meet legal and health requirements, candidates must by physically able to carry out the practical components of the programme.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

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Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Students starting Semester 2 2023

Whānau evening
Date: Thursday 13 July 2023
Time: 5pm-6.30pm
Venue: R Block Social Space, City Campus

Induction day
Date: Monday 17 July 2023
Time: 10.30am-4pm

Venue: R Block Social Space, City Campus

Induction itinerary:
  • 10.30am: Welcome and staff introductions 
  • 11am: Tours, ID cards, parking
  • 12pm: Lunch
  • 1pm: Class starts

What you will need

On your first day, please wear black pants and a black shirt. A hairdressing kit will be provided for you. You may also like to bring a clear file, an A4 impact document file with a dome clip-on flap, and a ring binder. 

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

    First aid certificate

    Health status



    Clinical placement

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