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Hair design student with salon client

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Level 3)


Course details

Please note, places on this programme are limited.


Kickstart your hairdressing career as a junior or assistant stylist in a hairdressing salon. In this programme, you will gain essential skills in hairstyling, colouring and basic haircutting techniques.

You will become equipped with the knowledge, practical skills and attributes necessary to contribute to the efficient operation of a salon, as well as the delivery of high-quality services to clients.

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Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
PERS3201Professional Identity310  
PERS3202Salon Discovery315  
PERS3203The Art of Hair Design320  
PERS3204Reformation Basics315  
PERS3205Introduction to Sculpture315  
PERS3206Colour Basics320  
PERS3207Client Journey315PERS3201-6 
PERS3208Grand Finale310PERS3207


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

General admission
There is open entry to this programme although you must demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success.

English language requirements
International applicants must provide evidence that they have the necessary English language proficiency and are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) Academic band score of 5.0, with no individual band score lower than 5.0 from one test taken in the last two years, or equivalent described in NZQA Rules.

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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.

Semester 2 2024

Whānau evening
Date: Thursday 18 July 2024
Time: 5pm-6.30pm

Venue: R Block Social Space, City Campus

Date: Tuesday 30 July 2024
Time: 9am-4pm
Venue: R Block social space, City Campus

Induction itinerary:
  • Welcome and staff introductions 
  • Tours, ID cards, parking
  • Lunch
  • 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 - payment and permits may be required. The Gardens Campus has free parking available. Learn more about parking and find out about 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

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    Health status



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