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Certificate in Hairdressing (Level 4)


Gain credits towards the National Certificate in Hairdressing (Hairdressing Practice) (Level 4)
  • Semester 1 starts 9 February 2017
  • One​ year full-time
  • Fee Guideline: $6,796​ (​International students: Please click here for fee information)
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  • ​ City Campus, Hamilton

City and Guilds Approved Centre LogoThis programme is an extension of the Certificate in Hairdressing (Level 3). Further develop your professional hairdressing skills and open the door to a world of opportunities - from salon ownership, fashion catwalk work, working on cruise ships or overseas!

Gain credits towards the National Certificate in Hairdressing (Hairdressing Practice) (Level 4) while you work towards the Wintec Certificate in Hairdressing (Level 4).

Also embedded within this programme are internationally recognised City & Guilds qualifications (​

Programme Content

Cutting, colouring, straightening and foiling are some of the skills you will learn to give your clients a fabulous salon treatment. Optional units covered include bleaching and toning.


  • Cut the Hair (Scissors) - Learn the basic theory of cutting hair with scissors and the practical skills involved with using scissors, clippers and a razor.
  • Cut the Hair (Razor) - Learn the basic theory of cutting hair and the practical skills involved with using scissors, clippers and a razor.
  • Advanced Hair Design - Gain advanced styling skills in setting hair and creating long hair designs. Learn to identify a client’s wants and needs and perform the skills required on the client to achieve the desired result.
  • Colouring Techniques - Gain an understanding of the principles of permanent colour and bleaching of the hair, as well as completing assessments in permanent colour, woven highlights and bleaching and toning the hair.
  • Straightening - Gain the knowledge required to chemically straighten hair and relaxing a permanent. Learn to consult with clients and identify their wants and needs to identify their desired result.
  • Colour Correction - Learn to remove unwanted additives from the hair, neutralise unwanted colours, consult with clients and meet their requirements.
  • Consultation - Gain the skills required to consult with clients about hairdressing services, analysing hair and scalp conditions and learn about corrective treatments and hairdressing products.

All students are required to undertake work experience.

On completion of the programme, to become a qualified Hairdresser, you’ll need to work in a salon to establish a clientele and complete three final unit standards. This is so that you learn to establish and build clientele and gain further knowledge of salon operations. Unit standards can be credited towards the National Certificate in Hairdressing (Hairdressing Practice) (Level 4).

Learn by doing

Wintec’s state-of–the-art Centre for Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy boasts two fully equipped salons where you can hone your skills. You’ll be working with real clients, building your skills and gaining experience. You'll also have the opportunity to help out with Waikato fashion events and work alongside Media Arts students on photo shoots These photos can then be entered into appropriate competitions. There may also be opportunities to work for charities such as Hospice and Canteen.

Industry Experts and Connections

Your tutors are all involved with the Waikato Hairdressers Association, either on the committee or involved with the Waikato Hair Design Awards. This brings strong partnerships with local salons and their owners, opening your way to work experience and job opportunities.

Graduate Opportunities

The Certificate in Hairdressing (Level 4) may lead to employment in the hairdressing industry, an apprenticeship, completion of hairdressing practice, hair products sales representative, colourist, salon owner and work-from-home opportunities.

Scheduling & Workload
Timetables will be provided closer to your start date (as this is dependent on what streams you will be  placed in). As a general guideline the expectation is that you will be required to be at Wintec up to 4 days per week, with at least one late night. The non-timetabled day is to be spent in self-directed study or in work placement.

Entry Criteria

  • Certificate in Hairdressing (Level 3), or
  • Equivalent qualification.

Selection will be made on the basis of previous academic achievement and other relevant experience, as well as a demonstration of excellent communication skills, self motivation and a genuine interest in the hairdressing industry.

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