Develop your technical and creative skills to provide essential support in a salon. Build up practical salon skills so you can assist senior stylists with a range of styling, colour and cutting services. Carry out styling techniques, including blow-drying, moulding, setting and creating long hair up-dos.
Undertake a range of colour treatments, such as mixing, applying and removing colour. Learn relevant cutting techniques and how to provide client consultations. You'll also develop reception skills like booking appointments and selling hair products.
On graduating, you'll be able to apply for the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) (Level 4).
Start-up kit included
If you study this programme, you'll receive a start-up kit of essential equipment you need to complete your studies.
||34 weeks (full-time)
||Accepted throughout the year
||Free* or $7,100 (approx.)
|International Student Fees
*Free Study for Level 3 may be available for 16 to 19 year olds (Youth Guarantee). Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs may also apply. Visit manukau.ac.nz for more information.
Information is correct at November 2016. Programme fees may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted on this website are based on the indicative 2017 fee structure. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. If your fees are paid by credit card, a credit card fee will be payable in addition to programme fees. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989.
Junior hairdressing positions
Students must successfully complete the following courses:
Shampooing and Treatments - Level 3
- Select and recommend shampoo and conditioning products
- Shampoo and treat hair and scalp
- Follow safe and professional practices in a salon, including health and hygiene
Style and Finish Hair - Level 3
- Create and maintain appointments and client records to contribute to the salon workflow
- Blow dry and set hair into introductory styles
- Select and recommend styling products
Sectioning and Cutting - Level 3
- Cut hair with scissors to a given guideline
- Safely handle tools and equipment
- Follow legal requirements within a salon
Salon Practice - Level 3
- Converse and interact with clients and other team members
- Demonstrate professional personal practices in a salon
- Display products in a salon
- Follow sustainable practices in a salon
Advanced Style and Finish Hair - Level 3
- Perform styling tasks, including blow drying, moulding, finger waving, setting and long hair ups
- Recommend home hair care products to meet a range of client needs
Colouring and Chemical Treatments - Level 4
- Apply and remove oxidative colour using a variety of techniques
- Assist with a straightening service
- Perform a limited scope consultation on a client
- Demonstrate professionalism in a salon
New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) (Level 4)
34 weeks (full-time) incl. four weeks' break
||January, May and September
To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view our Academic Year and Key Dates
Faculty of Consumer Services - School of Hairdressing
Applicants must meet the following entry criteria
- Be able to demonstrate the attitude and ability to work and study at the level required for the respective programme and
- Be physically capable of safely and effectively completing the practical aspects of the programme. In accordance with health and safety guidelines the Manukau Institute of Technology will not allow women who are pregnant to work or study when the general risk to mother or child is deemed too high. As a rule this restriction is deemed to occur at seven and a half months into the pregnancy however may be applied earlier in specific cases if the risks to mother or child are deemed unacceptable.
- Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success.
- Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Faculty Dean.
An interview is not required.
iii. English Language entry requirements
Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English.
Any applicant whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of their English language competency as follows:
English Language requirements for International Students
International students seeking entry into this programme must meet oneof the following requirements:
- has gained NCEA Level 3 and has met current New Zealand university entrance requirements; or
- has supplied clear evidence that they satisfy one of the criteria for existing English proficiency listed on NZQA's website:
- Previous primary and secondary study in English
- Previous tertiary study in English
- Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
- New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL); or
- has achieved, within the preceding two years, at least one of the following:
- Internationally recognised English proficiency outcomes listed in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013(v2) for the level of this programme or
- in respect of enrolment in a Category 1 or 2 institution, has achieved a score in an English proficiency assessment that is equivalent to or better than the English proficiency outcomes listed in the relevant row of the Table in Appendix 2 for the level in which the student is being enrolled, where the methodologies and process for that English proficiency assessment:
- have been approved by NZQA through clauses 18.3 and 18.4 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013(v2), and where the assessment was carried out by the holder of the approval; and have been listed on NZQA's website as approved; or
- in respect of enrolment in a Category 1 institution, has achieved a score in that Category 1 institution's English proficiency assessment that is equivalent to or better than the English proficiency outcomes listed in the relevant row of the Table in Appendix 2 for the level in which the student is being enrolled.
Entry requirements should not pose any unreasonable barriers to entry and are appropriate to the level of study. They may include age, academic requirements, literacy, numeracy, previous learning or experience, legislation (e.g. police records etc.), and any additional requirements for overseas students.
For the minimum English language requirements refer to the following website:
Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Faculty Dean.
For help with choosing a programme or for further information about studying at MIT please contact our Information and Application Centre.