Level 3

Study hairdressing

Do you want a job as a junior hairdresser? Develop your technical and creative skills to start your career in hairdressing. Build your practical salon skills so you can assist senior stylists.

Programme highlights

Start here and learn the technical and creative skills you need to become a junior hairdresser.

Express your personal style as you learn basic techniques of cutting and styling hair. Get familiar with a range of colour treatments including applying and removing hair colouring products. This qualification will also help you develop the skills you need to work at the front desk in a salon.

When you graduate, you will be ready to get a job as a junior hairdresser. Or, you can further develop your hairdressing skills with our Level 4 programme.

You may be required to complete literacy and numeracy assessments as part of this programme.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements


Open entry for domestic students
There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

International students: English language entry requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:  https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/


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Programme structure

Programme structure

You will need to complete the following seven courses (120 credits):

891.328 Shampooing and treatments (15 credits)

Learn the practical skills to be able to shampoo and treat the hair and scalp; select and recommend suitable shampoo and conditioning products, and follow safe and professional practices.

  • Select and recommend shampoo and conditioning products
  • Shampoo and treat the hair and scalp
  • Perform a basic consultation on a client for a shampoo and treatment service
  • Follow safe and professional practices when shampooing and treating hair.

891.333 Introduction to styling and finishing hair (15 credits)

Learn the practical skills to be able to blow dry and set the hair into elementary styles; select and recommend styling products, and create appointments to contribute to salon workflow.

  • Blow-dry and set hair into introductory styles
  • Select and recommend styling products
  • Follow safe and professional practices when styling hair.

891.334 Elementary sectioning and cutting (15 credits)

Learn to cut manikin hair with scissors to a guideline; safely handle cutting tools and equipment; and follow legislative requirements.

  • Cut manikin hair with scissors and /or razor, to a given guideline
  • Describe the four basic cutting forms
  • Safely handle and maintain cutting tools and equipment when cutting hair.

891.335 Elementary salon practice (15 credits)

Learn to provide the practical skills to support services such as basic treatments and basic styling whilst adhering to health and safety requirements in a salon.

  • Converse and interact with clients and other team members in an appropriate manner
  • Display retail products in a salon
  • Create and maintain limited and familiar appointments and client records, to contribute to the salon workflow
  • Apply personal hygiene and self-style hair to promote hairdressing
  • Follow safe and professional practices in a salon.

891.336 Fundamental hair styling and finishing (15 credits)

Learn the practical skills to be able to style and finish clients under supervision.

  • Perform a foundation consultation on for a hairstyling service, demonstrating basic knowledge of hair and scalp analysis.
  • Perform fundamental styling tasks, including blow-drying and setting of hair, pin curling, pre-moulding, and basic long hair ups.
  • Recommend home hair care products to meet a range of client needs
  • Apply knowledge of style history and current trends
  • Follow safe and professional practices in a salon.

891.337 Fundamentals colouring and chemical treatments (30 credits)

Learn the practical skills to be able to apply colouring and chemical treatments to clients under supervision.

  • Perform a foundation consultation on a client for a colouring service, demonstrating basic knowledge of hair and scalp analysis
  • Apply and remove oxidative colour using a variety of techniques demonstrating fundamental knowledge of hair colouring products
  • Highlight/lowlight using elementary techniques
  • Explain the chemical effects of colouring and lightening on the hair and skin
  • Follow health and safety considerations when colouring the hair
  • Follow safe and professional practices in a salon.

891.338 Fundamentals salon practice (15 credits)

Gain the practical skills to be able to perform support services whilst adhering to safe, sustainable practices and legal requirements in a salon, including:

  • Adhere to the legal requirements related to working in a salon
  • Create and maintain appointments and client records to contribute to the salon workflow
  • Select and recommend products in a salon
  • Apply personal hygiene and self-style hair to promote hairdressing and the salon image.
Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?

Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.

Careers and pathways

Further training or study

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) (Level 4)

Career opportunities

Junior hairdressing positions. For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. Free study for Level 3 may be available for 16 to 24 year olds (Youth Guarantee). All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.

Information is correct as at 11 May 2023. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and 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 in this publication are based on the indicative 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. 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 part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.