Get qualified
Are you an experienced hairdresser or barber interested in gaining your New Zealand qualification? HITO can help.
Barbering apprenticeships
Kickstart your career as a cool, smart and social barber.
Hairdressing apprenticeships
Are you creative, fashion-forward, and social? A career in hairdressing is for you.
Beauty Therapy Apprenticeships
Start a career in wellbeing and focus on helping people look and feel amazing.


HITO is the New Zealand Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation. We help the barbering, beauty, and hairdressing industries get qualified.

HITO manage apprenticeships in hair and beauty. We also offer some advanced qualifications and a nail technology qualification. We help hair and beauty professionals at all levels, from beginner to experienced, get their national qualifications.

We make sure New Zealand has the highest standard of hair and beauty training and that the national hair and beauty qualifications create skilled, successful professionals.


Kickstart your career in barbering, beauty, or hair


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Find a job in barbering, beauty, or hair or look for your next employee


Already qualified? Take a look at what else HITO can offer you


Help your students find the right career for them


Download the resources you need to start your training



Our sales and liaison team

Karenza Harris

Northern Region
(027) 470 0169

Jaene Louw

Auckland Region
(027) 443 2401

No manager currently

Midland Region
(027) 480 6550

No manager currently

Mid-Central Region
(027) 470 0170

Shelly Forbes

Central Region
(027) 445 5758

Kylie Dalley

Northern South Region
(027) 483 2405

Louise Walters

Southern South
027 470 0171

Aquarius: Literacy Support


Aquarius is an online interactive resource which contains activities you can use to train apprentices (and other staff) to build their literacy and numeracy skills in all sorts of areas, from customer service to understanding product information.

The tool contains PDF worksheets which you can download and print-out for your staff to complete.