As a beauty therapy apprentice you’ll be employed by a beauty business and will be trained by a qualified employer or trainer in the workplace. You’ll receive a specially designed Beauty Therapy training manual and your employer will have a trainer’s manual too. All of your training is done at work and you’ll learn about manicure, pedicure, waxing, facials, makeup, and other beauty therapy skills. All the learning happens in the workplace. You’ll gain real, hands-on experience and get paid too – so and apprenticeship is an affordable option for getting qualified as there’s no student loan.

Qualifications

Beauty Services (Nail Technology)
Beauty Services (Beautician)

Duration

2-3 Years

Cost

$1700 approximately

Level

3 & 4

When you finish your apprenticeship, you’ll be fully qualified and achieve two National Certificates:

  • National Certificate in Beauty Services (Beauty Therapy)
  • National Certificate in Beauty Services (Nail Technology)

You’ll learn all the skills you need to work in beauty therapy, including all the salon and customer service skills necessary to be commercially successful.

To start your journey, you’ll need to find an apprenticeship. If you’ve already found an apprenticeship or are already in a job, congratulations! Download a training agreement and get your employer to sign you up.

“I think that doing an apprenticeship is a much better way of learning. I have friends who go to the course now who tell me they wish they were doing what I’m doing. I’m already working in the industry, I’m getting experience, building up my clientele; you can’t beat it”

There are two qualifications that are made up of a number of skills. During your apprenticeship you’ll learn these skills and achieve unit standards and credits along the way.

You’ll learn how to perform a range of beauty services. You’ll learn the skills and knowledge of:

  • a depilatory wax service.
  • a manicure and/or pedicure service.
  • cosmetic services.
  • manual and electrical facial therapy services.
  • skin analysis.
  • tools, equipment, products.
  • maintain communication with clients.
  • conducting in-depth consultations with clients.
  • conducting manicure, pedicure and nail augmentation services.

In particular, you’ll learn how to perform as an independent beauty services operator.

Unit Skill Level Credit
6400 Manage first aid in emergency situations 3 2
6401 Provide first aid 2 1
6402 Provide resuscitation level 2 1
497 Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements 1 3
508 Perform a depilatory wax service as an independent beauty services operator 4 8
513 Explain human cells and tissues for beauty services 5 4
522 Explain the human integumentary system for beauty services 5 3
10389 Demonstrate knowledge of chemistry in the application of beauty services 4 5
10390 Demonstrate knowledge of the electrical currents and physics principles used for beauty services 4 6
10392 Explain nutrition principles for beauty services 4 4
10393 Perform a manicure and/or pedicure service as an independent beauty services operator 4 12
19590 Perform cosmetic services as an independent beauty services operator 4 16
19591 Perform manual facial therapy services as an independent beauty services operator 5 5
19593 Sell goods and services as an independent operator in beauty services 3 2
19594 Explain the anatomy of the face, head, neck, and décolleté for beauty services 5 4
19595 Perform skin analysis as an independent beauty services operator 5 4
19596 Perform electrical facial beauty services as an independent operator 5 5
19599 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of small business practice for the beauty services industry 4 8

You’ll learn how to perform a range of professional and commercial nail services. You’ll learn the skills and knowledge of:

  • nail anatomy and physiology.
  • nail and skin conditions.
  • tools, equipment, products.
  • working safely.
  • maintaining appointments, records, products, banking and payments .
  • conducting in-depth consultations with clients.
  • conducting manicure, pedicure and nail augmentation services.
Unit Skill Level Credit
26551 Provide first aid for life threatening conditions 2 1
26552 Demonstrate knowledge of common first aid conditions and how to respond to them 2 1
19589 Perform nail augmentation services 4 15
27164 Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and functions of a nail, and anatomy and physiology relevant to nail services 3 4
27166 Demonstrate knowledge of conditions of the nail and surrounding skin 4 4
27167 Undertake an in-depth consultation and give advice in a nail salon 4 10
27171 Demonstrate knowledge of tools, equipment, products and safe operating procedures used in nail services 3 5
27172 Perform a manicure service 3 6
27173 Perform a pedicure service 3 6
27175 Perform additional nail services 3 6
27176 Demonstrate knowledge of micro-organisms in a beauty salon 3 2
20929 Demonstrate safe and professional practice in the salon environment 3 6
25435 Create appointments and maintain appointment systems and records in the salon environment 3 5
25436 Display products in the salon environment 2 3
25437 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of basic accounting concepts, banking, and payment procedures in the salon environment 3 5
27168 Select and recommend products for an at-home nail service 3 3

For more information please contact us at info@hito.org.nz. If you want to talk to someone about apprenticeships, call one of our friendly regional managers.