If your staff are already qualified, or you want to grow your business in other ways, HITO offer a number of other qualifications to suit your needs.

Advanced Cutting

The Advanced Cutting programme helps qualified hairdressers develop their cutting, presentation, and research skills. Trainees learn advanced cuts and styles, platform presentation, creating a portfolio and identifying cutting trends. It helps hairdressers keep learning after they’ve qualified.

The qualification takes six months to complete and costs $750.

The New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Advanced Cutting) Level 5 is available to any hairdresser who holds their New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional Stylist) Level 4.

Nail Technology

The National Certificate in Beauty Services (Nail Technology) Level 3 covers all the skills you need to be a commercially successful, technically skilled nail technician.

Nail technology trainees work in salon environments (nail or hairdressing salons). They learn different practical skills, including manicures, pedicures, nail art, gels and more. HITO also organise for nail trainees to attend a week-long block course in their area.

There are several reasons to gain a nail technology qualification:

  • You can expand the services your salon offers and increase revenue.
  • You can meet council regulations.
  • Grow your staff and reassure your clients about the quality of service in your business.

The nail technology programme costs $2000 and takes 14 months to complete.

Qualification by Experience

If you’re an experienced hairdresser, barber, or beauty professional, but you don’t have your New Zealand qualification, then QbyE is for you.

QbyE converts the experience and qualifications you already have into a New Zealand qualification. You’ll be interviewed by a qualified assessor, make sure all your skills are up to New Zealand standards, and then barbers and hairdressers sit a final assessment. It’s easy, quick, and completely confidential.

QbyE takes six months and costs around $1200. Prices can vary depending on the experience and qualifications you have.