Already qualified in hair or beauty? Get your qualification recognised as a world-class certificate that can open doors abroad with our International Certificate (ipsn).

ipsn certificates are recognised in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand.


ipsn certificate in Hairdressing or Beauty



“I wanted to have my ipsn certificate so I could travel. Even though ipsn isn’t officially recognised in England, it was still viewed with respect and seriously considered alongside my New Zealand qualification” – Emily Schipper, Hairdressing ipsn.


If you’re a hairdressing apprentice who signed on with HITO after 1 Jan 2017, your ipsn certificate will be automatically included in your qualification when you graduate.

If you qualified with HITO before 2017, applying is for your ipsn certificate is still easy. You will need:

  • A copy of your qualifications. These must be verified. Hairdressing applicants must have a copy of the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional Stylist) Level 4 (or equivalent), and Beauty Therapy applicants must hold the National Certificate in Beauty Services (Beautician) Level 4 and the National Certificate in Beauty Services (Body Therapy) Level 5.
  • Verified proof that you have worked for 12 months or more, such as a letter from your employer
  • Verified proof of continued professional development
  • A completed application form
  • To pay an $80.00 application fee

Verified proof means your documents have been verified (signed and stamped) by a Justice of the Peace, a police officer, or a school principal. If you do not have your documents verified we cannot accept them. You can visit a Justice of the Peace at your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

“Having a internationally recognised qualification like ipsn is important to me. I’m a tutor in beauty therapy, so having that international recognition will help my work” – Denise Stevens, Beauty Therapy ipsn.

For more information please contact us at or visit the ipsn website. If you want to talk to someone about apprenticeships, call one of our friendly regional managers.