As a hairdressing apprentice you’ll be employed by a hairdressing business and be trained by a qualified employer or trainer in the salon.

You’ll learn how to perform a range of hairdressing services, including:

  • Cutting
  • Colouring
  • Perming and straightening
  • Fashion skills
  • Hair-up work
  • Shampooing
  • Blowdrying
  • Setting

You’ll learn customer service skills and the commercial skills required to run a professional hair salon.

When you finish your apprenticeship, you’ll be fully qualified and achieve the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional Stylist) (Level 4).

You’ll also gain relevant, valuable work experience to include on your CV.


New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional Stylist)


3.5 Years





To start your apprenticeship training, you’ll need to find a job.

Check the HITO Job Hub for vacancies, along with Trade Me and Seek.

The Careers New Zealand website has excellent tips on creating a CV and preparing for job interviews.

Once you’re employed, one of our Sales and Training Advisors will come to your workplace to sign the Training Agreement with you and your employer.

Register your interest in an apprenticeship and one of our team will be in touch.

“Get an apprenticeship. You learn so much faster and you get to experience the real salon vibe. And don’t give up – search until you find the right salon where you can grow and feel comfortable”.