An apprenticeship is the best way to become a qualified hairdresser.
You learn in a real salon, with real people as your models. Plus, you earn as you learn so you’ll avoid racking up a huge student loan.
To complete an apprenticeship you enter into a formal training agreement between you and your employer – a salon that’s qualified to train apprentices. You’ll also attend training at a training provider.
HITO manage this training and your training in the salon, so if you have any problems or questions you can come to us.
Hairdressing (Professional Stylist)
$30 per week of training
When you finish your apprenticeship, you’ll be fully qualified as a hairdresser.
You can start your apprenticeship with HITO from the beginning, or you can sign up with HITO to complete your Level 4 Professional Stylist qualification after you do a full-time hairdressing course.
At the end of your apprenticeship you’ll have the Hairdressing (Professional Stylist) Level 4 qualification.
You’ll learn all the skills you need to work as a hairdresser, including all the salon and customer service skills necessary to be commercially successful.
To start your journey, you’ll need to find an apprenticeship. Start by taking a look at the ‘Jobs’ page on this website, or take your CV into local salons. 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.
Hairdressing graduates also have their qualifications internationally recognised through the ipsn certificate.
“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”.
During your apprenticeship you’ll learn these skills and achieve unit standards and credits along the way.
You’ll learn how to who perform a range of professional and commercial hairdressing services. You’ll learn the skills and knowledge of:
- Salon skills
- Customer service
- Chemical services such as perming and straightening
- Fashion skills
- Hair-up work
- Health and safety
|2755||Undertake a consultation and an in-depth hair and scalp analysis for a chemical service||4||15|
|2757||Apply hairdressing services under workplace conditions||5||20|
|2759||Perform hairdressing services in a commercial salon||5||15|
|2866||Shampoo hair and scalp||3||4|
|2869||Apply treatments to hair and scalp||2||2|
|2870||Blow dry hair into elementary styles||3||10|
|2871||Set short hair for volume||3||10|
|2873||Demonstrate knowledge of trichology||2||8|
|2878||Apply knowledge of hair and scalp conditions to analyse and select corrective treatments for the hair and scalp||4||2|
|2879||Blow wave hair into complex styles||3||10|
|2880||Set hair for complex styles||3||10|
|2884||Cut hair into foundation forms with scissors and clippers||3||30|
|2885||Demonstrate razor techniques||3||10|
|2889||Bleach and tone hair (plus delivery of 28849)||4||10|
|2890||Straighten hair permanently using chemical processes (plus delivery of 28839)||4||8|
|2891||Demonstrate knowledge of hair fashion over time||2||5|
|2892||Permanently wave hair||3||12|
|9953||Provide client service and care in a hairdressing or barbering salon environment||2||4|
|12313||Perform a full-head highlighting service||4||7|
|13466||Demonstrate knowledge of identification and correction of a permanent wave problem||4||4|
|13467||Identify and correct colour problems in the hair||5||2|
|15189||Implement a health and safety plan for a workplace||4||4|
|19791||Select and apply midway hair colour||3||6|
|19792||Select and apply permanent hair colour||4||10|
|19793||Highlight and/or lowlight hair using elementary techniques||2||5|
|25077||Mould and scale hair||2||2|
|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 money matters and personal responsibility in the salon environment||3||5|
|25438||Apply knowledge of services and workflow in the salon environment||3||4|
|25439||Demonstrate knowledge of sustainability concepts for a salon||2||2|
|25789||Apply oxidative colouring products to, and remove them from, hair and scalp||2||5|
|25790||Select, maintain, and demonstrate safe handling of hairdressing equipment and hand-held tools||3||4|
|25791||Demonstrate knowledge of the neutralising process and its effect on the hairshaft||2||3|
|25792||Dress long hair into elementary styles||3||8|
|25793||Dress long hair into complex styles||3||10|
|28835||Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of colour for use in hairdressing, and the use of non-oxidative colour||2||2|
|28836||Complete elementary colour corrections for hair||4||6|
|28837||Apply underpinning knowledge and skills to cut hair to a guideline||3||10|
|28838||Apply knowledge of a professional range of hair products to complement salon services||4||4|
|28840||Undertake in-depth consultation with a client to create and promote a plan to implement restyling||4||10|
|28841||Create a portfolio of fashion work that reflects current hair fashion trends||4||10|
|28842||Cut hair in to fashion cuts with a razor||4||10|
|28843||Demonstrate knowledge of personal health and hygiene, and self-styling, for working in a salon||3||2|
|28844||Demonstrate knowledge of professional behaviour and legal requirements for a salon||3||3|
|28845||Demonstrate safe and professional practice in the salon environment||3||2|
|28846||Demonstrate knowledge of costs and financial KPIs for a salon||4||5|
|28847||Identify and evaluate opportunities to maintain currency in the hair fashion industry||4||5|
|28848||Apply knowledge of common hair and scalp conditions to complete a limited scope consultation||3||4|
|6402 (or26551)||Provide basic life support/Provide first aid for life-threatening conditions||1||1|
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.
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.