The Advanced Cutting programme has been specifically designed for qualified hairdressers and barbers looking to develop their cutting skills.

This is a self-directed programme where trainees learn advanced cuts and styles, identify cutting trends, create a portfolio and perform a platform presentation.


New Zealand Certificate in Advanced Cutting


6 months





Eligibility & Requirements

To be eligible for the Advanced Cutting (Level 5) programme, you must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional Stylist) (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering (Level 4)

A computer or mobile device with internet access is a requirement of this programme, as all learning takes place online through HITO’s digital learning platform, Vue.

Skills & Units

Unit Skill Level Credit
26231 Research, present, and analyse a portfolio of advanced cuts and styles reflecting current and emerging trends 5 15
26232 Create a portfolio of advanced hair cuts and styles 5 15
26233 Perform a platform presentation of an advanced hair cut and style in front of an audience 5 10

If you would like to check your eligibility or find out more, please contact the HITO Support team on (04) 499 1180 or email