If you’re an experienced hairdresser in New Zealand on a work visa, HITO can help you gain your Level 4 New Zealand qualification.

Holding a Level 4 New Zealand qualification:

  • Makes it easier to apply for residency as a Skilled Migrant
  • Clearly shows New Zealand employers what skills you have
  • Gives you a qualification that is respected across the world
  • Allows you train apprentices and help others get qualified
  • Opens up employment opportunities for your future


ipsn certificate


1-6 months





Who can apply?

You need:

  • 7 years’ experience working as a hairdresser*
  • Proof of your experience**
  • To be currently working in a hairdressing salon in New Zealand
  • A current New Zealand work visa

*Includes time at international hairdressing schools

**Proof of experience (CV, references from past and current employers, certificates from courses)

What is involved?

  • You download and fill out an application form by clicking on the ‘Apply now’ button.
  • You send us the application form, along with: a copy of your work visa, develop a health and safety plan, a letter from your current employer proving you work in their business, and proof of your experience in hairdressing (CV, references from past and current employers, certificates from courses).
  • We assess your experience and make sure it matches the New Zealand qualification through a conversation with a qualified hairdresser.
  • HITO contact you to arrange a time for a practical demonstration of your skills.
  • You complete a basic first aid course.
  • HITO issue your New Zealand qualification.

You’ll receive a New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional Stylist) Level 4 and an ipsn certificate in Hairdressing. The ipsn certificate proves that your qualification is equal to qualifications in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

For more information or to sign up now, please email info@hito.org.nz or call (04) 499 1180.

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