If you’re an experienced nail technologist 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.


Nail Technology


6 months





Who can apply?

You need:

  • an international nail technology qualification
  • proof of your work experience
  • to be currently working in a beauty therapy business in New Zealand
  • a current New Zealand work visa
  • conversational English.

What is involved?

Contact your local Sales and Training Advisor (STA) to get started. They will check you are eligible and guide you through the process.

The QBYE process takes six months to complete.

You will be given an application form to fill out. When you send in your application form, you will need to provide identification and pay the $2000 fee.

When HITO has received your application, we will email you a timeline showing when you need to submit the following pieces of supporting evidence.

You will need to provide:

  • a verified copy of your qualification
  • a CV showing industry work experience with detailed explanation of skills gained
  • two written references regarding your industry experience
  • an academic transcript showing the academic outcomes from your studies
  • a health and safety plan (using the template below).

Professional conversation

When all your supporting evidence has been submitted, the HITO support team will contact you to set up a professional conversation between you and an Industry assessor. This could be face-to-face, a video chat or a telephone call and may take up to two hours. The professional conversation is to verify your previous skills and knowledge, referring to the evidence you have submitted and the requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology.

Practical assessment

You will be required to sit a two hour assessment where an Industry assessor will check your skills are current and to the standard required for the New Zealand qualification.

Getting your certificate

When you have successfully completed the QBYE process, HITO will register your qualification with NZQA.

All successful applicants receive a New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology (Level 4) and a HITO 100% Qualified pin.

For more information or to sign up, call (04) 499 1180 or contact a Sales and Training Advisor.

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