Turn years of industry experience into a formal qualification

The Qualification by Experience (QbyE) programme gives you the opportunity to convert your skillset into an NZQA accredited and internationally recognised qualification. Being qualified allows you to:

  • Take on apprentices
  • Reassure your clients they’re in safe hands
  • Be open to job opportunities across the world

QbyE is designed for those who are working in industry and have extensive industry experience but do not hold a New Zealand qualification. Evidence of this experience is provided through supporting documents, a professional conversation with an industry assessor and a practical assessment in your workplace.

What qualifications are offered through Qualification by Experience?

New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering (Level 4)
New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4)
New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional Stylist) (Level 4)
New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology (Level 4)
New Zealand Certificate in Makeup and Skincare (Introduction) (Level 3)

What criteria do I need to meet to apply for Qualification by Experience?

Applicants must meet a checklist of industry experience criteria, be working in a commercial environment relevant to the certificate they are applying for and meet a minimum number of years of experience within that industry.

Minimum Industry Experience Requirements

Hairdressing 7+ years full-time
Beauty Therapy 5+ years full-time
Barbering 5+ years full-time
Nail Technology 5+ years full-time
Makeup & Skincare 2+ years full-time

How long does Qualification by Experience take?

The Qualification by Experience programme takes 6 months to complete.

How much does Qualification by Experience cost?

$1,005 $2,030
Funded employees Non-funded employers
Non-funded employees

Ready to take your experience to the next level?

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