Experienced but don’t have your New Zealand qualification? HITO can help:

Holding a Level 4 New Zealand qualification:

  • 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.




6 months





Who can apply?

You need:

  • at least 5 years’ experience working as a barber* OR
  • a recognised overseas barbering qualification or New Zealand’s National Certificate in Barbering (Level 3)
  • to be currently working in a commercial barbershop in New Zealand
  • New Zealand citizenship or residency
  • conversational English.

*Includes time at barbering schools

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 $990 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.

If you have an international barbering qualification or an old New Zealand qualification, you will need to provide:

  • A verified copy of your qualification.
  • An academic transcript showing the academic outcomes from your studies.
  • A health and safety plan (using the template below)

If you have five or more years’ experience, you will need to provide:

  • A CV showing at least five years in a commercial barbershop with detailed explanation of skills gained.
  • Two written references regarding your experience as a barber.
  • A portfolio of work showing at least five photographs of a variety of barbering styles with a short explanation of each
  • Evidence of wet shave experience
  • 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 Commercial Barbering.

Practical assessment

If the assessor needs to see additional evidence of your skills, you will be asked to sit an assessment. All applicants must complete a wet shave practical assessment, unless they have previously completed a wet shave unit standard.

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 Commercial Barbering (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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