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




1-6 months





Who can apply?

You need:

  • At least 5 years’ experience working as a barber* OR
  • A recognised overseas barbering qualification
  • To be currently working in a barbershop in New Zealand
  • Conversational English
  • A health and safety plan (template to be completed below)

*Includes time at international barbering schools

What is involved?

Fill out the application form below and attach all relevant documents. Email to support@hito.org.nz or post to HITO, PO Box 11 764, Wellington 6142.

The process is different depending on how much experience you have, and if you have any previous qualifications. All applicants must complete a wet shave practical assessment, unless they have already completed the wet shave Unit Standard.

All successful applicants receive a New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering (Level 4).

I have 5+ years' experience

Cost: $990

You need:

  • A CV showing at least 5 years of barbering industry work experience in a commercial barbershop with detailed explanation of skills gained
  • 2x written references regarding your experience as a barber
  • A portfolio of work showing at least 5 photographs of a variety of barbering styles with a short explanation of each as well as evidence of wet shave experience
  • A health and safety plan (template to be completed below)

Once you send in your application form with the above documents, you will:

  • Have a professional conversation with a qualified barber. You will discuss your skills and make sure you understand everything involved in the New Zealand barbering qualification.

Please note: If the qualified barber notes any skill gaps from your professional conversation, you may need to complete a 2-hour practical demonstration of three cuts and one wet shave.

I have an international qualification

Cost: $990

You need:

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

Please submit the above, along with your application form, to HITO.

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

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