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

Qualifications

Barbering

Duration

1-6 months

Cost

$450-$990

Level

4

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

*Includes time at international barbering schools

**Please contact HITO on (04) 499 1180 to confirm if your qualification is recognised.

What is involved?

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 5-10 years' experience

Cost: $990

You need:

  • CV showing 5-10 years of barbering industry work experience in a commercial barbershop with detailed explanation of skills gained
  • Develop a health and safety plan
  • 2x written references regarding your experience as a barber
  • 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
  • Basic first aid certificate

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 more than 10 years' experience

Cost: $650

You need:

  • CV showing 10 or more years of barbering industry work experience in a commercial barbershop with detailed explanation of skills gained
  • Develop a health and safety plan
  • Basic first aid certificate
  • Barbering industry qualification achieved OR 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.

You need to submit proof of all the above, along with your application form, to HITO.

Please note: if we note any skill gaps from your portfolio, you may need to complete a practical demonstration.

I have an international qualification

Cost: $450

You need:

  • Copy of a recognised international barbering qualification. Please contact HITO to check if your qualification is recognised before you apply.
  • Basic first aid certificate.

Please submit proof of 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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