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

Hairdressing
ipsn certificate

Duration

1-6 months

Cost

$650-$990

Level

4

Who can apply?

You need:

  • At least 7 years’ experience working as a hairdresser* OR
  • A recognised overseas hairdressing qualification**
  • To be currently working in a hairdressing salon in New Zealand

*Includes time at international hairdressing 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 successful applicants receive a New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional Stylist) Level 4 and an ipsn certificate in Hairdressing. The ipsn certificate proves that your qualification is equal to qualifications in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

I have 7-10 years' experience

Cost: $990

You need:

  • CV showing 7-10 years of hairdressing industry work experience in a commercial salon with detailed explanation of skills gained
  • Develop a health and safety plan
  • 2x written references regarding your experience in hairdressing
  • Basic first aid certificate

Once you’ve submitted your application form and those documents to HITO, you will:

  • Have a professional conversation with a qualified hairdresser. You will discuss your skills and make sure you understand everything involved in the New Zealand hairdressing qualification.
  • Sit a 4 hour practical assessment.
I have 10-15 years' experience

Cost: $750

You need:

  • CV showing 10-15 years of hairdressing industry work experience in a commercial salon with detailed explanation of skills gained
  • Develop a health and safety plan
  • 2x written references regarding your experience as a hairdresser
  • Portfolio of work showing before and after photographs of at least 3 different fashion cut and colour styles of varying lengths with a brief explanation of each
  • Basic first aid certificate

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

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

Please note: if the qualified hairdresser notes any skill gaps from your professional conversation, you may need to complete a practical demonstration.

I have more than 15 years' experience

Cost: $650

You need:

  • CV showing 15 or more years of hairdressing industry work experience in a commercial salon with detailed explanation of skills gained
  • Develop a health and safety plan
  • Basic first aid certificate
  • Hairdressing industry qualification achieved (Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy, etc.) OR Portfolio of work showing before and after photographs of at least 3 different fashion cut and colour styles of varying lengths with a brief explanation of each

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

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

I have an ipsn certificate or international qualification

Cost: $650

You need:

  • Copy of your ipsn certificate or recognised international hairdressing 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.

Please note: if you hold an ipsn certificate from another country and you are already a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, you can train apprentices and become an assessor with your ipsn qualification. You do not need to convert your international qualification, but we can help you do so if you are interested in gaining your New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing.

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

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