Otago Polytechnic

Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4)



One year full-time

On campus - 360 Cumberland Street, Dunedin 

19 February, 2018
until start date (Feb intake full but wait listing)
Incorporating the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) qualifications

Beauty therapy roles are varied, creative and in high demand. Employers are seeking trained therapists with the ability to walk into a new job and to work with clients straight away.

Our top-quality facilities and products are recognised as some of the best in the industry. Study with leading tutors and learn through a combination of practical and theoretical activities. You will have the opportunity to work with real clients, manage bookings and get direct feedback. A wide variety of guest speakers such as spa managers, appearance medicine specialists and cosmetic representatives gives you an insight into products, technologies and specific qualities that employers are looking for in employees.

International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) qualifications are optional in this Certificate. If you choose to complete the exam, your qualifications will be recognised by employers and clients internationally. ITEC is an international examination board, operating in over 38 countries worldwide and their qualifications are supported by industry and easily transportable both nationally and internationally.

At the end of this programme you will meet the requirements to become a Registered New Zealand Beauty Therapist.

If you would like to expand your skills and specialisations, prepare yourself for more senior beauty therapy roles and gain an internationally-recognised qualification then enrol in our Diploma in Beauty Therapies and Epilation (Level 5) programme. 

Career possibilites 
  • Registered New Zealand beauty therapist
  • Cosmetic representative
  • Mobile beauty therapist 
What will this programme cover?
  • Skin care and eye treatments
  • Make-up
  • Beauty electrical treatments
  • Hair removal treatments
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Swedish massage
  • Business and professional conduct
  • Manicure and pedicure
  • Waxing. 
Pathway into this programme 

Our New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) provides the perfect pathway into this Level 4 Certificate programme. 

Further study options 

These qualifications can lead to self-employment as a therapist or to a career as a beauty clinic manager/owner. 

Entry requirements 
  • You must be at least 18 years old by the end of this programme.
  • You must have successful completion of NCEA Level 2 (English and Science credits preferred) OR have relevant and current work experience (of at least 2 years)
  • The tasks undertaken in the programme require evidence of competence in science and English, as specified above.
  •  Applications from mature students (over 20) are welcome.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure you are ready for this study.
  • If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score less than 5.5.

If you don’t have the entry requirements above, talk to us about whether you have the equivalent skills and knowledge or to determine if this is the right programme for you. 

Please note: this programme is subject to minimum numbers.

Additional documentation 

You must supply your academic records, along with certified copies of proof of identity and proof of residency (where appropriate). 

Additional costs 
  • External examination fees
  • Product kits
  • Beauty therapist uniform
  • Textbooks. 
Student loans and allowances 

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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