Otago Polytechnic

Diploma in Beauty Therapies and Epilation (Level 5)



One year full-time

On campus - 360 Cumberland Street, Dunedin 

19 February, 2018
until start date
Incorporating the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) qualifications

Become a leader in beauty therapy. Expand your skills and specialisations, prepare yourself for more senior beauty therapy roles and gain an internationally-recognised qualification. Become a senior beauty therapist with greater responsibilities and the option to even manage or own a beauty clinic.

This programme takes your skills in beauty therapy to the next level, and advances your skills in skin care and body treatments.

International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) qualifications are offered in this diploma. If you choose to complete the ITEC exam your qualifications will be recognised by employers and clients internationally.

2018 domestic fees (indicative)
  • $6,552
Career possibilities 
  • Self-employed therapist
  • Beauty clinic manager/owner
  • Registered New Zealand Beauty Therapist
  • Cosmetic representative
  • Mobile beauty therapist 
What will this programme cover?
  • Advanced skincare
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Electrolysis
  • Aromatherapy
  • Indian Head Massage  
Further study options 
Entry requirements
  • You must have successfully completed a 120 credit (minimum) Level 4 Tertiary qualification in beauty therapy such as our New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4)*
  • 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.
*This programme used to be called the Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4). It has now been renamed the New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) which is subject to final approval and will be offered for the first time in 2019. 

Additional documentation 

You must supply 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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