Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) (Level 4)


Dunedin -  at Otago Polytechnic's hairdressing training salon (Corner of St Andrew Street and Great King Street). You must also complete a compulsory 90 hour work placement.

One year full-time

Blended - directed, practical training in our salon plus work experience hours and student-managed learning

until start date
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    18 February 2019
    14 May 2019 - 1 June 2019
Equivalent to the second year of a hairdressing apprenticeship

You must have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) (Level 3), or an equivalent qualification, before progressing into this qualification. 

During this programme, you will gain the up-to-date skills that are in demand in the commercial salon environment and build your portfolio throughout the year. 

You will study in our on-site hair salon and work with real clients to advance your cutting, consultation, colouring and styling techniques. This programme also includes a compulsory 90 hour work placement. You will graduate with the ability to enter directly into the third year of your apprenticeship in industry.

Entry requirements


All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:

  • must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5.5 OR
  • must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.

All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills.


Please note: This programme is subject to minimum numbers.

Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of identity and proof of residency (where appropriate). 

Additional costs
  • Textbook 
  • Some equipment.
You will study
Course name Course content
Complex styling Blow waving
Long hair work
Hair cutting Razor and scissor cutting
Chemical reformation Permanent waving
Straightening of the hair
Colouring techniques Full head weaving to highlight hair
Permanent colouring
Midway colouring
Hair and scalp treatments In-depth consultation and analysis
Salon knowledge and skills Hair and scalp conditions
Corrective treatments
Money matters om a salon environment
Your workload
  • Face-to-face hours = Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (9.00am-4.00pm)
  • Teacher directed hours = 11.5 per week 
  • Self-directed hours = 4.25 per week 
  • Compulsory work placement = 90 hours 
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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