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)

One year full-time

Blended learning - directed, practical training in our salon plus student-managed learning and a compulsory 90-hour work placement

This programme will not be offered from 2021
Until start date
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.

Please note: Due to programme reviews, this qualification will be offered for the last time in 2020. It will no longer be offered after this date. 

Entry requirements

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

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
  • Name badge
  • Personal stationery
  • Highly recommended textbooks
  • Ongoing access to a computer, camera and internet
  • Clothing and footwear similar to what would be worn in the hairdressing industry
  • Costings towards photoshoots when necessary (costume, make-up, accessories)
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
  • Course workload for this programme will require approximately 20 hours, per week, of directed study in the form of salon and classroom sessions.
  • Contact hours: Monday 9.00am - 12.00pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 9.00am - 3.00pm, Thursday 9.00am - 4.00pm.
  • In order for you to successfully complete the programme, it is expected that you will also spend approximately 15 hours per week of your own time in self-directed learning, and a minimum of 90 hours of work experience within the year. 
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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