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New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy

International Close Date: Received all year

COVID-19 vaccination information

Placements or workplace assignments are an integral part of this programme.You don’t need to supply evidence of your Covid-19 vaccination status to apply for this programme, but please be aware that some workplaces may require evidence from you that you are fully vaccinated from COVID-19 before allowing you to complete work at their organisation.

Expand your skills and expertise to become a leader in beauty therapy.

This programme will enable you to become a highly qualified beauty therapist by building on your existing foundation of knowledge and skills. It will equip you to work in a variety of settings and take on greater responsibilities. You'll also become capable of managing or owning your own beauty clinic.

Specifically, you'll learn about a range of treatments that will extend your capabilities in advanced skincare, nutrition, microdermabrasion, electrology hair removal, hot stone massage, body wraps and exfoliations, dermal needling and LED light therapy. You'll extend your ability to take on advanced responsibilities and implement professional standards in the areas of health, safety and hygiene - skills that are valued in the industry and will enhance employment opportunities.

To meet Health and Safety requirements, applicants must be physically able to undertake the practical components of the programme in an industry emulated environment.

Fees for 2023

Domestic Fee
$6,374 - $7,210 per year
International Fee
$25,000 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2023

New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) or equivalent skills and knowledge, experience, and/or qualifications.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

Upon successful completion of this programme you'll be equipped to work as a fully qualified beauty therapist with advanced skin and body care skills. Opportunities include working as a product trainer, providing beauty treatments in a commercial salon or spa environment or even working on luxury cruise ships. With experience, you can progress to owning or operating a salon or spa.

Study pathways

By complementing your beauty therapy skills with a business qualification you can prepare to become a successful small business operator. Options for this include the New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management), the New Zealand Diploma in Business and the Bachelor of Applied Management.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

Expand your skills and expertise to become a leader in beauty therapy.

Type Diploma
Code NZ3445
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date Received all year
Credits 120
Level 5
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised on enrolment
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ3445-STRU

Fees for 2023

Domestic Fee
$6,374 - $7,210 per year
International Fee
$25,000 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2023
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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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