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Certificate in Beauty Services

Level 4

UCOL’s Certificate in Beauty Services provides you with an introduction into the engaging world of beauty therapy.

Students learning in the Beauty Salon at the Palmerston North campus
Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: Palmerston North, Wairarapa, Whanganui

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Palmerston North
20 Feb 2017 - 24 Nov 2017

20 Feb 2017 - 24 Nov 2017

20 Feb 2017 - 24 Nov 2017

Domestic Fees:*
$6,190.10Scholarship info

International Fees:*

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.

If you're interested in pursuing a career in the beauty industry, UCOL’s one-year Certificate in Beauty Services will provide you the broad range of skills you need to get started.

You'll learn the core treatments offered in the ever-expanding beauty industry, like facials, manicures, make-up, lash tinting, waxing, and brow shaping. There is also a theory component that covers business awareness, professional conduct, systems of the body, and the theory behind the treatments you perform.

The Certificate in Beauty Services will give you the professionalism and confidence to perform treatments on clients and establish relationships. 

Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of the Certificate in Beauty Services will have a range of highly desirable employment skills for the industry, including:

  • Confident communication
  • The ability to work independently or as a team member
  • Technical beauty knowledge
  • Retailing skills within a commercial beauty environment.

Education pathway

Graduates who wish to further specialise can enrol in:

Student & Staff Profiles

Industry Connections

Our Beauty and Hairdressing students have opportunities to be involved in some of the region's premier events including:
  • Miss Teen Manawatū
  • Miss Manawatū
  • Evento
  • Youth Underground

Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 2 (including Literacy 10 credits at Level 2 and Numeracy 10 credits at Level 1)


Equivalent academic achievement


On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean*

*Pending NZQA approval

International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English Language Proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.

Under 20 years of age

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

Advice & Guidance

The Certificate in Beauty Services comprises 120 credits.

Work experience
As part of your studies you'll be involved in running the beauty clinic at UCOL and performing beauty services for the public under the support of your lecturer. 

You'll be required to wear a tunic (supplied by UCOL) and comply with UCOL and industry standards of personal presentation.

Recognition of prior learning

Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Course Related Costs

Required Textbooks   
  • An Introductory guide to Anatomy and Physiology - Louise Tucker (Approximately $60)
  • The Art and Science of Beauty Therapy – Jane Foulston (Approximately $80)
Recommended text (optional)
  • Cressy’s  Beauty Therapy Fact File 5th Edition - Susan Cressy, (Approximately $85)
Please go to to order these books.  They will be delivered to the UCOL information Centre at no additional cost and can be collected from there at your convenience.

Required Kits
In order to carry out your practical treatments, you are required to purchase the following equipment:

  • A make-up brush kit to be ordered, approximately $70, from 0800 573 5118 / (09) 5735118 contact person Tania Brown or email 
  • At least two pairs of tweezers, also from Beauty Gallery, approximately $30
Kits will be delivered to your address with a courier cost of $11.00.

One or two pairs of black, 3/4 or full-length pants $50.00
One pair of flat, black, enclosed shoes – black $50.00

Stationery (approximately $30)
  • Ring binder/s
  • Refill
  • Subject dividers
  • Pens/pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Pen drive
International ITEC exam (approx. $250) 

Course Information

The Certificate in Beauty Services, Level 4 consists of six courses containing 110 compulsory course credits and two elective pathways options of 10 credits each.

  • Health and Safety
  • Client Service 
  • Professional Practice 
    • Advising clients on selection and use of cosmetics and toiletries
    • Performing cosmetic services and facials
    • Performing skin analysis
    • Waxing
  • Manicure and Pedicure
  • Chemistry and Physics
    • Demonstrate knowledge of chemistry in the application of beauty services
    • Demonstrate knowlege of the electrical currents and physics principles used for beauty services
  • Human Anatomy and Nutrition

Elective courses

  • Nail Augmentation (Palmerston North)
  • Make-up Artistry (Wairarapa)


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.