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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, Whanganui, Wairarapa

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Palmerston North
20 Feb 2017 - 24 Nov 2017

20 Feb 2017 - 24 Nov 2017

Domestic Fees:*
To be confirmed.

International Fees:*
To be confirmed.

* 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.

This one-year certificate focuses on the core treatments offered in the ever-expanding beauty industry which include facials, manicures, make-up, lash tinting, waxing, brow shaping and more.

There is also a theory component that gives you a closer look into the world of beauty therapy. This will cover business awareness, professional conduct, systems of the body and the theory behind the treatments you perform.

This programme will enable you to have the confidence to perform treatments on clients, establish relationships and conduct your services in a professional manner. You can further your learning and career by continuing onto the Diploma in Beauty Therapy to develop and enhance your existing skills and learn more advanced beauty therapy treatments.

Career & Study Outcomes

  • Gain employment within the beauty industry
  • Perform as an independent operator
  • Build on existing beauty therapy skills
  • Continue onto the Diploma in Beauty Therapy Level 5

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 Manawatu
  • Miss Manawatu
  • 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

English Profiency Entry Requirements:
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.

Advice & Guidance

Students will be advised that they will carry out practicum hours in the model beauty salon which is complete with reception facilities. They are expected to work on clients who book into the ‘salon’ for treatments which enables the students to complete the necessary activities for practical assessments.

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

In order to achieve the written components of the programme students will need to have a basic level of numeracy and literacy skill.

To optimise chances of success 100% attendance is strongly recommended.

Course Information

  • Health and Safety
  • Client Service Level 
  • Professional Practice
  • Manicure and Pedicure
  • Chemistry and Physics
  • Human Anatomy and Nutrition
  • Pathway A - Introduction to Nail Augmentation (Palmerston North)
  • Pathway B - 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.