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Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support)

Level 3

UCOL’s Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) will count towards gaining credits of the first year of your hairdressing qualification.

Hairdressing student learns to cut hair at our Whanganui campus
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: Palmerston North, Wairarapa, Whanganui

Duration: 1 year, full-time

All locations
22 February 2016 - 25 November 2016

Domestic Fees:*

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.

You will learn in a salon environment working with clients, gaining skills in styling elementary hair colouring, hair ups and blow waving as well as customer service, communication and other hairdressing related skills. You will also gain the National Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support).

Career & Study Outcomes

  • Beauty services industry
  • Hairdressing apprenticeships
  • Or staircase to further study

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

Learning Facilities

Fully equipped hairdressing and beauty salons, classrooms and PC labs.

Domestic Entry Requirements

Open Entry. Although this programme has open entry, you are required to have met the literacy and numeracy requirements of NCEA Level 1 or equivalent.

International Entry Requirements

English Proficiency Entry Requirements:
IETLS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 which must be achieved in one sitting.

Advice & Guidance

Students wishing to proceed to a hairdressing apprenticeship are required to have a minimum of three years’ secondary education or equivalent. 

This programme will require students to complete a normal working day when working in industry.  Students will be expected to dress appropriately to meet work placement expectations.

To optimise chances of success, good, basic English and mathematics skills and a 100% attendance for all classroom activities are recommended.

Students who complete the relevant unit standards will qualify for the National Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) Level 3.

Course Information

  • Workplace Practice I
  • Professional Practice
  • Hairdressing Fundamentals
  • Hairdressing Knowledge
  • Workplace Practice II
  • Colouring and Trichology
  • Hair Design I
  • Hair Design II


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.