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New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy

New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy

Level 4

Learn new skills and experience what it's like to work in the exciting world of beauty with UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy.

A photograph of UCOL students working on clients in the onsite salon
Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui, UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton, UCOL Horowhenu in Levin

Duration: 1 year, full-time

22 Feb 2021 - 26 Nov 2021
(Intakes are full. Next intake sem 2, 2021)
Contact the info centre.

Domestic Fees: *
$6,597.00Scholarship info

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

A day in the life of a beauty therapist involves helping clients look and feel good. The environment is warm, cosy and relaxing, and your clients look forward to seeing you. To make your start with a rewarding career in beauty, study UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy.

You'll gain the skills and knowledge to analyse, plan and provide a broad range of beauty services. This qualification is intended for learners who have little or no prior learning or experience in the field.


Practical experience
Regular client days are incorporated into the learning process at one of UCOL's Beauty Clinics in Palmerston NorthWhanganuiMasterton or Levin, providing you with real industry experience, and honing your professionalism, relationship building skills and teamwork. 

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy 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.

Employment options include working as a beauty therapist or cosmetic product company representative.

Education pathway

Graduates who wish to further specialise can enrol in:
  • New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy

 Course Information

Professional Practice (15 Credits)
Learn theoretical knowledge and skills to work in the beauty industry as a professional beauty therapist.

Anatomy and Physiology (15 Credits)
Develop understanding of human anatomy and physiology to provide a theoretical foundation for both massage and beauty therapy.

Nail Services (15 Credits) (15 Practicum Hours)
Gain knowledge of nail services, products, tools and related skills to industry standards

Facial Treatments (15 Credits) (15 Practicum Hours)
Learn about and practice manual facial therapy techniques and treatments to industry standards.

Make Up Services (15 Credits) (10 Practicum Hours)
Gain theoretical knowledge and skills in the practical applications of makeup products, services and techniques.

Eye Works and Tanning (15 Credits) (10 Practicum Hours)
Gain knowledge and practice of cosmetic enhancements to the eyes and body tanning to industry standards.

Waxing Services (15 Credits) (10 Practicum Hours)
Gain knowledge and practice of manual hair removal techniques to industry standards.

Beauty Therapy Clinic (15 Credits) (40 Practicum Hours)
Apply a range of beauty therapy services in a supervised environment to industry standards.


Previous Related Programmes

The New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:
  • Certificate in Beauty Services

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

Our Beauty students have opportunities to be involved in some of the region’s premier events including:
  • Miss Manawatu
  • Evento

 Learning Facilities

Fully equipped salons and a spacious beauty clinic with industry standard equipment.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 2  


equivalent academic achievement 


at the discretion of the Executive Dean on a case-by-case basis 


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 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 a General or Academic IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre

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

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy comprises 120 credits.

Excellent personal presentation is required on this programme at all times.  A uniform is provided for students and this must be worn for all practical classes and clinics. 

Students need to be aware of the physical requirements in meeting industry standards in the beauty therapy workplace. 
As First Aid is a component of this programme students need to be aware of the demands of carrying out basic First Aid procedures.
Good eye sight, with or without corrective lenses, is required in order to effectively carry out advanced beauty treatments.

Students are required to put any special needs or requirements in writing and advise the programme leader prior to the programme start date.
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.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.


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.