New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5)

Build on your existing skills and learn the latest advanced beauty therapy techniques including lash lifting, lash extensions, microdermabrasion, body machinery, facial peels, advanced massage techniques and more. You will also be able to undertake CIDESCO qualifications (optional).

Classes are taught three days a week on campus (one late night per week to be scheduled throughout the year).

Beauty therapy graduates are in demand and you can expect to gain work in a salon or be able to work independently. 

The programme includes

  • Lash lifting
  • Lash extensions
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Body machinery
  • Facial peels
  • Hot stone massage
  • Brazilian waxing

Graduates will be able to:

  • implement professional standards and expectations relating to advanced beauty services including all relevant health, safety and hygiene obligations.
  • undertake an in-depth consultation and build rapport with clients to analyse and evaluate their needs, and develop and manage a treatment plan for advanced beauty services.
  • apply knowledge of advanced skin care, body therapy and hair removal services as well as products and related skills, to meet client’s needs during and after treatment, in accordance with industry standards and current and emerging trends.
  • apply knowledge of relevant aspects of chemistry, physics and biology in an advanced beauty services context to provide effective services and ensure client comfort and safety.
  • manage the operation of a small beauty sector business or client base.
  • apply knowledge of skin and body diseases and disorders in order to identify symptoms, provide information and advice, and refer clients to health practitioners in accordance with industry standards relating to scope of practice.
  • provide nutritional advice which is complementary to advanced beauty services.

Additional Qualifications

Programme specific information

Entry Requirements

  • New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4); or
  • Equivalent knowledge, skills, work experience or study.

Any applicants whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 5 (with no score below 5 in speaking, reading, writing and listening) or equivalent.

Class times

Programme is delivered three days per week including one late night per week


This programme includes competency-based assignments, theory tests and practical assessments

Work Experience

This programme has no requirement for work experience, but students are recommended to undertake work experience to enhance their formal learning.

Employment pathway

Graduates of this qualification may be employed, contracted or self-employed, in positions such as:

  • Beauty Therapist
  • Salon Manager/owner
  • Product Company Representative

Additional expenses

  • Stationery - $100 approx
  • Uniform & personal presentation - $200 approx (includes shoes, makeup and hair products). Black cardigan optional
  • Beauty tunic and pants - $130 (if student is new to WITT)
  • Advanced beauty kit - $300

**Reassessment/Resubmission Fee: At least $10 per performance criteria to a max of $50

Students are provided with

Uniform t-shirt

Student responsibility:

  • Provide models for collection of evidence and assessment
  • Provide smart shoes suitable for standing long periods
  • Student makeup and hair groomed to industry standard for class
  • Access to a WITT PC, or personal laptop is required

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