New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering (Level 4)

Want to be a barber in an exciting and expanding industry? Learn the skills to cut, fade and shave with experienced tutors and get hands-on experience.

Gain the basic skills to start work in the barbering industry, including introductory barbering haircuts and

You will learn how to :

  • undertake basic initial barbering haircuts, using introductory barbering skills
  • communicate effectively with clients at an entry-level
  • demonstrate health and safety compliance, and meet professional barbering standards.

Programme Specific Information

Entry requirements

  • 40 credits at NCEA Level 1, including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits; or 
  • A relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2 or above; or
  • Equivalent knowledge, skills, work experience or study.

Programme length

This programme is one-year full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Class times

Classes are taught 3 days a week.


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

Resources provided

Students will be provided with a barbering kit and t-shirt (uniform) as part of the programme. 

Work Experience

Students are required to complete 60 hours of work experience during the programme. 

Additional Expenses

  • Stationery - $100 (approx) per year
  • Uniform/ personal presentation - $200 (approx). Includes shoes, pants/skirt, makeup and or hair products

 Student Responsibility

  • Provide models for collection of evidence and assessment
  • Provide smart shoes suitable for standing long periods
  • Provide smart pants or skirt to wear with T-shirt (uniform)
  • Source a salon for work experience requirements
  • Student makeup and hair groomed to industry standard for class
  • Access to a WITT PC, or personal laptop is required

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