Certificate in Beautician and Cosmetology (Level 4)

Become a qualified beautician and cosmetologist with this hands-on beauty course. You'll learn from our local and internationally trained tutors and get real-life beauty therapy experience at our on-site beauty clinic.

You’ll learn how to provide cosmetic treatments like mini facials, eyelash tinting, eyebrow shaping and makeup applications, as well as manicures and pedicures.

Learn customer service and sales skills for a range of products including fragrance, hair care and men’s and women’s toiletries – as well as essential reception and cashiering skills which can be used in any service or retail role.

You’ll also gain vital health, safety and first aid skills – earning a Comprehensive First Aid Certificate along the way - as well as advanced beauty services like depilatory waxing, skin analysis and advanced facial therapy.

This qualification also expands your mind with papers in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, physics, nutrition and business skills!

Content Details

Topics covered in this programme include:

  • Customer service and sales
  • Health and safety
  • Communication and beauty services business practices
  • Beauty services theory
  • Advanced beauty services practical
  • Salon, research and work placement

Industry Experience
Gain real-life working experience at our campus clinic - the Atrium Beauty Salon.


Planned intakes*: February, July
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: One year

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

You are welcome to visit our superb training clinic on campus at Windermere. Just phone us to make a time.

Classes are scheduled for approximately 24 hours per week, Tuesday to Friday, 9.00am - 4.00pm. Occasionally you may be required to attend outside the above hours for field trips and industry experience. You will also be required to undertake self-directed study beyond scheduled class time.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students full year $5,750.00

2018 international students full year $19,947.00

2018 domestic students half year $3,521.00

2018 international students half year $11,968.00

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • Certificate in Beautician & Cosmetology (Level 4)
  • National Certificate in Beauty Services (Beautician) (Level 4)
  • National Certificate in Beauty Services (Cosmetology) (Level 3)

Career Opportunities

  • Beauty therapy technician
  • Beauty therapist
  • Self-employment
  • Sales representative
  • Employment in gymnasiums, spas, on cruise liners and resorts

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Body Therapy & Electrology) (Level 5)

Entry Criteria

To gain entry into this programme, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of the National Certificate in Beauty Services (Cosmetology) (Level 3) if starting in June.

Applicants are more likely to succeed if they have:

  • Four years secondary education and at least 12 unit/achievement standard credits at level 2 including Science and English OR
  • Completed at least 12 credits towards the National Certificate in Beauty Services (Nail Technology) Level 4
  • Mature students with life skills and/or work experience who do not meet these requirements but have the equivalent ability and experience are encouraged to apply


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.