National Certificate in Beauty Services (Cosmetology) (Level 3)

If you’re keen on a career in beauty this is an ideal first step. Over the 14 weeks you'll get an overview of this exciting industry as well as practical experience to build your confidence and skills.

You’ll learn to provide manicure and pedicure services, mini facials, eyelash tinting, eyebrow shaping and makeup applications.

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 learn vital health, safety and first aid skills – earning a Comprehensive First Aid Certificate along the way.

The course builds your confidence and skills which allows you to work in beauty retail, on a beauty service reception desk, or as a self-employed beauty service provider.

You can also choose further study and cross-credit what you’ve learnt towards our Level 4 beauty qualification.

Content Details

During your study you'll develop your skills in:

  • Cosmetic services including mini facials, eyelash tinting, eyebrow shaping, and make-up applications
  • Manicure and pedicure services
  • Customer service and sales including fragrance layering, hair care, men’s and women’s toiletries
  • Health, safety and first aid

Practical Experience
Throughout the course you'll gain practical experience.

Customer Service and Sales
We'll teach you how to sell goods and services relevant to the beauty industry and how to provide great customer service while on reception. You'll also learn cashiering skills that are necessary in any retail business.

Cosmetic Services Practical
You’ll learn to confidently provide a range of beauty services including manicure, pedicure and cosmetic services. You’ll become knowledgeable in the selection and use of cosmetics and toiletries so that you can confidently provide advice to customers.

Health and Safety
Health and safety concepts within the workplace are covered in this course. You’ll also learn how to carry out first aid in emergency situations.


Planned intakes*: February, July, August
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Rotorua (Waipa Campus), Taupo, Tauranga (Windermere Campus), Tokoroa, Whakatane
Duration: 14 weeks

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

The course is 14 weeks with classes scheduled for approximately 24 hours per week, Monday to Thursday, 9.00am - 3.00pm (Tauranga) and Monday to Wednesday, 9.00am to 3.00pm (when offered at Whakatane). You’ll 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 $2,323.00

2018 international students $8,644.00

2018 Opotiki intakes fees-free (conditions apply)

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 course you will receive:

  • National Certificate in Beauty Services (Cosmetology) (Level 3)
  • Comprehensive First Aid Certificate

Career Opportunities

At the completion of your study you could gain employment selling cosmetics and toiletries in department stores, as a retail assistant on a cosmetics counter, or in retail sales.

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

Certificate in Beautician and Cosmetology (Level 4)
Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Body Therapy & Electrology) (Level 5)

Entry Criteria

  • You are more likely to succeed on this course if you have achieved at least 10 credits in literacy (English) and 10 credits in numeracy (Maths) towards NCEA Level 1, or successfully completed Te Timatanga Certificate in Tertiary Study Level 2. Biology is also a preferred NCEA subject.

Mature applicants with life skills and/or work experience who do not meet the stated entry requirements but can demonstrate 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 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 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.