our programmes

The aim of our programmes is to give our students the practical skills, as well as the theory, required by the hairdressing industry. Specifically this enables our graduates to work with success in a hairdressing career. Quality is our trademark and many salons who have employed our graduates will testify to this as a result. Applicants who have not been enrolled with us before will need to complete our enrolment form including two referees. Applicants may also need to complete a numeracy and literacy assessment. They must also attend our pre-enrolment day held before the start of the course.

Industry standards are especially the priority in all aspects of our hairdressing programme curriculum. We maintain close links with local hairdressing salons both for the delivery of the programme and to provide students with relevant work experience.

Our vision is to have a creative and fun as well as professional learning environment in which to share our knowledge and support. We especially always encourage students to reach their full potential. On completing a two year programme with us, you will certainly have all the professional skills you need as an Intermediate Stylist to meet the challenges in this dynamic industry.

Hair to Train will  particularly give you the opportunity to gain work experience in a commercial salon. This will give you a clear understanding of the workplace as well as the expectations of employers. There is also a high chance you will gain a permanent job placement after completing the work experience. You will certainly gain and form contacts and networks for job seeking in the future.


We also have a fully equipped salon on-site, enabling you to gain the skills and confidence you need for your career. Our aim is to secure you a job in a hair salon that suits your personality as well as your individual flair. We have great relationships with salons throughout the Bay of Plenty and further afield. The Hair to Train team work very hard to uphold the highest leading graduate placement standards.

At Hair to Train we focus in particular on practical and theory on-site hairdressing training for four days a week. The “Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation” has said that at least 80 weeks training is needed to complete hairdressing unit standards level 1-4.

First students complete the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing Emerging Stylist (Year 2). Students can then complete the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing Professional Stylist Level 4 in a working salon.

Training at Hair to Train will certainly put you well on your way to your qualification and entering the world of hairdressing. Nothing will stand in your way!

From 1 January 2018, tertiary education in NZ will be fees free for eligible first time tertiary students. Please check the following link to see if you are eligible https://www.feesfree.govt.nz/

Upcoming Intake Dates 2020

13 Oct 2020 – Year 1: NZ Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) Level 3

13 Oct 2020 – Year 2:  NZ Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) Level 4

13 Oct 2020 – NZ Certificate in Barber Skills Level 3

There’s a lot of interest out there!  To avoid disappointment click here to register for more info.

Year One:

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) Level 3 122 NZQA Credits.

This 40-week hair training course is your first step towards a future hairdressing career, giving you the elementary practical and technical skills to work in the hair salon industry. You don’t need any prior hairdressing knowledge or hair salon experience to apply for this 40 week programme, but you do need to meet our course entry requirements. Talk to us to learn more.

Year Two:

New Zealand Certificate in Intermediate Hairdressing Skills (Emerging Stylist) Level 4 122 NZQA Credits.

This second year, 40-week hair training course builds on the essential skills you’ve gained at level 3. On graduation you will be qualified to work as an intermediate hair stylist in a commercial hairdressing salon. You must have successfully completed the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) Level 3 or equivalent to enter this course. Talk to us to learn more.

New Zealand Certificate in Barber Skills Level 3 122 NZQA Credits.

Barbering is a sought after trade. This 40 week barber course is suitable for male and female students of any age. The units cover barbering techniques unique to this industry. Talk to us to learn more.

hair to train testimonial

I loved getting my hair done at hair to train! Went in to get a change of look and asked for a balayage, never had it done before and wasn’t sure what to expect but I was blown away by the result. Shout out to Ajah who did an amazing job and thanks to everybody there who gave great service overall!!

Jessica Locke