Beauty Therapy Courses

Completing a beauty therapy course or qualification is the best way to kickstart a career in the beauty therapy industry. 

When you study beauty therapy you will learn the ins and outs of techniques such as waxing and spray tanning and will become an expert on all things lashes and brows. You’ll also get exposure to the more technical side of things like learning how the skin works. 

A lot of students are drawn to studying beauty therapy for the self-employment opportunities it provides. You could go on to run your own salon, or even set up a small business operated out of your own home. With fees-free studies available to a lot of New Zealanders, you may even find you can study beauty therapy for free, or at little cost. 

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Qualifications usually start at Level 3 which covers the basics of skincare and makeup artistry. A Level 5 qualification would take you from the basics to a more advanced level, including techniques such as electrolysis hair removal and other electric skincare techniques. 

Day-to-day work for a qualified beauty therapist includes: 

  • Analysing and producing a treatment plan for a client's skin, hair and nails 

  • Treatments for the face and body such as facials or laser 

  • Hair removal through waxing, laser, or electrolysis 

  • Nail treatments for hands and feet 

  • Massage and relaxation techniques for the whole body 


Pay can differ a lot for beauty therapists as it depends on a few factors such as whether you are self-employed or employed by a salon. 

Beauty therapists usually start on minimum wage and may move up to around $60,000 per year with two years' experience. If you decide to run your own business you may earn more than this, depending on how successful your business is. 

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