New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering (Level 4)

Central Auckland - 14 July 2025

Cut Above Academy

Fees Free!
NZQA Level: 4
NZQA Credits: 120
Learning Style: In-Person Learning
32 weeks
Start Date:
End Date:
10 April 2026

This qualification is designed for learners who want to gain the full spectrum of barber skills, including skills of clipper, scissor, razor cutting, cut-throat shaving and hair/beard colouring. This programme will provide learners with the right skills to find full-time employment in a barbershop or open their own business.

The revival of barbering means great opportunities for graduates! Our dynamic programme combines the classic barbering skills of clipper, scissor, and razor cutting with street savvy taper fades, line-outs, cut-throat shaving and current colour trends.

Learn the old and the new school

We teach the full spectrum of barber skills so you can work on a wide range of clients.

Exclusive industry exposure

Be part of “money can’t buy” exposure to the industry, through exclusive guest speakers and industry partner tours so you can start to build contacts.

Ground floor, 360 Queen Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010

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Intro to Barber Skills
Barber Essentials
Beard & Moustache Design
Mens Styling Trends
Classic Cutting & Client Care
Creative Cutting and Clipper Work
Complementary Services
Barbering Services
Business Skills
New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering (Level 4)

Entry is open to beginners and all applicants are considered however you must be: 

  • Able to demonstrate a basic understanding of spoken and written English


You may be eligible for fees free study! If so, the below fees and costs will not apply to you. Refer to the website to check if you are eligible, as course fees are paid up to a maximum of $12,000.

  • Tuition Fee: $9,776*

  • Student Services Levy: $350**

  • Course Related Costs: $1,000*

**Also known as the CSSF or Compulsory Student Services fee. This fee covers the learning, employment, wellbeing and counselling support you might need during your time with us. This cost is paid together as part of your course fees. You can find out more information about what this covers here.

*Prices subject to change.

If you're eligible for fees free study, you still need to apply for a Student Loan if you want to borrow for course-related costs or living cost. Find out if you're eligible by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit Studylink.

If you are aged between 16 and 24 years, you may qualify for one of our Youth Guarantee fee-free spots.


  • Tuition Fee: $23,500 NZD

  • Course Related Costs: $1,750 NZD

Download the international fees PDF here.


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