New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing Emerging Stylist (Level 4)

Central Auckland - 28 April 2025

Cut Above Academy

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

This qualification is designed for learners who want to extend their basic knowledge and skills in a variety of hairdressing techniques, putting them to the test in hands-on real salons and learning about customer service at the same time. This programme will enable learners to find employment as a hairdresser or stylist in a salon.

Training for hairdressers begins with the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing Salon Support (Level 3) which takes you from complete novice to technical level, capable of earning your place in a successful salon – or qualifying for entry to this New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) (Level 4).

Personal hairdressing kit

Receive your Cut Above Hairdressing Kit packed with professional hairdressing equipment, including combs, brushes and the tools of the trade for cutting and colouring.

Build your own portfolio

Build your brand as a hairdresser, with hands-on training in the perfect blow wave, long hair styling, hair treatments, scissor and razor cutting, highlighting and foiling and colour styling. You’ll graduate with a portfolio of work to wow prospective clients and employers.

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

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New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) (Level 4)

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

  • Have completed New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) (Level 3) or equivalent

  • And an interview may be requested 

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: $9,839*

  • 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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