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Certificate in Barber Skills (Level 3)
Certificate in Barber Skills (Level 3)

Certificate in Barber Skills (Level 3)

  • ID:CPIT640112
  • Level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • 10 NCEA Level 1 literacy credits and 10 NCEA Level 1 numeracy credits.

  • If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency

English requirements

  • If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.
  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.


  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the AraExamination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • Overall IELTS requirements 5.5 academic: speaking 5.0, reading 5.0, writing 5.0, listening 5.0.

Course Information

Gain the technical and creative skills needed to become a professional barber.

Taught by barbering experts, this heavily practical programme will equip you with a solid foundation of barbering knowledge. It combines a focus on elements of traditional and contemporary fashion styles with an understanding of the origins and influences of this vocation.

The programme covers classic barbering techniques, small hair detail, scissor skills, clipper and fade work including traditional wet shaves, plus professional ethics and standards. You'll study the latest fashions and develop your own style in relation to current trends in this exciting industry. With each cut and shave, our tutors will support and guide you to ensure you graduate feeling confident and competent and ready for the world of barbershop.

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Further study options include the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) or the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist), both available at Ara.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

The 'barbering boom' has reached Christchurch with many new barbershops opening in the city and around Canterbury. As a graduate of this programme you can pathway into another hairdressing qualification or enter into a barbering apprenticeship with the New Zealand Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/ per year

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