New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering Level 4

The New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering Level 4 is an internationally recognised NZQA approved programme that offers foundation to advanced skills in barbering, preparing you for a future in the barbering industry.

This programme will cover barber theory and practical skills where you will work on clients in our barbershop as well as being involved in barber competitions, community events, and photoshoots.

All course content is delivered face to face on-site at BHB Academy where we operate from a purpose-built, fully equipped barbershop that runs commercially for authentic assessment situations.

Students are taught by award-winning barbers with both barbering and teaching as their passion.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering Level 4, you are able to enter into barbershop employment as a fully qualified barber.

Being a qualified barber can lead to many exciting career opportunities E.G:

  • Barbershop employment
  • Barbershop business owner
  • Cruise ship/superyacht
  • Tutoring
  • Creative education and much more

Entry Criteria

Applicants must be 16 years or over at the time of commencing study and have achieved NCEA level 2 or above.

Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 5.5 (with no score below 5.0) or equivalent. Enrolment is subject to approval by the directors.

A passion for barbering and the commitment to complete and your barber qualification is essential.

You must also be able to meet all enrolment requirements as stated in the Enrolment Guide.

Course Duration and Hours

This course is 40 weeks


Tuesday               9:00am – 5:00pm

Wednesday         9:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday             9:00am – 5:00pm

Friday                   9:00am – 4:00pm

Monday is a self-directed study day used for projects and assignments

Course holiday breaks

BHB Academy follows the Ministry of Education school term and holiday breaks.

NB:  Except for the October holidays where one week’s holiday is taken only (the first week). This is due to our early finish in December so as to accommodate students’ employment in barbershops.

Fees Schedule 2024

Fees:                     $9,443.00

Compulsory Course Costs – Equipment Kit:   $1,500.00 (included in course costs)

Total:                     $9,443.00

You may be eligible for Fees Free funding. To see if you are eligible visit

All NZ and Australian Citizens are eligible for loans and allowances and must be applied for through Study Link.

BYOD is essential to this programme.

Please ensure you bring a laptop, iPad, or tablet (phones are not an accepted form of  BYOD) BHB Academy uses Canvas as your online learning system. Canvas will only work on the current or first previous major release of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari. Because it’s built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser.

If you don’t already have a suitable device, you will need to purchase this PRIOR to your first day of attendance at BHB Academy. Financial assistance for this can be applied for through Studylink under course-related costs. Studylink loans up to $1,000.00 for course-related costs.

Fee Protection

Student fees will be held in a trust in compliance with section 236A of the Education Act 1989 as amended by the Education Amendment Act (No4) 1991.

2024 Intakes

30th January 2024

23rd  July 2024

Enrolment Procedure

Click here to fill out an enrolment form, or for assistance with enrolling contact Mel on 063583878 ext. 4

You will hear back from a member of the enrolment team to schedule an interview time. Having support around you is important so we encourage parents/support people to attend this interview with you.

BHB Academy may then present you with a letter of offer to pursue study in the New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering Level 4.

You will also be sent further enrolment documentation to read through, including forms you need to fill in, sign, and return to BHB Academy as part of your enrolment requirements. These will be sent to you via email.

Withdrawal/Refund Procedure

If you wish to withdraw from a course after payment of any monies (in full or part) you are required to do so in writing by filling in a Change of details/circumstances form, email salina@bhbacademy to request this form. You are required to do this within the refund period of 8 calendar days after the course commencement.

If you withdraw within 8 calendar days of the first day of the course you will be entitled to, upon return of all equipment, a full refund of all monies less a $500 administration fee.

Please see BHB Enrolment Guide for further information on withdrawal/refund processes.

 Course Content

  • Customer Service
  • Beard and Moustache Shaping
  • Wet shaving
  • Haircut Services
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Communication skills
  • Product Removal
  • Safe Practices in the barbershop
  • Professional and legal requirements
  • Hair and scalp knowledge and conditions
  • Performing barber services

Equipment Kit

As part of your compulsory course costs, you will be provided a barber kit valued at $1,500.00. BHB Academy only supplies professional product brands for equipment kits.

You can view the equipment list here.


Shaelagh has many years in the hair industry starting out by training in hairdressing but found her passion and belonging in the barber industry early on. Shaelagh brings a passion for people and for sharing of industry knowledge.

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