New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing Emerging Stylist Level 4

The New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing Emerging Stylist Level 4 is an internationally recognised NZQA approved programme that allows you to take your hairdressing skills to the next level. The emerging stylist programme is for students who have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) Level 3.

This programme will cover more advanced hairdressing theory and practical skills where you will work on clients in our salon as well as being involved in hairdressing 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 salon that runs commercially for authentic assessment situations. Students are taught by award-winning, qualified tutors with both hairdressing and teaching as their passion.

Career Opportunities

Once you have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing Emerging Stylist Level 4 you will then be able to go on to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing Professional Stylist Level 4 – Not available at BHB Academy. Entry into this qualification can be arranged with your salon employer upon gaining employment.

Being a qualified hairdresser can lead to many exciting career opportunities:

  • Salon employment
  • Salon business owner
  • Cruise ship/superyacht
  • Tutoring
  • Representative for salon brands
  • Creative education and much more

Entry Criteria

Applicants must be 16 years or over at the time of commencing study and have achieved The New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) Level 3 or equivalent

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 hairdressing and the commitment to complete and your hairdressing 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 – 5:00 pm

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 student’s employment in salons.

Fees Schedule 2024

Fees:                     $7,668.00

Equipment Kit:   $1,500.00

Total:                     $9,168.00

All NZ and Australian Citizens are eligible for loans and allowances and must be applied for through Study Link . You can also apply for course-related costs for the equipment kit required for the course.

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 Hairdressing Emerging Stylist 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 please email 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

  • Consultation skills
  • Scissor cutting skills
  • Razor and clipper cutting
  • Advanced chemical services
  • Wet and dry styling
  • Colour and colour correction skills

Equipment Kit

You will be required to purchase a kit of equipment that you will need to use throughout your study with BHB Academy.

This can be purchased through BHB Academy using course-related costs available through Study Link. You can view the equipment list here


MEL SWITZERHairdressing Manager
Mel Switzer is a qualified hairdresser and holds qualifications in assessment practices and numeracy and literacy for adults.
Mel looks after all aspects of our hairdressing programme and the BHB tutorial team. Mel brings a wealth of knowledge to our hairdressing students and plays an important part in creating a culture of teamwork and belonging at BHB.
BROOKE MCHARDYHairdressing Tutor
Brooke is a qualified hairdresser with over 15 years experience. She is passionate about hairdressing and excels at supporting students through their hairdressing journey.
CARRIE FRAZERHairdressing Tutor Assessor
Carrie is a qualified hairdresser and experienced Hairdressing tutor. She holds qualifications in Assessment, Numeracy and Literacy for Adults and Certificate in Adult Teaching. Carrie has had many successes in live and photographic competition work.
TRACY MCINTYREHairdressing Tutor Assistant
Tracy is a qualified hairdreser with over 20 years experience. Tracy owns her own extremely successful salon, Jolt Hair Palmerston North. She is passionate about what she does, and passes on great knowledge to get our students ready to go out into the workforce. With enthusiasm and talent in spades, Tracy inspires our students to be their very best.

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