Project Description

New Zealand Certificate in Barber Skills Level 3

The New Zealand Certificate in Barber Skills Level 3 is an internationally recognised NZQA approved programme that offers foundation skills in barbering, preparing you for a future in the barber 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 photo shoots.

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

Once you have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Barber Skills Level 3 you will then be able to progress onto the New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering Level 4.

Upon completion of this qualification, you may also be able to enter into barbershop employment.

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 your barbering 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 student’s employment in barbershops.

Fees Schedule 2021

Fees:                     $7145.00

Equipment Kit:   $1220.00

Total:                     $8365.00

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  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.

2021 Intakes

Enrolments are open, please enquire

Enrolment Procedure

Click on the Apply Now button below to fill out an enrolment form or for assistance with enrolling contact Salina on 063583878 ext. 3

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 Barber Skills Level 3.

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

  • Barbering theory
  • Scissor and razor cutting skills for long and short hair
  • Clipper cutting skills
  • Beard and moustache shaping
  • Consultations
  • Product knowledge
  • Customer service skills
  • Men’s styling and blow drying

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 


Gina Eparaima
Gina EparaimaBarber Tutor Assessor
Gina is a qualified barber and holds a qualification in assessment practices. Gina has owned many barbershops and has a deep connection to the barber industry and its people.
Joe Bennion
Joe BennionBarber Tutor Assistant
Joe has been in the barbering and hairdressing industries for over 15 years. Joe owns one of the top barbershops in Feilding
Tyberius Jones
Tyberius JonesBarber Tutor Assistant
Ty brings valuable barbershop experience to BHB Academy’s barber team. He is passionate about teaching and passing on his knowledge.

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