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Entry Criteria

What qualifications and skills you need to enrol

In order to gain entry into our beauty, nail technology and spa courses, there are certain criteria you must meet. These entry criteria are listed below.

Entry Requirements for Courses

The standard of our graduates is very high, so, to a certain extent, we prefer accepting a certain standard of applicant. We do not wish to preclude any individual from training, and we will assess you on your merits.

As prospective student, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate some past academic achievement (dependent on what qualification you are applying for).
    1. Entry level qualifications: Demonstrate some past academic achievement.
    2. Formal, completed[a] secondary qualification

      • NCEA Level 1[b], 2 and/or 3
        (minimum is completed NCEA Level 1 if you are under 20)
      • University of Cambridge International Examinations IGCSE or higher
      • School Certificate
      • University Entrance
      • Bursary
      • Overseas equivalents

      Formal, completed tertiary qualification

      • National / New Zealand Certificate
      • National / New Zealand Diploma
      • National / New Zealand Degree
      • NZQA-Approved Certificate
      • NZQA-Approved Diploma
      • New Zealand Degree
      • Overseas equivalents

      If you are aged 20 or over...

      You may provide evidence of skills or qualifications gained throughout work or life if secondary school and tertiary qualifications are not available.

      [a] "Completed" in this and all further instances means you successfully met the academic and other requirements to gain the qualification and you have the record of learning, transcript and/or certificate to prove this.

      [b] National Certificate in Eduation Achievement Requirements

      To gain NCEA Level 1, you need

      • 80 or more credits successfully completed with
      • 80 or more credits at levels 1, 2 or 3 and
      • 10 of those credits in literacy and
      • 10 of those credits in numeracy

      To gain NCEA Level 2, you need

      • 80 or more credits successfully completed with
      • 60 or more credits at level 2 or above and
      • 20 additional credits at any level

      To gain NCEA Level 3, you need

      • 80 or more credits successfully completed with
      • 60 or more credits at level 3 or above and
      • 20 additional credits at level 2 or above
    3. Professional development qualifications: Demonstrate you hold the required pre-requisite qualifications. Each professional development course has its own specific prerequisite qualifications. See our information for the course you are interested in for the prerequisites.
    4. Formal, completed industry-specific qualification

      This could include (but not limited to):

      • Certificate in Aesthetics
      • Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics
      • Certificate in Nail Technology
      • Diploma in Spa Therapies
      • Diploma in Massage Therapy
      • Or an NZQA-Approved or overseas equivalent

      Additional prerequisites may be required

      For example, the Statement of Achievement in Red Vein Treatment requires you to have been practicing electrology professionally for 2 years prior to starting the course.

      We reserve the right...

      To waive proof for NaSA graduates whose results and/or qualifications are known to us.

  2. Prove you are at least 17 years old by the start of the qualification. We have no upper age limit.
    1. International students must be at least 18 years old at the time of enrolment.
  3. Not suffer from any medical conditions that will restrict or preclude you from meeting course requirements and/or work in the industry. Certain disabilities and medical conditions may contraindicate or preclude you from completing some or all of the course requirements. Declare all medical and learning conditions in your application. There are solutions and work-arounds to some conditions. We judge applicants on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Possess a good standard of health. Frequent absenteeism due to ill health is not acceptable, and it may stop you from sitting course examinations.
  5. Not suffer skin rashes or allergies to products.
  6. Converse, comprehend, read, write, speak and understand English to a suitable level. Students with learning disabilities or speaking English as a second language may be asked to provide medical diagnosis or evidence of suitability for the course, and may need to seek specialist tutor assistance during (and outside the scope of) the course.
    1. To gain entry into any course at the school, international students who speak English as a second language should have, at minimum, one of the following scores from a test taken overseas or within New Zealand:
    2. IELTS

      • Score of 6.0 or higher on the Academic Module Test; and
      • Each band score at or higher than 5.5


      Paper-Based Test (pBT)

      • Score of 550 or higher on the Paper-Based Test (pBT); and
      • An essay score at or higher than 5 TWE

      Internet-Based Test (iBT)

      • Score of 80 or higher on the Internet-Based Test (iBT); and
      • A listening score at or higher than 20; and
      • A reading score at or higher than 20; and
      • A speaking score at or higher than 20; and
      • A writing score at or higher than 20.

      University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations

      • Score of 52 or higher on the First Certificate in English (FCE) or Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)


      • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4) with Academic endorsement
    3. International students who have English as a second language and are progressing from a New Zealand high school into our course, should have gained, at minimum::
    4. NZQA

      • NCEA Level 3; and
      • Have met University Entrance requirements
  7. Accept constructive criticism. Constructive criticism is the way in which we help you correct deficiencies or errors in your skills. We try to balance negative criticism with positive praise.

We reserve the right to allow special entry to students if they demonstrate an extraordinary ability which compensates for a deficiency in one or more of the areas above.

If your originals are not in English, you will need to have a certified translator translate the document into English for your application.

Pre-Requisite Qualifications

For all professional development courses, applicants are expected to provide evidence of completion of the pre-requisite qualification(s) with their submission.

For more information on pre-requisite qualifications, see the individual course page in our Professional Development section.

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