The National School of Aesthetics

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Who We Are

We share information about who we are, our history and how we operate

An important part of what we feel makes the National School of Aesthetics great and different is who we are. This section of our site will give several pieces of information on who we are. We are a strong, quality-focused organisation, determined to meet the needs of our clients to the highest industry-standard available in the beauty therapy, nail technology and spa therapies education field.

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Love Christchurch Made: Proudly 100% Christchurch Owned and Operated

We are proudly 100% Christchurch owned and operated. Both our owners are Christchurch born and bred, and we remain strongly committed to Christchurch and the rebuild.

No other NZQA-Registered tertiary education provider, public or private, offering beauty therapy training in Christchurch is 100% Christchurch-owned and -operated.

During the buildling of our new premises, we used local tradesmen and, wherever possible, local supplies and materials. We continue to support Christchurch-owned businesses so we can rebuild Christchurch in the best possible way.

When you support the National School of Aesthetics, you are helping support Christchurch.

Find other Christchurch companies you can support by visiting Love Christchurch Made.

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Our Code of Ethics

Be friendly and give courteous service to all, retaining your dignity under all circumstances. Do not show favouritism but treat all clients honestly and fairly. Respect their feelings and rights. Be tactful. Let others know you are dependable by keeping your word and fulfilling your obligations.

Set an example in your conduct. Listen when others speak for they too have their viewpoints. Cherish your reputation. Learn to talk intelligently about your work. Show pride in your skills. Keep faith with your profession. Develop empathy.

Do not indulge in questionable practices. Extravagant claims and false promises diminish you as a person and cast an unfavourable light upon your profession and your teachers as well as the entire beauty industry.

Show appreciation for the efforts of others and be tolerant of their shortcomings.  Be willing to learn all you can about your profession and develop your physical, mental, and spiritual qualities to the fullest.

Strive to become the best.

© 1985 - 2017 Aesthetics House Limited. No unauthorised use permitted.

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Our Mihi

Thanks to Miles Kau Kau, our kaumatua, for sharing this mihi with us.

Tënä Koutou Katoa.

Welcome everyone.

Ko te mihi tuatahi, ki te Atua. Näna nei nga mea katoa.

The first greeting is to God, the creator of all things.

Ko te mihi tuarua ki a Ranginui raua ko Paptuanuku. Tëna körua.

Greetings to our sky father and earth mother.

Ko te mihi tuatoru ki te whare e tü nei. Tënä koe.

Greetings to the buildings.

Ko ti mihi ki nga mate katoa. Haere, haere, haere.

To those who have passed on: "Rest in Peace;" return to our ancestors.

Ki a tatou katoa e tau nei.

To those of us assembled here, welcome.

Tënä koutou, tënä koutou, tënä tätou katoa.

© 2006-2017 Miles Kau Kau. Reprinted with his kind permission here. No unauthorised use permitted.

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Our History

From humble beginnings in the suburbs of Christchurch on 3 July 1985, the National School of Aesthetics outgrew the original premises in just six months. A move to the centre of the city was required very early into our history. The school also was registered with ITEC in 1985 and fully-registered in 1986.

In 1988, the school spread into adjoining suites and was utilising 1,800 square feet of floor space. This proved to be too cramped, and, later in the same year we took an area comprising two floors, a total area of 5,500 square feet. By the end of 1993, the school occupied three floors. At over 12,000 square feet, the school was the largest in New Zealand. In 1990, we were privileged to have the first ITEC Honours graduate in the country and to be the first NZQA-Registered Beauty Therapy school in New Zealand.

At the end of 1994, the school consolidated its operations, and the move was made to Sun Alliance Building, on Hereford Street. We occupied prime space on the top and penthouse floors. It was in Sun Alliance Building that the school first gained ITEC JAMES-Accreditation, placing the school within the top 5% of ITEC schools world-wide.

In 1997, the move was made to Amuri Park to try and get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Christchurch. We originally occupied all of the first floor of Unit 7 after spending two years in the ground floor of Unit 6. The grounds were lush, quiet and private.

Slowly but surely, we started needing more space again, and we started to lease space on the ground floor as it became available. Finally, in 2007, we took over the entire unit. This saw the construction of our new spa classroom facilities and clinic, and the addition of the Diploma in Spa Therapies to our courses.

Unit 7 held strong during the 4 September 2010 7.1 earthquake, the 22 February 2011 6.3 aftershock, and every aftershock in between and beyond, until two strong aftershocks on 13 June 2011 damaged the external decorative concrete panels. Her contemporary units, especially Unit 8, did not perform as well.

The building's owners decided to demolish it along with her contemporaries.

A new campus emerged from the aftermath.

We found a modern warehouse unit with offices out the front and transformed it into a purpose-built classroom facility. The 1,200+ square meters in our new premises houses 6 practical rooms line a large corridor leading into the Great Hall, a large multi-purpose room for lounging, studying and learning. Another corridor leads from the classroom section into the office section, which also houses the lecture room. Wireless internet is available for staff and students alike.

Industry visitors from New Zealand and around the world have remarked our premises are "world-class" and "leading-edge".

Although originally a partnership, the National School of Aesthetics is now a registered company, Aesthetics House Limited. The two original founders remain on the Board of Directors for Aesthetics House and still play active, day-to-day roles in the school routine.

The services offered to our students are of high standard and are borne from a desire of the Directors to provide an environment in which they themselves would be happy to participate in as a student. This notion is coupled with a desire to charge realistic fees for our training, and from our inception to the present day, our training has remained the least expensive of any of the schools in New Zealand offering recognised training to an International standard.

In 2002, the National School of Aesthetics received AS/NZS ISO 9001:2000 Accreditation, which means the standard of the Quality Management Systems meet the requirements of the ISO 9001:2000 standard. The accreditation was given after minimal corrections and granted for a period of three years: relatively unheard of in ISO 9001:2000 accreditation!

In 2004, the strong QMS also rotated our school to a three-year audit cycle with NZQA, the highest audit cycle (as of December 2003, under 10% of all private providers were on a three-year audit cycle; our auditor believed about 3% of PTEs in September 2004 were on a three-year audit cycle). We achieved another three-year audit cycle in 2007.

Our 2008 TEC Baseline Monitoring Report (BMR) showed our results against standard key performance indicators (KPIs) were 2 to 3 times higher than the average.

In 2013, the New Zealand Association of Beauty Therapists awarded our owners, Noel Turner and Don Kendall, the "Contribution to the Industry" award for their "significant contribution to the development of the beauty therapy industry in New Zealand." This is similar to the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Oscars.

Also in 2013, NZQA held their first External Evaluation and Review at the National School of Aesthetics and stated they were "highly confident" in NaSA's educational outcomes and capacity for self-assessment. As of August 2013, we were the only beauty therapy provider in the South Island, and one of three New Zealand-wide, to gain this highest rating.

All these monitoring bodies felt that our institution had "a strong learner focus" and a strong eye for quality: something we've strived to keep since that fateful day we opened in 1985.

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Our Premises

For photos of our campus, click here for our School Photographs page.

Our main working areas are divided into separate practical classrooms painted white with either dark grey carpeting or light grey vinyl. Bright red doors lead from each classroom into a spacious corridor where a 6 sink bench unit stands to one side of the corridor. A changing room with a large mirror sits opposite the sink bench unit.

The rooms are bright and private, with music piped through to each room. The music volume can be controlled for each individual room, depending on the subject being taught. We have obtained state-of-the-art electrical equipment to teach the electrical components of the beauty therapy syllabus.

The main feature of our premises is the Great Hall. This is a two-storey open area with wireless internet access, tables and chairs, cubby holes for storage, and two TVs. It also has mood lighting available, and we use the Great Hall for everything from lectures to studying to breaks.

The lecture room is housed in the office section of the building. It normally holds 24 students, with 2 students at each table. The interactive whiteboard is hooked up to the internet and network, and DVDs, videos, music, PowerPoint presentations and more can be accessed on the interactive whiteboard. Anatomical models are also housed in the lecture room.

Both national and international visitors have commented on the modern premises and rate ours amongst not only the best in the country but also the best in the world. Students are provided with background music, modern décor and plenty of opportunities that they might not receive at other schools.

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Our Registrations and Accreditations

The National School of Aesthetics is:

  • Registered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989 and subsequent amendments as a private training establishment and has been since the QA's inception in 1990;
  • Accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989 and subsequent amendments to provide education and training based on the unit standards in the beauty therapy and cosmetology domains of the National Qualifications Framework;
  • Registered and accredited by the International Therapy Examination Council to train students in various therapy qualifications created and maintained by ITEC;
  • Registered and accredited by the Comite International D'Esthetique et de Cosmetologie to train students in beauty therapy qualifications created and maintained by CIDESCO.

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International Registrations & Our School

Our school remains the only tertiary provider in the South Island that can offer students two industry-recognised, major international qualifications. These major qualifications, according to the Association of Beauty Therapy New Zealand's Web site, are ITEC, CIBTAC and CIDESCO.

The National School of Aesthetics has been registered with ITEC since 1985 and CIDESCO since 2003. In 1997, ITEC awarded our institution with JAMES-Accreditation, making it the eighth ITEC school in the world (out of the then-500-odd ITEC schools world-wide) to gain this prestigious award. JAMES-Accreditation, for those who are unaware of this system, was awarded to the top 5% of ITEC schools world-wide. We remain one of the top ITEC schools in Australasia for excellent results and professional candidates, and we are highly-regarded by all these international governing bodies due to our extremely high pass rates.

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Equal Opportunity Employment Statement

The school will be fair in all areas of employment. The school does not discriminate on the basis of colour, creed, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or cultural beliefs. Disability will be considered as long as it does not preclude the employee from performing his/her assigned tasks and does not endanger the health and safety of other employees, students and visitors.

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