Our new programme approvals for the 2020 academic year have been with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) since July 2019.

Yesterday, NZQA formally approved our combined New Zealand Certificate and Diploma in Beauty Therapy programme. We are also accredited to teach it.

All new students from 2020 will be offered the combined New Zealand Certificate and Diploma in Beauty Therapy programme only for studying beauty therapy. This means all students will gain both the certificate and diploma in 18 months (instead of the normal 2 years).

This morning, we submitted an application to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) for funding approval for the New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy programme. We already have made our 2020 funding plans available to TEC.

We will keep you up-to-date on the progress we make via our Web site.

Our new programme approvals for the 2020 academic year have been with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) since July 2019.

Last week, NZQA and we agreed that we would take a two-pronged approach to getting the programme approvals through the process:

First, we would concentrate on getting the New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy programme approved and accredited first as this was an entirely new programme and accreditation.

Then, once that programme was approved and accredited, we would then concentrate on getting the combined New Zealand Certificate and Diploma in Beauty Therapy programme approved and accredited as this is a combination of the already approved New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy programme and the going-through-approval New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy programme.

Yesterday, NZQA formally approved our New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy programme. We are also accredited to teach it.

This programme will only be offered to current New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy students studying with us who want to gain the diploma as well (numbers permitting).

All new students from 2020 will be offered the combined New Zealand Certificate and Diploma in Beauty Therapy programme only for studying beauty therapy.

This morning, we submitted an application to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) for funding approval for the New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy programme. We already have made our 2020 funding plans available to TEC.

We will keep you up-to-date on the progress we make via our Web site.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Programme Approvals 2019 Update 1

Our new programme approvals for the 2020 academic year are now with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). We finalised the approval documentation and submitted it to NZQA yesterday and today.

It should take no more than 45 days for NZQA to finish up the programme approval and accreditation process, according to the documentation on our Web site.

Once we receive approval, we then can submit the programmes to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) for funding approval. We already have made our 2020 funding plans available to TEC.

We will keep you up-to-date on the progress we make via our Web site.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Programme Approval Surveys 2019

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We need your help!

If you are a current NaSA student, a NaSA graduate, or a member of the beauty therapy industry, we need your help in taking a survey about our proposed new programme approvals. They are:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5)
  • New Zealand Certificate and Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5) combined programme

If you’d like to help us by taking the survey, you can be visiting our survey on Survey Monkey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NaSALevel5

Please note: The survey ends at 11:45 PM on Monday, 24 June 2019.

Thank you in advance!

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We’re happy to announce our 2019 course information pack and information is now online.

You can download our new course information pack from our Course Information Pack page. And our students look wonderful in the brochure too.

Want to study with us in 2019? You can download the course information pack or download the application form itself from our Downloads page.

Please note that domestic students (New Zealand citizens and permanent residents) have different a application form than international students (foreign students who need a student visa or other visa to study).

You can fill these out on your computer or smart device. You will then need to print them out, initial each page and sign the last page, and post, courier, or bring the form in with the required supporting documentation.

All instructions for these forms are online in our Enrol section of our Web site.

You should apply as soon as possible so you can secure your spot. July 2018 intakes were full 3 months before we started with a long waiting list.

The New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy and New Zealand Certificate in Spa Therapies programmes are currently being created and will enter the NZQA Approval and Accreditation process later in 2018 or early in 2019 for delivery in 2020.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Good news!

NZQA have approved our applications for the New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) and the New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology (Level 4). This means from 2019, these two programmes will replace the Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics programme and the Certificate in Nail Technology programme (respectively) at The National School of Aesthetics.

We are now working with TEC for funding approval for these programmes and their components, which should be completed within the next few weeks. Once fees are finalised, we’ll be able to give you more information on prices and release application forms.

The New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy and New Zealand Certificate in Spa Therapies programmes are currently being created and will enter the NZQA Approval and Accreditation process later in 2018 or early in 2019 for delivery in 2020.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

2019 Programme Update

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Lately, we’re getting asked, “Why don’t you have information about your 2019 programmes on your Web site yet?”

In 2019 and 2020, we’ll begin the switch to programmes that align to the new New Zealand suite of beauty qualifications.

The first wave of alignment will happen in January 2019.

Our Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics programme is being replaced by two programmes: the New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) and the New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5). The first students in our New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy programme will start in late January 2019. Our first students in our New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy will start in late January 2020.

Our Certificate in Nail Technology will become the New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology (Level 4). Like the New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy programme, our first students will start the New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology in late January 2019.

The combined Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics with Certificate in Nail Technology programme will no longer be offered due to the significantly increased workload between the two programmes now the New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology is 120 credits (1200 hours) long.

Our Diploma in Spa Therapies will shorten to the New Zealand Certificate in Spa Therapy (Level 5). Like the New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy programme, our first students begin in this programme in late January 2020.

This is (of course) all subject to NZQA Approval and Accreditation.

The New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy and New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology programmes are currently in the NZQA Approval and Accreditation process, and, if there are no major issues that need to be corrected, they should be approved by late August 2018.

The New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy and New Zealand Certificate in Spa Therapies programmes are currently being created and will enter the NZQA Approval and Accreditation process later in 2018.

Once NZQA approves the first two programmes, we will release finalised information on our Web site and have our new Course Information Pack ready for download.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

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The Government has announced Fees Free 2018 is here.

You can see if you are eligible to receive fees free in 2018 at the Web site feesfree.govt.nz. You will need to have your National Student Number (NSN) handy to determine your eligibility.

Information we have seen states any eligible student can gain up to $12,000 for 1 Equivalent Full Time Student (EFTS) study. Part year study, like our Certificate in Nail Technology, also appear to be covered by the Fees Free 2018 policy.

Programmes we offer which we believe are covered by the Fees Free policy are:

  • Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics
  • Certificate in Nail Technology
  • Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics with Certificate in Nail Technology – Up to $12,000

From the Fees Free Web site:

Learner criteria for provider-based study

You need to meet these requirements for fees-free provider-based study. You must:

  • be allowed to work and live in New Zealand permanently, or be an Australian or New Zealand resident who has lived here for at least three years; and
  • not be enrolled in school when your qualification starts, and either:
    • been enrolled at school in 2017 or 2018, or
    • not have undertaken previous study or training of more than 60 credits, except while you were at school, and
  • enrol in an eligible qualification.

Eligible qualification and programme criteria

Your qualification or programme must also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • starts in 2018
  • funded by the Tertiary Education Commission
  • recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  • at Level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, and
  • for industry training only, be at least 120 credits.

If you are enrolled and you believe you qualify for Fees Free study in 2018, please contact StudyLink if you have applied for a student loan already.

You can find more information on the feesfree.govt.nz site, including on the Frequently Asked Questions page. You can also Contact Us for further information too.

Jordan Taylor applies makeup

Jordan Taylor likes, “the sense of mastering the art of beauty.” Currently studying the Diploma in Beauty Therapy at The National School of Aesthetics, she feels she, “enjoys the practical application of ideas,” and the beauty programme is an outlet for these strengths. She’s passionate about make-up, waxing, manicure and electrology. Despite holding no formal secondary qualifications because school did not hold her interest, Jordan’s strong grades at NaSA reflect her passion.

After researching other beauty institutions, Jordan chose NaSA as she respected NaSA’s professionalism, strong reputation and welcoming staff. She also feels her classmates make her study more enjoyable.

Jordan’s not only starting a beauty career for herself but also for her two children, Ashton (6) and Noah (3). NaSA’s 9 AM to 1 PM class times have helped her negotiate study and motherhood. “Without NaSA’s flexible hours, it would have been impossible for me to study,” she says. Timing is a struggle sometimes, but it is easier than expected, she adds.

Other challenges include completing larger projects and homework while ensuring her children’s needs are met. Her children have grown to have, “a deeper understanding of homework.”

After completing her diploma, she’s studying NaSA’s Certificate in Nail Technology. Once Jordan has mastered these skills, she’ll open her small business from home while “comfortably negotiating my role as a mother”, and eventually develop it into a commercial practice as her children get older.

To launch your beauty career with NaSA, call 0800 NaSANZor visit www.nasa.co.nz.

This article originally appeared in the Christchurch Star on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 and was written by NaSA’s Director of Operations, Scott Fack.  A big thank you to Jordan for her comments and help with this article.  If you’re a NaSA student or graduate who would like to share your story with us, contact Scott.

Parts of Jordan’s Interview In Her Own Words

“I really enjoy the sense of mastering the art of beauty. The subjects I feel most passionate about are make-up, waxing, manicures and electrology. My fellow classmates have made it a much more enjoyable experience, as we have been through the highs and lows together we have become a lot closer.”

“The hardest aspects are the more academic components; however as I am driven by my enthusiasm in the beauty industry, I am finding I can drive myself to over come these hurdles this has also taught me resilience.”

“I have two children Ashton (6) and Noah (3). While they look like two peas in a pod, they are very different in personalities. Ash is the sensitive, ‘curious’, notebook-in-hand type of child who never ceases to tell others how important they are. Whilst Noah is determined he is the ultimate Batman here to save humanity from the baddies and whose sole purpose is to do good. the washing of the Batman suit produces many tears.”

“Challenges at times have been completing the larger projects whilst juggling childcare. At times, the children have learnt to understand that I need to complete study and they have developed appreciation for the quality time we have [and] also a deeper understanding of ‘homework’. I have managed to organize my study time whereby weekends for the most part are family time. I am fortunate to have family support and the children get outings with other loved ones when I cannot.”

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