International Student Courses
We warmly welcome all our international students and we value the huge contribution you make to our students and the wider community. We look forward to seeing you at Premier Hairdressing and we make a commitment to help to make your study safe, successful and enjoyable.
Student Hand Book
Premier International Student Brochure
Enrolment Form (English)
Enrolment Form (Chinese)
Frequently Asked Questions
How big is the academy?
Our academies consist of two practical salons, lecture rooms, a kitchen, and lockers for the students.
Do you teach a combination of practical and theory.
Yes, we combine most of the practical and theory. This makes the course more exciting and stimulating.
How long are the courses.
49 weeks including holidays for the Elementary course and 26 weeks including holidays for the Advanced course. It incorporates both the theory and practical units of hairdressing along with English t tuition.
How many courses per year.
4 courses a year – February – April – June - September
Do you teach beginning hairdressers or only advanced trainees.
We have two types of courses – Elementary and Advanced. The Elementary course is for beginners and another course (Advanced) for those who have completed the first year course.
What is the cost of the courses.
The courses vary in price and are subject to change.
Are the academies aligned to your salons.
Our academies are aligned with top salons in a work experience programme. Our students are well sort after even though we don’t guarantee a position. About 95% of our students get employment at the end of the course.
When a student has completed the course what are they qualified as.
When a student finishes the elementary course they are considered an intermediate stylist or senior assistant.
I s the qualification a certificate or a diploma.
Our first year is a Premier Hairdressing Academy Certificate in Level 3. Our second year is a Premier Hairdressing Academy Certificate Level 3 Advanced. Once all units of hairdressing are completed successfully (Elementary and Advanced) you will need to complete Work Experience in a salon and pass the final 2 units to become a qualified hairdresser with a New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing Level 4.
Is there a national standard?
Yes, after completion of all units set down by New Zealand Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation.
How does it relate to the international market.
New Zealand qualified hairdressers are well sought after in different countries of the world. The industry is working hard to make the qualification international and we are already seeing this happen.
Who moderates the teaching to see that the standard of tuition is to standard.
The moderation of the teaching is undertaken by the Regional Manager and by Site Managers and Tutors. Assessment moderation is undertaken by the Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation.
How do you market the academy.
Television advertising, student referral, newspaper advertising, website, expos, agents, word of mouth.
Are your trainees fully qualified when they finish their training.
No. The last two units are through the Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation and done in conjunction with employment in a salon.
When I finish the training with you am I a commercial operator and can I keep up
with the appointment system of the salons. Yes you would be trained as a commercial operator in basic hairdressing skills. Continued working as a hairdresser means you well develop the skills to complete all the units.
Do the salons send their hairdressers for training.
Yes, we are involved with training the apprentices in a salon. This is done through the New Zealand Apprenticeship system. We also train casual hairdressing to help hairdressers gain their qualifications.
What is the final qualification …is it recognized throughout China.
The National Certificate in Hairdressing means that all students are competent in all aspects of hairdressing and as there is no formal training in China the students will be well sort after as competent qualified stylists.
Do you have an interest in western Hairdressing …i.e. the different textures of hair and what can be achieved on different hair.
Western hairdressing is different with the different texture of hair and hair colour. It is exciting to be able to work with all types of hair texture.
Are you aligned to an international academy or salon.
No not at this stage. We are working on this pathway. We are acknowledged throughout New Zealand as a top Hairdressing academy.
What is the length of time it takes to be qualified.
Would you be interested in an exchange programme ….i.e. Chinese hairdressers going to New Zealand and New Zealand Hairdressers coming to China.
Yes. This is something that we will be looking into as a pathway between New Zealand and China.
How many of your students can speak English.
You must show evidence of achieving an intermediate level of English which can be from either of the following tests: IELTS 5.0, TOEFL 270, PHC Placement test.
What age bracket are your students and do they come straight from school or do they have a qualification first.
An international student must be over the age of 18.
What is the ratio of Male to Female.
95% of students in New Zealand are female. We are seeing a change in this however as more males are attracted to the industry.
How important is the teaching of retail to your students.
Important so that the student can advise on how to maintain the hair.
If I do not have any experience in hairdressing can I apply to study in your academy.
Yes, provided you are 18 years of age, have 5.0 IELTS and meet Immigration New Zealand’s student visa requirements.
If I am a hairdresser in my country, do I need to show any certificates or vides to show my ability.
If you have hairdressing experience then you will require documentation of your experience. This will indicate to us whether you join Year 1 or Year 2 class. You will still need to be over the age 18 and have 5.0 IELTS and meet Immigration New Zealand’s student visa requirements.
Can I have the opportunity to work for hours in your Salon during my studies.
There are opportunities to work 20 hours a week in hairdressing salons or other places of employment provided you have the right type of student visa. The opportunity is for students who are studying a full year course. You need to contact Immigration New Zealand regarding work permit to work in New Zealand.