New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy - Level 5*

Launch your career with our brand new beauty therapy qualification!

This year-long, brand new qualification is designed for students who already have a Level 4 beauty qualification, or experience as a beauty therapist.

While completing this programme you can also choose to complete CIBTAC and CIDESCO certification – both of which are internationally recognised qualifications. This will provide further employment opportunities for you in New Zealand and around the world.

Course Content

During this programme you will learn to critically analyse your client’s needs and recommend and apply therapies. You’ll become an expert in a range of treatments and therapies including electrical therapy machines, full body massage, exfoliation, body wraps, advanced skin care, and nutrition. You’ll also learn the skills to manage a client base or small beauty therapy business.

This programme will be offered from February 2018 and is still currently being developed. As more course content becomes available over the next few weeks we will keep you updated.

Entry Requirements

You must:

  • Be at least 17 years old.

At Elite we believe your desire to achieve is far more important than previous performance. We therefore encourage you to apply whether or not you have school qualifications.

An interest in science, nutrition, biology or communications is an advantage but is not essential.

Qualifications Awarded

New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy - Level 5

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Career Opportunities

The training at Elite is a springboard to fantastic career opportunities in the beauty therapy industry. Career options include:

  • Managing and marketing salons
  • Running a salon from home
  • Working in an international spa
  • Product Account Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Corporate Beauty Advisor
  • Working on cruise ships
  • Teaching and writing beauty materials
  • Facilitating beauty seminars

2018 Intake Dates

  • February and July 2018 – dates to be confirmed


1 Year

In order to gain practical experience you may be required to attend evening and weekend client sessions. As a guide this may include flexible attendance at the campus once a fortnight.

Course Costs*

  • Tuition fees: TBC
  • Compulsory course costs: TBC

Student loans and allowances are available through Studylink.

Elite reserves the right to make changes to timetables and course structures to meet operational requirements. Please note that all courses are run subject to numbers and space availability.

*This course is still being developed and is subject to NZQA approval

Key Information For Students

Elite Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5)

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements
Detailed requirements


1 Year

Tuition Fees - Total Qualification

Student fees: $15,965
Government tuition subsidy: $6,008
Total: $21,974

Compulsory Student Services Fee

Student loan information: StudyLink

Student Success

Successful course completions: 74%

National Graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)

Median earnings : $31,438
Earnings range: $22,259 - $38,494
In employment: 66%
In further study: 16%

Note: all KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only.

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