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What programmes do you offer at the academy?

We offer NZQA recognised qualifications in hairdressing, barbering and makeup. These include:

How long are your courses?

All of our programmes are 34 weeks, Tuesday – Friday, except our Level 3 Makeup and Skincare programme which is 20 weeks.

Can I study Fees Free?

Yes! Our programmes qualify for Fees Free funding, but you’ll need to check if you are eligible. You may be eligible to study Fees Free if you are:

  • a New Zealander or ordinarily resident in New Zealand; and
  • a recent secondary school leaver; or
  • not a recent secondary school leaver but have undertaken less than half a year of tertiary study or training.

To find out more, head to or give our recruitment team a call on 0800 SERVILLES (or 09 308 0690)

Do I need to get a student loan?

Unless you’re eligible for Fees Free or are able to pay your course/tuition fees upfront, you’ll need to apply for a Student Loan via Studylink. You may also need to apply for Course Related Costs, in order to purchase your student kit. Read our handy step-by-step guide on how to apply for all of these on our blog.

What equipment do I need?

You’ll need to purchase a kit when you begin studying with us, which you can get with the assistance of course-related costs. Our hairdressing, barbering and makeup kits come with everything you need to complete your qualification, plus you’ll be able to top-up your equipment at a discounted price! Our makeup kits include products and tools from MAC Cosmetics. Read our handy step-by-step guide on how to apply for course-related costs on our blog.

Do I need any qualifications to study at the academy?

No NCEA qualifications? No worries! You don’t need any NCEA qualifications to train at the academy.

How do I apply to the academy?

It’s easy as! To apply, click ‘Apply Now’ below or head to . You’ll need to complete and submit the application form. Once this is received by our recruitment team, we’ll be in touch!

Can I take a look at the academy before enrolling?

Yes, you can! You can have a tour of the academy, where you’ll be able to talk with our recruitment team about the programmes you’re interested in and any questions you might have. To book a free tour of the academy, click the ‘Book A Tour’ button below, or call the team on 0800 SERVILLES (09 308 0690).

What’s the difference between Level 3 and Level 4 makeup courses?

Our 20-week Makeup and Skincare programme focusses on foundation beauty concepts, skincare, product knowledge and consultation skills.

Our Makeup Artistry course is designed to follow the level 3 programme. This 34-week course covers beautician services (such as nail, skin, haircare, tanning, lashes and brow grooming), consultation services, makeup for film, performance and fashion (i.e. fashion photographic and catwalk, including backstage protocols and SFX techniques) and freelancing business skills.

Who will be taught by?

Our tutoring team is made up of experienced and qualified industry professionals, who come from all over the globe. To learn more about our tutors, take a read of our Our People blog series, over on our blog.

What jobs can I get after graduating?

The beauty of the hairdressing, barbering and makeup industries is that there are a multitude of pathways you can take following completion of your programme. You may want to embark on further study (i.e. a Level 4 qualification or another course provided by the academy) or head into paid employment.  Servilles Academy has produced graduates who have entered into all aspects of the industry, such as salon work, business management, business ownership, sales, education and training roles, freelancing positions and corporate roles.