Makeup student applies green eyeshadow

New Zealand Certificate in Makeup & Skincare (Level 3)

Turn your passion for makeup into a career by gaining the NZQA approved New Zealand Certificate in Makeup and Skin Care (Level 3)!

This programme will teach you the essential skills needed to kickstart your career in the makeup industry.  From basic beauty concepts, to product knowledge and consultation skills, students can be assured all bases will be covered in this 20-week foundation course.

This Level 3 programme is designed to provide students with the skills needed to progress onto our Makeup Artistry (Level 4) programme.

To ensure our students are equipped and exposed to the latest and best quality products, we use MAC Cosmetics to provide student kits, seasonal demos and workshops.

Want to find out more about our Makeup and Skincare programme? Watch our student Q&A below or read our ‘How to Become a Makeup Artist‘ blog, featuring inspiration and tips from our academy makeup tutors!


  • Application of basic beauty concepts for commercial salon use
  • Knowledge of tools, equipment and safe operating procedures
  • Knowledge of face and skin type structure and functions
  • Customer service, communication and consultation
  • Sales and product knowledge
  • Skin conditions and indications for these
  • Makeup and design theory
  • Performing skin care services
  • Performing make up services (special occasion, current looks and techniques, foundation special effects and paint work)
  • Photoshoots, CV’s and portfolio creation.
Makeup student applies lipbalm to client's lips


Intake Start Finish
M21 21st March 2022 4th August 2022
M22 13th June 2022 27 October 2022


This course is 20 weeks. Hours are Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. Any additional work experience opportunities may be outside of these hours.


Fees $7,083*
(NZQA assessment fees, Registration & hook ons)
Equipment $ 1000 (Course related costs)
Total $8,083 (incl GST)

International student total fees: $13,500 ($12,500 fees + $1,000 kit)

*You may be eligible to train for free under the Fees free scheme. Click here to find out more.

MAC Cosmetics kit upgrades are available for students at discounted rates.

Three makeup students work at Charity Show in Sky City


Student fees will be held in trust in compliance with Section 236A of the Education Act 1989 as amended by the Education Act (No4) 199


A letter will be sent to the applicant immediately following the interview to notify acceptance. On acceptance you will be required to return a contract to Servilles Academy within 5 working days.


Book a talk and tour with our recruitment team. We encourage parents to accompany the prospective student to the talk and tour as the course is very comprehensive and family support is important.


If a student wishes to withdraw from a course after payment of any monies (in full or part) they are required to do so in writing to the Academy Manager no later than 8 calendar days after the course commencement.

If a student withdraws within 8 calendar days of the first day of the course they will be entitled to, upon return of all equipment, a full refund of all monies minus a $500 administration fee.