Beauty Services qualification reviews 3443, 3444, 3445, 3457, 3458, 3459, and 3442 in collaboration with Toi Mai. August 2022

Toitū te Waiora has completed its initial public consultation for the review of seven Beauty Services qualifications. We welcome all feedback on the reviewed qualifications. Please email us at beautyquals@toitutewaiora.nz by close of business on Friday 26 August.

Consultation was undertaken with a range of interested parties between February and June 2022.

iStock 1223488759

Toitū te Waiora published its intention to review seven qualifications (one in collaboration with the Toi Mai Workforce Development Council) on 26 January 2022.  All Tertiary Education Organisations (‘TEO’) who currently assist learners in gaining the qualifications, and a range of other interested parties, were invited to complete a survey. We received 45 responses. Subsequently, 29 face-to-face online hui were undertaken with industry associations, industry distributors/suppliers, TEO, and workplaces. Industry-specific focus groups were then set up to reflect the specific needs of each industry.

Having completed its initial public consultation, Toitū te Waiora is making two specific recommendations to the industry:

  • The beauty services sector in Aotearoa is unregulated. Our strong recommendation is that the sector comes together and either develops or adopts industry standards to aid regulation. We note that various client safety issues raised with us during consultation are likely to re-occur if the sector chooses not to self-regulate.
  • We are keen to set up and run a beauty services advisory group to represent the sector – this will allow exchange of information and ideas on a regular basis (probably quarterly).

The reviews were primarily concerned with seven NZQF qualifications. We did though note areas for further consultation later in 2022, and into 2023:

  • Discussion around industry needs that are not being served by the current suite of qualifications.
  • Discussion around re-developing existing unit standards into new skill standards.
  • Discussion around developing new micro-credentials. 
  • Discussion around developing a national curriculum for beauty programmes of study.

 Proposed changes to the qualifications:

3442 – New Zealand Certificate in Make-up & Skincare (Introduction) (level 3) 

  • Proposed changes for this will be coming soon and can be found on the Toi Mai website, as Toi Mai is the lead WDC for this qualification.

3443 – New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology (level 4) 

  1. To view the original wording and the proposed changes, click here
  2. To view the proposed changes, click here
  3. To view the full draft amended Qualification Document and Guidance Notes click here.
  4. To view the current NZQF document, click here.  

Proposed key changes – What and Why?

  • Decreasing credit value from 120 to 70 credits

This qualification was not well used in the period between 2017 and 2020 (141 graduates in total), and industry feedback indicated that the qualification was over-credited at 120 credits.  1200 notational learning hours was felt to be both heavy on learners and unnecessary.  By distilling the 120 credits down to 70 credits, graduates can still achieve the “do, be and know” that industry requires.

  • Combining 9 GPOs into 3 GPOs.

Industry feedback indicated that rationalising GPOs from nine to three would better contextualise the theoretical aspects with the practical skills and provide the learner with a more holistic approach.

  • Change in entry requirements.

Based on feedback, the proposed change ensures that learners entering this level 4 qualification have the foundation knowledge to support the completion of programmes leading to this qualification.

  • Creation of a guidance document

This is intended to offer an insight into the content that should be included in any programmes leading to the qualification

3444 – New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (level 4)  

  1. To view the original wording and the proposed changes, click here
  2. To view the proposed changes, click here. 
  3. To view the full draft amended Qualification Document and Guidance Notes click here.
  4. To view the current NZQF document, click here.

Proposed key changes – What and Why?

  • Change of qualification name.

Industry feedback indicated that there was a requirement for a name change to ensure everyone was clear that these graduates are not fully qualified beauty therapists.

  • Decreasing credit value from 120 to 90 credits

The proposed change is based upon industry feedback to remove the massage component in the current version.  Additionally, distilling the GPOs and allowing a more holistic learning approach further supports the reduction.

  • Combining 10 GPOs into 4 GPOs.

Industry feedback indicated that rationalising GPOs from ten to four would better contextualise the theoretical aspects with the practical skills and provide a more holistic approach for the learner.

  • Change in entry requirements.

The proposed change is based on feedback that ensures learners entering this level 4 qualification have the foundation knowledge to support the completion of programmes leading to this qualification.

  • Creation of a guidance document

This is intended to offer an insight into the content that should be included in any programmes leading to the qualification. 

3445 – New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy (level 5) 

  1. To view the original wording and the proposed changes, click here.  
  2. To view the proposed changes, click here.
  3. To view the full draft amended Qualification Document and Guidance Notes click here.
  4. To view the current NZQF Document, click here.  

 Proposed key changes – What and Why?

  • Decreasing credit value from 120 to 90 credits

The proposed change is based upon industry feedback that the current qualification is over-credited. By distilling the GPOs and allowing for a more holistic learning approach, graduates can still achieve the “do, be and know” that industry requires.

The proposed change would change the qualification from a New Zealand Diploma (120 credits) to a New Zealand Certificate (90 credits).

  • Combining 10 GPOs into 4 GPOs.

Industry feedback indicated that rationalising GPOs from ten to four would better contextualise the theoretical aspects with the practical skills and provide a more holistic approach for the learner.

  • Creation of a guidance document

This is intended to offer an insight into the content that should be included in any programmes leading to the qualification. 

3457 – New Zealand Certificate in Spa Therapies (level 5) 

Due to the impacts of COVID-19 in the sector, this qualification has seen low usage since 2020. As such we intend to apply to NZQA to defer a review of this qualification to 2024.   

 3459 – New Zealand Certificate in Specialised Skincare Therapy (Level 6) 

This qualification has seen little usage since it was listed in November 2016. Two TEO have recently sought approval and accreditation from NZQA to award this qualification.  In discussion with those TEO, we have agreed it would be useful to allow intakes and then revisit and review the qualification in 2024. As with qualification 3457, above, we therefore intend to apply to NZQA to defer a review of this qualification to 2024.  

 3458 – New Zealand Certificate in Specialised Epilation Therapy (level 6) 

This qualification has seen nil usage since it was listed in November 2016, and we intend to set it to expire on 31 December 2022.