Course Overview

Spa therapists are in hot demand. Train with us and you’ll gain valuable work experience in our fully equipped salon. We offer hot stone therapy, Indian head, lymphatic drainage massage reflexology.

You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of the features and benefits of spa therapies (Aix massage) and the science of the industry (balneotherapy, thalassotherapy).

This course has close links with the local spa industry, allowing class field trips to experience spa services in action. You’ll also gain plenty of hands-on experience providing spa services at our professional campus salon.

Graduates can work as qualified spa therapists and demand for their services is so high that most are snapped up by local employers before the course finishes.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Spa Therapy (Level 5)
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Study options

29 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Part-time study available

Total credits 90
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees To be confirmed for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Spa therapist
  • Product company representative
  • Spa owner

Topics you'll cover

  • Spa Therapy Professional Practice
  • Spa Therapy
  • Body Therapy
  • Applied Beauty Therapy Practice 

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * To be confirmed for domestic students

*Please note, fees for our 2024 intakes are yet to be confirmed. Once they are, we will update our website to reflect the new 2024 fee amount.

* Important fee information, and hints and tips

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There are several ways to take advantage of free study at Toi Ohomai. Find out how on our Fees Free FAQ page.

Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.

Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

  • Completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) or equivalent and knowledge, experience and/or qualification(s).

Information Session

You’ll be invited to an information meeting. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

For Levels 5, 6 and 7 certificate or diploma, domestic students under 20 and all international students must have:

NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2 and a minimum of 42 credits at level 3; OR

Evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the programme.

English language requirements

An IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language (Level 4) (General) or (Workplace), or NZ Certificate in English Language Level 4 (General) or (Employment), or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in NZQF related Rules (Rule 18).

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Course Locations and Intake Information

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Study options

  • 29 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
  • Part-time study available

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Further Study Options

Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions

  • New Zealand Certificate in Specialised Epilation Therapy
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