An expert, independent industry voice

The New Zealand Board of Professional Skin Therapies is an impartial and independent organisation representing professionals in the beauty and aesthetic industry. We were formed to provide representation of our industry’s issues to Government, local authorities and affiliated organisations. 

As well as being an advocacy voice for our industry, our multi-skilled team of industry experts provides independent advice, support, mentoring and guidance when it is needed.

The Board offers affordable membership, with benefits to help your business grow and keep costs down. 

We are stronger together.

The NZ Board of Professional Skin Therapies also keeps you up to date with educational newsletters, ensuring you are abreast of current issues and industry standards, including important COVID-19 information, and supports you when you need a helping hand.

Read more about the Board at the link below. We welcome your donations / koha to support our mission and look forward to working with you.

Beauty Forum Magazine

We're excited and eager to read the Spring edition of New Zealand's industry publication, Beauty Forum.

This is an independent publication with industry news and updates, including contributions from us here at the NZ Board of Professional Skin Therapies. Beauty Forum is a modern glossy fully digital magazine. 

Click here to read the full issue for FREE!!

Beauty Forum magazine

Our current focus

Proposed changes to Diploma courses: Have your say...

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who responded to the petition or emailed objections to the plan to remove the NZQA L5 Diploma in Beauty Therapy.

We met  with Woitu te Wairoa (Health Workforce Development Council) today, and I’m pleased to say that due to your response, they are keeping the Beauty Therapy level 5 Diploma course.

It was your collective voice that made the difference. 

NZ’s education system is the only education system in the world that is devaluing education and students, while worldwide, countries are encouraging growth and development through higher learning.

While Australia offers degree courses and are now working on master's qualifications in the aesthetics sector, NZ is still teaching basic beauty therapy, with the view to reduce further.

NZ will see a smaller employment pool and more therapists going overseas to gain higher qualifications and advance their careers.

At present, our aesthetic abilities and qualifications limit therapists to working on cruise ships, salons, and distributor sales reps, etc. Few therapists are skilled enough to work alongside dermatologists, cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons, which is where we should be developing and driving our abilities, qualifications, and educational standards.

While some therapists are comfortable with providing services to a level 4 standard and thrive, NZQA have no right to prevent more studious, academic, and committed therapists from advancing their knowledge and skills through higher learning.

Therefore, we must not only retain and maintain our core beauty therapy Diploma level 5 at 120 credits but over time we need to redevelop it and extend the value of to reach higher academic standards and career opportunities.

ISICC Pandemic Infection Control Program

The ISICC Pandemic Infection Control Program is now available online! Gain an internationally recognised qualification with an evidence-based approach to clinical safety.

Many clients may be nervous returning to clinics. This training helps reassure you and your clients you are offering a safe clinic environment.

For you, this qualification demonstrates that you support a global standard of safety and are educated and proficient in understanding Covid-19 related hygiene and safety measures necessary to ensure your therapists, staff and clients are being treated in a safe environment. These standards complement our NZ specific Health and Hygiene Guidelines.

This qualification is FREE for NZBPST MEMBERS!

Non-members: $145 + GST - or Join Now


Government Education Reform (RoVE)

The Government’s Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) is rolling on. This will have significant implications on the quality and standards of training provided to new entrants to our industry.

The NZ Board of Professional Skin Therapies wrote submissions and petitioned our industry to be recognised within the Health, Education and Social Services sector and for us to be recognised as skin therapists as a distinct industry.

All main skin therapy courses will now come under the Health category.

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is establishing a new central collective for tertiary education called The Institute of Skills and Technology. All tertiary training courses have been divided into six Workforce Development Councils (WDC’s), who are charged with deciding what type of training structure would best suit ALL tertiary educational courses.

We are now at a crucial time of the reform initiative. This is where you, the business owner and therapist must speak up. Unless you do so, TEC will continue to listen to other industry organisations and the same educators that have created our present educational situation.

Without your voice, our credibility will further decline with increased client injuries and complaints [I have received several major complaints this year], destroy industry confidence, and individual reputations. Continual concerns raised by the public, has the potential for government to introduce regulations/legalisation and prohibit therapists performing skin penetrating treatments, resulting in loss of profits and possible business closures.

Recent News

  • The Health, Hygiene and Safety Standards For the NZ Aesthetic Industry
    The purpose of this document is to help inform therapists of their legal, physical, and ethical responsibility in providing services to their clients through recognised international and national standards. These hygiene protocols sit alongside our Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, our Constitution, Scope of Practice, the Complaints Process, our recognised International Safety and Infection Control Charter and our Pandemic Response Plan. Select the heading above to download your FREE copy.
    Posted: Monday 28 November 2022
  • IPL / Laser Code of Practice
    This IPL / Laser Code of Practice (COP) developed by NZ Laser Training Institute Ltd, recommends appropriate levels of expertise and training for IPL and Laser operators, provides safety guidelines for clinics operating Laser and IPL devices, and provides a summary of the current relevant rules and regulations in New Zealand. Select the heading above to download your FREE copy.
    Posted: Monday 28 November 2022
  • NZ Board of Professional Skin Therapies Newsletter October 2022
    In this newsletter we will be sharing the following,

    Laser Clinic breaches the Health and Disability Commission Act
    Toitu te Waiora (Health WDC) Advisory Group and Roadshow
    Enzyme exfoliants- Why they are so good
    Posted: Monday 31 October 2022
  • Newsletter September 2022
    • RoVE- Toitu te Waiora Changes to Industry Qualifications
    • Toitū te Waiora [ Workforce Development Council] Public Information Road Show
    • Beauty Forum e-Magazine September edition
    • Beauty Forum Magazine Members Benefit
    • Scope of Practice (a cautionary tale)
    • Changes to Sterilising Standards in NZ
    Posted: Saturday 24 September 2022
  • NZQA L5 Beauty Therapy Qualification to stay.
    Toitu te Wairoa (Health Workforce Development Council) are keeping the Beauty Therapy level 5 Diploma course as a result of our advocay
    Posted: Friday 9 September 2022