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HITO is the hair and beauty industry training organisation.

We are the organisation appointed by the Government to develop and implement industry qualifications for the hair and beauty sectors. We manage the hair and beauty apprenticeship programmes for New Zealand, and we also offer several other qualifications in barbering, beauty, business, and hairdressing.

We set the standards for several qualifications within the hair and beauty industries. Our aim is to establish and maintain the achievement of high quality and relevant barbering, beauty and hairdressing qualifications as an essential investment for the industry and its clients.

We provide support to apprentices and employers throughout their qualifications. We also produce training resources and moderate current assessments to make sure they meet the highest standards and the needs of the hair and beauty industries. 

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