Off - Job Training

Welcome to VARDA's Academy.  We trust you enjoy your learning experience with us.

Your HITO Sales and Liaison Manager will advise the Off-Job Training attendance dates.


Barbering & Hairdressing Apprentices

Off-Job Training is for Hairdressing and Barbering Apprentices signed into a HITO training agreement. HITO arranges for you to come to the VARDA academy to complete the assessments of unit standards in your qualification.

Questions? Contact your HITO Sales and Liaison Manager by clicking here.

Varda wishes you a very warm welcome to Hamilton and to our Academy.


There are a range of accommodation options in Hamilton. This information is included in your information and agreement book. 

Payment of Fees

You will be invoiced directly by HITO for all costs excluding extra re-sits and product.

What to bring with you

  • Varda information and agreement book
  • ORIGINAL birth certificate or passport or a copy that has been verified by a Justice of the Peace or at your local courthouse
  • Training Record Book – signed and up to date.
  • You should bring your own personal equipment with you e.g.  Scissors, razors, combs, brushes, blow dryer and straighteners, clippers and your own preferred products for assessment.
  • Manufacturer’s instructions for all product other than Keune
  • Bring lunch if you do not want to buy it.

We will supply Keune product, tools, equipment and consumables

Special Needs

If you have a special learning need you must discuss this with your HITO SLM.  They will make arrangements with us in order that we can meet this need for you. The use of a reader writer, one on one learning or any other suitable support can only be provided if we receive this request and all relevant information in a reasonable timeframe prior to your attendance with us.

The Varda team look forward to working with you.


Off-Job Training

Hairdressing - Block Courses

OJT Year 1
Block 1: 7th - 10th May 2018

OJT Year 2
Block 1: 3rd - 6th April 2018
Block 1 #2: 10th - 13th April 2018

OJT Year 3
Block 1: 12th - 15th March 2018
Block 1 #2: 19th - 22nd March 2018
Block 1 #3: 28th - 31st May 2018

Block 2: 
Mixed years off site - Tauranga: 
Monday 17th September 2018
Monday 15th October 2018
Monday 29th October 2018
Monday 5th November 2018

Mixed years off site - Tauranga #2:
Monday 18th June 2018
Monday 9th July 2018
Monday 6th August 2018

Mixed years off site - Rotorua:
Monday 25th June 2018
Monday 23rd July 2018
Monday 20th August 2018
Monday 3rd September 2018

Mixed years off site - Rotorua #2:
Tuesday 24th July 2018
Tuesday 21st August 2018
Tuesday 4th September 2018

Mixed years off site - Whangarei:
Monday 27th - Friday 31st August 2018 

Barbers - Block Courses

OJT Year 1
Block 1: 
28th - 31st May 2018
Block 2:
3rd - 5th September 2018

OJT Year 2
Block 1:
5th - 7th June 2018
Block 2: 17th - 18th September 2018

Blended Day: 19th September 2018

Hairdressing - Day Release

Year 1 

April: Wednesday 18th 2018
May: Wednesday 2nd, 23rd 2018
June: Wednesday 13th, 20th, 27th 2018
July: Wednesday 4th, 18th, 25th 2018
August: Wednesday 1st, 8th, 15th 2018
September: Wednesday 12th, 26th 2018
October: Wednesday 10th, 24th 2018

Year 2 

April: Tuesday 17th, 24th 2018
May: Tuesday 1st, 15th, 22nd 2018
June: Tuesday 12th, 19th, 26th 2018
July: Tuesday 3rd, 17th, 31st 2018
August: Tuesday 7th, 14th 2018
September: Tuesday 11th, 25th 2018
October: Tuesday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th 2018

Year 3 

February: Monday 5th, 19th 2018 
March: Monday 5th, 26th 2018
April: Monday 9th, 23rd 2018
May: Monday 21st 2018
June: Monday 11th 2018
July: Monday 2nd, 16th, 30th 2018
August: Monday 13th 2018
September: Monday 10th, 24th 2018
October: Monday 8th 2018





This is your Bible.  It is your responsibility to ensure that the evidence you are collecting is signed by your employer/trainer prior to attending off job training.  You must bring your Training Record Book to Off-Job Training every day you attend.  You must look after your Training Record Book.  It is important that your collection of evidence is up to date.  You may not sit an Assessment for a task that does not have the required amount of evidence signed off.

If you have achieved Unit Standards on a full time Training Programme you will need to ask that Training Provider to sign off in your Training Record Book prior to the first day of Off-Job Training.

This collection of evidence is a VITAL part of the Assessment process.

  • Collection of evidence confirms tasks are being completed regularly in salon to the required standard.  This means working on different clients within stated timeframes and following the Hairdressers Health Regulations, Manufacturer’s Instructions, and Health &s Safety Requirements.
  • Collection of evidence confirms that the apprentice is ready for Assessment.  Evidence with a valid signature should decrease the need for re-assessment.
  • Once a task can be performed without assistance, the employer/trainer may sign the Evidence section of the Training Record Book.  Every box must be signed prior to assessment.
  • The Training Record Book must be bought each day that Off-Job Training is attended.
  • Instructions to the candidate for each unit standard expected to be achieved in a year,at the back of the Induction book.   Take time to read these instructions as they provide valuable information to collect valid evidence and achieve Assessment.

All evidence for all Assessments must be signed off in your Training Record Book prior to attending Block 2.

View here full Off-Job Training information.


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