Elite International School of Beauty and Spa Therapies is an independent private training establishment dedicated to Beauty Therapy and Spa Therapy training. Elite is government funded (TEC) and registered (NZQA) and offers qualifications over levels 4 and 5 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework that are six months to 18 months in duration. Elite's origins date back to 1973 when a Dutch Beauty therapist named Joyce Blok opened the Beauty Therapy College of New Zealand, the first institution to offer professional beauty therapy training in New Zealand. She then went on to open the Joyce Blok institute. Both of these institutions form part of Elite International today.