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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Apprenticeship; Free TAFE
Study Mode:
On Campus (Night), On Campus (day)
6 Months
Starting Date:
Leongatha: 01/02/2021 and 12/07/2021
Traralgon Day: 01/02/2021 and 12/07/2021
Traralgon Night: 01/02/2021 and 12/07/2021
Bairnsdale: 01/02/2021, 03/02/2021, 12/07/2021 and 14/07/2021
Bairnsdale, Leongatha, Traralgon
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Course Overview

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.

Give your hairdressing career a head start!

When you complete your Certificate II in Salon Assistant it provides you with the basic knowledge and skills required to work in a hairdressing salon. You will gain genuine hands-on experience working with real clients in our simulated client salons.

You will learn how to interact with customers professionally and gain a broad overview of the hair and beauty industry with a strong focus on communicating in the workplace and providing assistance to senior colleagues.
Once you have completed this course it will give you an entry level into the Hairdressing Industry.

It will give you the skills and knowledge to be able to work as a salon assistant. Get a taste for your chosen industry as you learn the basic roles of hairdressing, including basic hair styling and providing high-quality customer service to your clients. You will be able to undertake more study pathways with confidence. First, learn the essentials of your chosen industry and then your Certificate III in Hairdressing will be waiting for you to start.


Intake Days/Times
Bairnsdale 01/02/2021 Monday, Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Leongatha 01/02/2021 Monday, Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Traralgon 01/02/2021 Monday, Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Traralgon (Night Class) 01/02/2021 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Bairnsdale 03/02/2021 Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am - 4:00
Bairnsdale 12/07/2021 Monday, Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Leongatha 12/07/2021 Monday, Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Traralgon 12/07/2021 Monday, Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Traralgon (Night Class) 12/07/2021 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Bairnsdale 14/07/2021 Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am - 4:00

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate II in Salon Assistant.

Career Opportunities

The combined skills and knowledge do not provide for a job outcome as a hairdresser and this qualification is intended to prepare individuals for further training.

Possible employment outcomes may include working as a Salon Assistant and providing the following services:
Assisting Senior hairdressers with apply hair colour product, performing basic blow waves, shampooing clients, setting up work spaces, carrying out reception duties and scheduling clients, communicating and interacting with staff and clients to ensure a positive and safe salon environment.

Opportunities for Further Study

TAFE Gippsland offers higher level qualifications from the SHB Training Package including Certificate III’s in both Hair and Beauty streams.

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Students must be 15 years of age


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



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Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Course Modules

Course units
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team
SHBXCCS003 Greet And Prepare Clients For Salon Services
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBHIND001 Maintain And Organise Tools, Equipment And Work Areas
SHBHDES002 Braid hair
SHBHDES001 Dry Hair To Shape
SHBHCLS001 Apply Hair Colour Products
SHBHBAS002 Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation
SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
SHBXCCS004 Recommend products and services


The learner will be assessed in both practical skills and theoretical knowledge and attributes in the classroom and during Industry placement.