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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Apprenticeship; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
On Campus (Night), On Campus (day)
6 Months
Starting Date:
Bairnsdale:13/2/2023, 15/2/2023, 24/4/2023, 26/4/2023, 10/7/2023 and 12/7/2023
Leongatha:13/2/2023, 24/4/2023 and 10/7/2023
Traralgon:13/2/2023, 24/4/2023 and 10/7/2023
Traralgon (Night Class):13/2/2023, 24/4/2023 and 10/7/2023
Port of Sale: 2023
Bairnsdale, Leongatha, Port of Sale, Traralgon
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Course Overview

Do you love using your creative skills to work magic on people’s hair, making them feel good in the process? Then give your hairdressing career a kickstart with the Certificate II in Salon Assistant!

You’ll learn the basic knowledge and skills needed to work in a hairdressing salon including hair styling, the basic roles of hairdressing and high-quality customer care, all by gaining genuine hands-on experience working with real clients in our simulated training salons.

You will also 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.

Taught in two day 9am-4pm blocks, you’ll be able to spend less time in the classroom and more time putting your skills into practice. You’ll gain confidence and experience in a salon, while increasing your career opportunities for the future.

When you complete your studies, you’ll have the skills you need to work as a Salon Assistant and provide the following services: assisting Senior hairdressers with applying hair colour product, performing basic blow waves, shampooing, setting up work spaces, carrying out reception duties and scheduling, communicating and interacting with staff and clients to ensure a positive and safe salon environment.

You might also be able to earn money and gain experience while you decide where to take your career next. This could mean studying a Certificate III in Hairdressing, a Certificate III in Beauty Services or a Certificate III in Makeup – there really is no limit to where the course can take you.

So, if you’re ready to get started in the hair and beauty industry, come and study with us and be taught by some of the best professionals in the industry.

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.


Intake/Date Times
Traralgon (Night Class): 13/2/2023 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 5.00pm–9.00pm
Bairnsdale: 13/2/2023 Monday, Tuesday 9.00am–4.00pm
Leongatha: 13/2/2023 Monday, Tuesday 9.00am–4.00pm
Traralgon: 13/2/2023 Monday, Tuesday 9.00am–4.00pm
Bairnsdale: 15/2/2023 Wednesday, Thursday 9.00am–4.00pm
Traralgon (Night Class): 24/4/2023 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 5.00pm–9.00pm
Bairnsdale: 24/4/2023 Monday, Tuesday 9.00am–4.00pm
Leongatha: 24/4/2023 Monday, Tuesday 9.00am–4.00pm
Traralgon: 24/4/2023 Monday, Tuesday 9.00am–4.00pm
Bairnsdale: 26/4/2023 Wednesday, Thursday 9.00am–4.00pm
Traralgon (Night Class): 10/7/2023 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 5.00pm–9.00pm
Bairnsdale: 10/7/2023 Monday, Tuesday 9.00am–4.00pm
Leongatha: 10/7/2023 Monday, Tuesday 9.00am–4.00pm
Traralgon: 10/7/2023 Monday, Tuesday 9.00am–4.00pm
Bairnsdale: 12/7/2023 Wednesday, Thursday 9.00am–4.00pm

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 17 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

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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

Sample course units

SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SIRXSLS001 Sell to the retail customer
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


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