Course Type:
Accredited Course; Apprenticeship
Study Mode:
On Campus, Workplace
3 Years
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments
Bairnsdale, Leongatha, Traralgon, Workplace

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Course Overview

Do you love to showcase your creativity? Do you enjoy being able to help people be the best version of themselves and provide them with self-confidence? Then this course is for you! 

In this course you will learn the skills and knowledge to gain work as a qualified hairdresser. You will learn cutting, colouring and finishing techniques for male and female clients, communicating in the workplace, consulting with clients, selling products and services & designing and applying a broad range of technical hairdressing services.

Taught on campus in 9am-4pm blocks over 2-4 days a week, you’ll have plenty of time to put your new skills into practice in the salon. And because we value your learning, you will develop your skills through the world-renowned training resources of Pivot Point Academy.

You’ll also have additional flexibility of our Pivot Point resources online, giving you the opportunity to access resources 24/7 either on campus, in the salon or at home.

Not only that, you can also choose to learn on the job and we will come to you! Our 100% workplace delivery model allows you to be mentored by senior staff within your salon whilst undertaking your hairdressing studies via our online platform.

You will be guided by our workplace teacher who will visit you within your workplace eight times throughout the year (twice per term) along with regular phone/Zoom calls to make sure you feel supported every step of the way.

At the end of the course, you’ll be able to gain hands-on experience as Qualified Hairdresser, a Senior Stylist, or a Session Hairstylist. The possibilities are endless – you could end up working with models and celebrities for film and television work!

You’ll also be able to take your career even further by studying a Certificate IV in Hairdressing (not offered at TAFE Gippsland), a Diploma of Salon Management (not offered at TAFE Gippsland), or a Graduate Certificate in Hairdressing Creative Leadership (not offered at TAFE Gippsland). These qualifications will enhance your employment opportunities and we’ll be here to help you make these decisions if the time comes.

So, if you have great communication skills and enjoy working with and meeting new people, then this is the course for you.

This apprentice pathway requires you to be employed as an apprentice hairdresser in an operational business.

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.


Campus Attendance Days
Bairnsdale: 7/2/22 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Leongatha: 7/2/22 Monday, Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Traralgon: 7/2/22 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Bairnsdale: 11/7/22 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Leongatha: 11/7/22 Monday, Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Traralgon:11/7/22 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Hairdressing (Apprenticeship).

Career Opportunities

  • Qualified Hairdresser
  • Senior Stylist
  • Session Hairstylist for Fashion and Film Industry

Opportunities for Further Study

  • SHB40216 Certificate IV in Hairdressing (Not on offer at TAFE Gippsland)
  • SHB50216 Diploma of Salon Management (Not on offer at TAFE Gippsland)
  • SHB80116 Graduate Certificate in Hairdressing Creative Leadership (Not on offer at TAFE Gippsland)

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Recommended entry requirements


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Not Applicable

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

Unit CodeUnit Description
BSBSUS201Participate In Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
SHBHBAS001Provide shampoo and basin services
SHBHCCS001Plan hair services for special events
SHBHCLS002Colour And Lighten Hair
SHBHCLS003Provide full and partial head highlighting treatments
SHBHCLS004Neutralise Unwanted Colours And Tones
SHBHCLS005Provide on scalp full head and retouch bleach treatments
SHBHCUT001Design Haircut Structures
SHBHCUT002Create one length or solid haircut structures
SHBHCUT003Create graduated haircut structures
SHBHCUT004Create layered haircut structures
SHBHCUT005Cut hair using over-comb techniques
SHBHCUT006Create combined haircut structures
SHBHCUT007Create combined traditional and classic men's haircut structures
SHBHDES002Braid hair
SHBHDES003Create finished hair designs
SHBHDES004Create classic long hair up-styles
SHBHIND001Maintain And Organise Tools, Equipment And Work Areas
SHBHIND003Develop And Expand A Client Base
SHBHREF001Curl and volumise hair with chemical treatments
SHBHREF002Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments
SHBHTRI001Identify And Treat Hair And Scalp Conditions
SHBXCCS001Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBXCCS002Provide salon services to clients
SHBXIND001Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXIND002Communicate as part of a salon team
SHBXWHS001Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
SIRRINV001Receive and handle retail stock
SIRRMER001Produce visual merchandise displays


Assessment is competency based. A range of assessment methods will be used, including written tests, assignments, online quizzes, role play and practical demonstrations in the training salon