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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Apprenticeship
Study Mode:
On Campus, Workplace
3 Years
Starting Date:

Bairnsdale: 01/02/2021 and 12/07/2021
Leongatha: 01/02/2021 and 12/07/2021
Traralgon: 01/02/2021 and 12/07/2021
Workplace: 01/02/2021

Bairnsdale, Leongatha, Traralgon

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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!

When you complete your Certificate III in Hairdressing you will learn the skills and knowledge to pursue work as a qualified hairdresser. Hairdressing qualifications can lead to many work opportunities from owning your own salon to working with models and celebrities for film and television work.

You will learn cutting, colouring and finishing techniques for male and female clients, communicating in the workplace, consulting with clients, selling products and services and designing and applying a broad range of technical hairdressing services on clients.

If you have great communication skills, enjoy working with and meeting new people then this is the course for you. Hairdressing allows you to show your creativity and express your artistic qualities in both the practical and theoretical components of this course.

At TAFE Gippsland you will develop your skills through the world renowned training resources of Pivot Point Academy. We now offer the additional flexibility of our Pivot Point resources online, giving students the opportunity to access resources 24/7 either on campus, in the salon or at a place of their choice.

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


Learn on the job and we will come to you!

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 8 times throughout the year (twice per term) along with regular phone/zoom calls to ensure you are progressing through your required learning and assessments.

*salons must meet TAFE guidelines and criteria to ensure a workplace training model is suitable.  *If a salon is unable to meet all required assessment conditions per unit of competency the apprentice must attend on campus at TAFE Gippsland to undertake learning and assessment for that unit.


Intake Date Attendance Days
Bairnsdale 01/02/2021 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm
Leongatha 01/02/2021 Monday, Tuesday 9:00am-4:00pm
Traralgon 01/02/2021 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm
Bairnsdale 12/07/2021 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm
Leongatha 12/07/2021 Monday, Tuesday 9:00am-4:00pm
Traralgon 12/07/2021 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm
Workplace 01/02/2021 NA Assessed in your workplace

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

Course Modules

Course Units
SHBHCCS001 Plan hair services for special events
SIRRMER001 Produce visual merchandise displays
SHBHDES002 Braid hair
SHBHBAS002 Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation
SIRRINV001 Receive and handle retail stock
SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBHTRI001 Identify And Treat Hair And Scalp Conditions
SHBHREF002 Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments
SHBHIND003 Develop And Expand A Client Base
SHBHIND002 Research and use hairdressing industry information
SHBHIND001 Maintain And Organise Tools, Equipment And Work Areas
SHBHDES004 Create classic long hair up-styles
SHBHDES003 Create finished hair designs
SHBHCUT007 Create combined traditional and classic men's haircut structures
SHBHCUT006 Create combined haircut structures
SHBHCUT005 Cut hair using over-comb techniques
SHBHCUT004 Create layered haircut structures
SHBHCUT003 Create graduated haircut structures
SHBHCUT002 Create one length or solid haircut structures
SHBHCUT001 Design Haircut Structures
SHBHCLS005 Provide on scalp full head and retouch bleach treatments
SHBHCLS004 Neutralise Unwanted Colours And Tones
SHBHCLS003 Provide full and partial head highlighting treatments
SHBHCLS002 Colour And Lighten Hair
SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


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