Course Type:
Accredited Course; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
On Campus
2 years
Starting Date:
Bairnsdale: 14/02/2022 and 11/07/2022
Leongatha: 14/02/2022 and 11/07/2022
Traralgon (day class): 14/02/2022 and 11/07/2022 Traralgon (night class): 07/02/2022 and 11/07/2022
Bairnsdale, Leongatha, Traralgon
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Course Overview

Are you looking to break into the hairdressing industry but are not employed by a salon? Good news! This course allows you to enrol directly into a hairdressing course, without already being employed in the sector.  

In the Certificate III in Hairdressing (Non-Apprenticeship) you will learn the skills and knowledge to gain work as a qualified hairdresser, showcasing your creativity and helping your clients to be the best version of themselves.

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.

Taught on campus in 9am-4pm blocks, two days a week, you will have less time in the classroom and more time putting all your new skills into practice! This will help you gain confidence and increase your future employment opportunities.

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.

Some of those career opportunities might be working as a qualified hairdresser, a senior stylist, or even a senior hair stylist in the film and television industry!

You’ll also be eligible to take your career 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), and we’ll be here to work with you in making those decisions if the time comes.

So, if you’re looking to enter the hair and beauty industry and get the leg up you need to gain employment in a salon, then the Certificate III in Hairdressing (Non-Apprenticeship) is the perfect course to help you get to where you want to be.


Campus Attendance Days
Bairnsdale 14/02/2022 Monday, Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Leongatha 14/02/2022 Monday, Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Traralgon 14/02/2022 Monday, Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Bairnsdale 11/07/2022 Monday, Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Leongatha 11/07/2022 Monday, Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Traralgon 11/07/2022 Monday, Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Traralgon Night Class 11/07/2022 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Hairdressing (Non-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

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Applicants are required to have an appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy skills, which will be evaluated prior to course intake. Pre Training Review and Interview will be required prior to enrolment.

Recommended entry requirements

  • Students are recommended to complete SHB20216- Certificate II in Salon Assistant before commencing SHB30416- Certificate III in Hairdressing as a Non Apprentice unless completed a previous Certificate III level course or have previous industry experience.

Covid–19 Vaccination
All students required to attend on-site learning must be fully vaccinated in line with TAFE Gippsland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Exceptions apply for valid medical reasons and students studying secondary school subjects.


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Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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Pathway to Industry Licence

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Student Services

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Recognition of Prior Learning

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Course Structure

Course Modules

Unit CodeUnit Description
BSBSUS201 Participate In Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services
SHBHCCS001 Plan hair services for special events
SHBHCLS002 Colour And Lighten Hair
SHBHCLS003 Provide full and partial head highlighting treatments
SHBHCLS004 Neutralise Unwanted Colours And Tones
SHBHCLS005 Provide on scalp full head and retouch bleach treatments
SHBHCUT001 Design Haircut Structures
SHBHCUT002 Create one length or solid haircut structures
SHBHCUT003 Create graduated haircut structures
SHBHCUT004 Create layered haircut structures
SHBHCUT005 Cut hair using over-comb techniques
SHBHCUT006 Create combined haircut structures
SHBHCUT007 Create combined traditional and classic men's haircut structures
SHBHDES002 Braid hair
SHBHDES003 Create finished hair designs
SHBHDES004 Create classic long hair up-styles
SHBHIND001 Maintain And Organise Tools, Equipment And Work Areas
SHBHIND003 Develop And Expand A Client Base
SHBHREF001 Curl and volumise hair with chemical treatments
SHBHREF002 Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments
SHBHTRI001 Identify And Treat Hair And Scalp Conditions
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team
SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
SIRRINV001 Receive and handle retail stock
SIRRMER001 Produce 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