SHB30416 - Certificate III in Hairdressing

Are you a super stylist in hairdressing? Get recognised now.

Creating a great hairstyle in the Hairdressing field requires skills like performing shampoo and basin services, working with colour, highlighting, and trending beard and moustache styles. Your experience may qualify you for formal recognition based on what you already know.

If you would like to enter the field of Hairdressing, gain certification, or improve your employment options, show your skill in head, neck, and shoulder massage, face and head shaves, and honing and stropping straight razors to achieve this qualification.

Establish your look in Hairdressing today and watch the runway-style results.

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RPL Cost Traditional study cost Your savings
$3,300* $10,000 $6,700

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* RPL cost includes all assessment services and issue of your nationally recognised qualification.

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Yes. All of our qualifications are issued by RTOs which have been approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver nationally recognised qualifications that meet national quality assurance requirements. This means that they are recognised by industry and educational institutions in all Australian states and territories as conforming to the required competency standards.

Yes. Because all of our qualifications are issued by reputable RTOs and contain the nationally recognised training logo, they each verify that a candidate has met the Units of Competency required to work in their industry occupation. These qualifications do not indicate how you have obtained the qualification (i.e. through RPL), and are exactly the same as a qualification received from a training provider through any other means.

Get Qualified Australia allows you up 3 months to complete the RPL process, however the actual duration is dependent on the length of time it takes you to provide your evidence. While this is generally 4 weeks, the quicker you submit your evidence, the sooner the process will be completed.

Once all the required evidence has been submitted and your evidence has been assessed, the RTO will then review and issue your qualification within 2-4 weeks, provided that no further evidence is required. This makes it possible for you to achieve your qualification in as little as 1 month, and up to 3 months.

Requests for extensions beyond the allotted 3 month period will be considered on an individual case basis.

While our Customer Service Agents will determine the best evidence for your portfolio, evidence generally takes the form of:

  • Resume/CV
  • References
  • Performance Appraisals
  • Portfolio/work samples
  • Photographic and video evidence
  • Education, training and qualifications
  • Job Description
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Workplace communication
  • Bookkeeping and financial records

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The options are really endless. Most people use qualifications to enhance their careers, from achieving a promotion or pay rise, to climbing organisational ranks and getting new job opportunities. In fact, qualifications have shown to increase employability by 11%, and result in promotions 42% of the time.

Other people might use their qualification to improve visa or migration prospects, access postgraduate study, open up their own businesses, meet regulatory requirements, or obtain a licence in their industry or occupation.

Please note that while our qualifications may help you meet minimum licensing requirements, only your state’s relevant licensing authority may issue you your licence. For more information about trades licensing, click here.

28 units must be completed:

  • 21 core units
  • 7 electives consisting of
  • all 3 units from Group A or all 3 units from Group B
  • 4 units from Group C.

The selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the complexity of skills appropriate to the AQF level of this qualification.

Core Units


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Provide shampoo and basin services


Colour and lighten hair


Provide full and partial head highlighting treatments


Neutralise unwanted colours and tones


Provide on scalp full head and retouch bleach treatments


Design haircut structures


Create one length or solid haircut structures


Create graduated haircut structures


Create layered haircut structures


Cut hair using over-comb techniques


Create finished hair designs


Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas


Develop and expand a client base


Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments


Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions


Conduct salon financial transactions


Provide salon services to clients


Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment


Communicate as part of a salon team


Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices

Elective Units 

Group A General Hairdressing


Create combined haircut structures


Create combined traditional and classic men’s haircut structures


Create classic long hair up-styles

Group B Mens Hairdressing


Create combined traditional and classic men’s haircut structures


Design and maintain beards and moustaches


Shave heads and faces

Group C- General Electives 


Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation


Plan hair services for special events


Create combined haircut structures


Design and maintain beards and moustaches


Shave heads and faces


Braid hair


Create classic long hair up-styles


Select and apply hair extensions


Research and use hairdressing industry information


Participate in session styling teams


Curl and volumise hair with chemical treatments


Straighten and relax hair with protein treatments


Recommend products and services


Receive and handle retail stock


Produce visual merchandise displays

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

This qualification does not require any licensing

Visit Get Qualified Australia’s Trade Licensing page for more information surrounding licensing

  • International Training Salon - Provider Code 21961

Did you know that the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) perfectly aligns certificate and diploma level qualifications with higher education? This means that it’s now possible to receive exemptions and fast track university degrees using diploma and above level qualifications.

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