SHB40216 - Certificate IV in Hairdressing

An expert in hairdressing? Get recognised.

Your experience working with chemical reformation techniques, complex colour, styling and hair design may have already given you the skills you need to achieve your Certificate IV in Hairdressing via RPL. This is ideal for Senior Hairdressers looking to gain certification and improve their job opportunities.

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$3,500* $11,000 $7,500

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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.

11 units must be completed:

  • 2 core units
  • 9 elective units, consisting of:
  • 4 units from Group A
  • 3 units from Group A or Group B
  • 2 additional units from Group B, elsewhere in the SHB Training Package, or any other current Training Package or accredited course.

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


Provide technical leadership to hairdressing teams


Research and use hairdressing trends to advance creative work

Elective Units 

Group A Hairdressing Technical 


Solve complex colour problems


Enhance hair designs using creative colouring and lightening techniques


Create combined haircut structures


Design and perform creative haircuts


Create classic long hair up-styles


Select and apply hair extensions


Design and style long hair creatively


Apply and maintain wigs and hairpieces


Make wigs and hairpieces


Curl and volumise hair with chemical treatments


Straighten and relax hair with protein treatments


Enhance hair designs using chemical reformation techniques

Group B General Electives 


Promote innovation in a team environment


Promote products and services


Lead and manage team effectiveness


Design and apply make-up for photography


Work as a session stylist


Conduct trichological assessments


Develop and apply scalp treatment therapies


Plan assessment activities and processes


Assess competence


Provide work skill instruction


Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who have:

1. achieved a Certificate III in Hairdressing (or equivalent); and 

2. at least one year post-qualification full time employment experience as a hairdresser in a salon environment where they have applied the skills and knowledge covered in the above (or equivalent) qualification.

This qualification does not require any licensing.

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

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  • Paraskevi International Training & Recruitment - Provider Code 31811

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