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Certificate II in Salon Assistant


Certificate II in Salon Assistant SHB20216

Course Overview

Kickstart your journey into the Hair and Beauty industry with the Certificate II in Salon Assistant.

This course gives you the skills and knowledge to work as an assistant in a busy salon. You'll learn key techniques like basin work, colour application, and coordination of clients. You'll be guided by a senior salon operator and have the chance to practice your skills in the real world in our state-of-the-art GOTAFE salons.

This course can be delivered on campus, as a school-based apprentice, or as part of VETDSS studies. The course is delivered via blended learning, online, classroom-based and stimulated salon environment.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course will prepare you to work in the hair and beauty industry as a Salon Assistant in a Hairdressing team.

Armed with these essential salon skills, you'll have the opportunity to take your skills to any location and work across a range of different salon types.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in:

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Traineeship - From 11th January / 2021

VETDSS - Starts on 03/02/2021 - Wednesdays 1 day/week - 9am to 3.35pm/2021

On Campus - Starts on 12/07/2021 - Mon to Wed 3 days/week - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Traineeship - From 11th January / 2021

VETDSS - Starts on 03/02/2021 - Wednesdays 1 day/week - 9am to 3.35pm/2021

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an information session.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course.
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course.
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (trainees only).

Applicants must also have:

  • The ability to work autonomously
  • Strong communication skills
  • Physical skills appropriate to the job role
  • Basic to intermediate computer skills
Core Units
Contribute to health and safety of self and others
Provide shampoo and basin services
Dry hair to shape
Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas
Conduct salon financial transactions
Greet and prepare clients for salon services
Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
Communicate as part of a salon team
Elective Units
Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation
Apply hair colour products
Braid hair
Recommend products and services

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge quiz
  • Written knowledge questions
  • Practical portfolio
  • Practical demonstration
  • Practical salon observation

Students will be required to:

  • Wear closed in shoes at all times.
  • Purchase their own tools of the trade and books, a list will be provided.
  • Bring their own laptop or iPad and have access to the internet.
  • Aid in sourcing their own models for practical classes.

Sarah Chircop

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

On-campus: Students attend classes 3 days a week over a 6 month period.

School-Based Apprentices: Students attend campus once a month for a set period of days, over the course of 2 years.

VETDSS: Students complete this course over two years, attending campus one day per week throughout the duration of their studies. Classes run from 9am - 3:30pm on campus.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

Learn more about our learning support services


Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

Find how to reach out to our library in Shepparton

Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

Reach out to our Skills and Jobs Centres

Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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