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Certificate III in Hairdressing


Certificate III in Hairdressing – SHB30416

Course Overview

Become a fully qualified hairdresser with the Certificate III in Hairdressing. Learn the theory and practical skills used in the salon every day, as well as the latest trends in cutting and colouring.

You'll also learn important skills in client communication that will make you a valuable asset to any hairdressing team.

This course can be delivered on campus in our state-of-the-art salon environment, or as an apprenticeship, meaning you'll get the chance to apply your new skills to the work environment as you go. We'll support you to balance study and work, and you'll gain valuable on-the-job experience that will boost your CV and give you the confidence to go out into the workforce.

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 fully qualified Hairdresser.

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

Starts Monday 3rd August, 3 days a week (6hrs/day) 18 months / 2020

Apprentice - Open from 08/03/2021 - F/time, P/time - 9am to 5pm/2021

On Campus - Starts on 02/02/2021 - Tues-Fri 4 days/week - 9am to 4pm/2021

On Campus - Starts on 13/07/2021 - Tues-Fri 4 days/week - 9am to 4pm/2021

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Starts Tuesday 25th August, 3 days a week (6hrs/day) 18 months / 2020

Apprentice - Open from 08/03/2021 - F/time, P/time - 9am to 5pm/2021

On Campus - Starts on 02/02/2021 - Tues-Fri 4 days/week - 9am to 4pm/2021

On Campus - Starts on 13/07/2021 - Tues-Fri 4 days/week - 9am to 4pm/2021

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Apprentice
4. Subsidised Apprentice (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.
  • Apprentices only: Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship contract before applying for this course (Apprentices only).

Applicants must also have:

  • The ability to work autonomously
  • Strong communication skills essential
  • Physical skills appropriate to the job role
  • Basic to intermediate computer skills
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
Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation
Create combined haircut structures
Create combined traditional and classic men's haircut structures
Braid hair
Create classic long hair up-styles
Curl and volumise hair with chemical treatments
Straighten and relax hair with protein treatments

Assessment methods may include:

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

Students will be required to wear closed in shoes at all times, and their GOTAFE uniform.

Students will need to purchase their own tools of the trade. This is sectioned into 5 lots of equipment. The GOTAFE Trainer will issue each student with the list of tools required for the appropriate units that they are undertaking.

Students will also need to provide their own laptop or tablet for all classes. The salon has clients that regularly make appointments for services. These clients aid students in doing assessment tasks. There are times when the students will be asked to bring in their own clients as well.

Sarah Chircop

On-campus: Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions. Students attend classes 4 days a week for 12 months. The course is delivered in various locations via blended learning, online, classroom-based and simulated salon environment.

Apprentices: Apprentices are signed into a 3-year contract and attend campus once a month for a set period of days, approximately 4-day blocks. Apprentices are encouraged to attend all scheduled appointments with your GOTAFE Trainer/Assessor.

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.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

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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