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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.

Students will 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 students will get the chance to apply their new skills to the work environment as they go. We will support them to balance study and work, and they will gain valuable on-the-job experience that will boost their CV and give them the confidence to go out into the workforce.

This course is available as part of the JobTrainer initiative for eligible students.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course will prepare participants to work in the hair and beauty industry as a fully qualified Hairdresser.

Armed with these essential salon skills, students will have the opportunity to take their skills to any location and work across a range of different salon types.

Further Study

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

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Apprentice - Open from 31st Jan / 2022

On Campus - Starts on 11th July - Mon,Tues,Thurs,Fri - 9.00am to 4pm / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Apprentice - Open from 31st Jan / 2022

On Campus - Starts on 11th July - Tues,Wed,Thurs - 9.00am to 4pm / 2022

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

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) – contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, 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.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options

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:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy and numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • 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

Technology requirements:

  • Access to a computer with a reliable internet connection
  • Webcam for Microsoft Teams meetings
  • Headset
  • A second monitor is a great benefit when studying virtually but not a requirement
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
Recommend products and services
Receive and handle retail stock

Assessment methods may include:

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

This course covers 28 units of competency, is very intensive and has a lot of theory and practical assessments.

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

Students will need to purchase their own tools of the trade. This is sectioned into five 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.

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Blended: 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.

Working in the hairdressing industry can be a very strenuous career. Majority of hours spent in the salons will be on foot and with your arms at shoulder height.

Hours will typically be worked during the week and weekends and will include late night opening hours on some days per week.

The use of chemicals and products can also be very overwhelming and strong.

This career requires intensive interactions with a diverse range of clients and the ability to address clients needs and concerns.

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.

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Jobs and study options

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

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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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