Certificate IV in Hairdressing

This qualification reflects the role of highly skilled senior hairdressers who develop complex technical skills and knowledge working as part of or coordinating a salon team. It includes senior hairdressers who work as technical advisers with a hairdressing products company; or independently as a freelance session stylist. Functions at this level include the self-directed application of a broad range of knowledge and skills and the provision of technical leadership, training and support to colleagues. A hairdresser at this level may provide specialist services, including haircutting, hair design, hair colouring, complex colour correction, hair extensions, chemical reformation, trichology and makeup application.

 11 units must be completed:

  •        2 core units
  •        9 elective units comprised of 4 units from group A and the remaining form group B


Selection of electives will be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the characteristics of this qualification

Units of Competency

Unit Code

Unit Name

SIHHTLS401A Provide technical leadership within the hairdressing context
SIHHTLS402A Research and utilise hairdressing trends to advnace creative work
Group A – Hairdressing Technical Skills
SIHHCLS406A Solve complex colour problems
SIHHCLS407A Apply creative colouring and lightening techniques to enhance hair designs
SIHHHCS306A Combine structures for current haircut trends
SIHHHCS410A Design and perform creative haircuts
SIHHHDS304A Design and apply classic long hair upstyles
SIHHHDS305A Select and apply hair extensions
SIHHHDS406A Design and apply creative long hair designs
SIHHHDS407A Apply and maintain wigs and hairpieces
SIHHHDS408A Make wigs and hairpieces
SIHHHRS304A Perform protein straightening and relaxing techniques
SIHHHRS405A Apply chemical reformation techniques to enhance hair designs
Group B – General Elective Units
BSBMKG413A Promote products and services
SIBXFAS202A Design and apply make-up for photography
SIHHHSC403A Apply knowledge of hair and scalp problems to trichological consultations
SIHHHSC404A Perform trichological assessments
SIHHHSC405A Apply the principles of nutrition
SIHHHSC406A Develop and apply scalp treatment therapies
SIHHTLS403A Work as a session stylist
SIRXMGT001A Coordinate work teams
SIRXMGT003A Lead and manage people
SIRXQUA002A Lead a team to foster innovation
TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction
TAEDEL402A Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
TAEASS401A Plan assessment activites and processes
TAEASS402A Assess competence
The Certificate IV in Hairdressing is designed to build on the foundation skills acquired through the completion of the Certificate III in Hairdressing or equivalent.

Entry to this qualification is open to those who have vocational expertise in the hairdressing industry. And must posses 2 of the 3 points below.

  • Experience as an operator in a commercially run salon
  • Provision of cutting, styling and chemical services.
  • Establishment of a clientele base


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):  Skills gained via work or life experience are recognised and may reduce the duration and fees of the course.

Flexible attendance offered to suit your needs.

Fast track: 16 week full-time program

Part time: Duration based on your study mode selected.

Rolling intake: Don’t be made to wait to begin your course, commence study on a date that suits you!