Certificate III in Hairdressing

This qualification reflects the role of hairdressers who use a range of well-developed sales, consultation and technical skills and knowledge to provide a broad range of hairdressing services to clients. They use discretion and judgement to provide client services and take responsibility for the outcomes of their own work.


The SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing allows you to fast-track your hairdressing career and be working in the industry in just 12 months as a Fee For Service student or 3 years as an apprentice. With this course you will learn how to do shampooing, blow-drying, cutting, colouring, perming, highlighting, foiling, up-styling, and men’s cutting.


You will also undertake general salon related units like; client consultation, communication, financial transactions, safety and hygiene, product selling and stock control.

Units of Competency

CORE (21)
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services
SHBHCLS002 Colour and lighten hair
SHBHCLS003 Provide full and partial head highlighting treatments
SHBHCLS004 Neutralise unwanted colours and tones
SHBHCLS005 Provide on scalp full head and retouch bleach treatments
SHBHCUT001 Design haircut structures
SHBHCUT002 Create one length or solid haircut structures
SHBHCUT003 Create graduated haircut structures
SHBHCUT004 Create layered haircut structures
SHBHCUT005 Cut hair using over-comb techniques
SHBHDES003 Create finished hair designs
SHBHIND001 Maintain and organize tools, equipment and work areas
SHBHIND003 Develop and expand client base
SHBHREF002 Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments
SHBHTRI001 Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team
SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
SHBHCUT006 Create combined haircut structures
SHBHCUT007 Create combined traditional and classic men’s haircut structures
SHBHDES004 Create classic long hair up-styles
SHBHDES002 Braid hair
SHBXCCS004 Recommend products and services
SIRRINV001 Receive and handle retail stock
SIRRMER001 Produce visual merchandise displays

Suited To

Persons interested in gathering the skills equivalent to a qualification in hairdressing. They may include high school students wanting to remain at school while undertaking a VET qualification, school leavers, unemployed, people re-entering the workforce or “out of trade” apprentices wanting to complete the qualification they started.

Entry Requirements

Minimum successful completion of QLD school year 10 or equivalent.

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

Study Options

Fast track: 10-12 months full-time. Part-time 2-3 days a week.

Apprenticeship or study a partial amount of this qualification whilst at a School in a school based Apprenticeship.

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!