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SHB20216 VETDSS - Certificate II in Salon Assistant

Course description

*At the completion of this VETDSS course students will gain a partial qualification only.

Are you currently attending secondary school and are passionate about working in the hair or beauty industries? Hair and beauty salon assistants perform routine tasks in hairdressing or beauty salons. 

This course will teach you the skills you need to work in a busy hair salon or day spa. You will learn to communicate and prepare clients for services, shampooing and basin service techniques, basic hair styling, and product knowledge. When you complete the course, you may gain credit towards your VCE.

This course is an excellent way to start your career and prepare you for an Hairdressing Apprenticeship or Beauty Therapy Traineeship.

You can then go on to become a Hairdressing Apprentice and complete the SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing qualification or a Beauty Therapist Trainee and complete the SHB40115 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy qualification if you wish.

Work placement/industry experience

Work placement is mandatory for assessments within this program and may occur during the term holidays.

The sourcing of placement will be the joint responsibility of the secondary school, the student and the Local Learning and Employment Network.

Possible career outcomes

  • Salon assistant
  • Apprentice Hairdresser/Barber

How to apply

You must first speak to your school about VETDSS before proceeding with the below application.

  1. View the application requirements to find out what documents you will need to complete your application or watch our how to apply video.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

Applications & attendance

2023 VET Full Year
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayDelivered Geelong City Campus
Part-time: 12 months  Apply  
2023 VET Full Year
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayIntake Only for Gordon VCE Student
Part-time: 12 months  Apply  


Unfortunately we cannot always guarantee you will secure a place in your selected course. We recommend you apply early.

  • Aged 15 years and over
  • Must be attending Secondary School

The Gordon is committed to ensuring all students have access to the educational and support services they may need while studying. We do this by carrying out a pretraining review that is integrated with the application and enrolment process. For most courses, this review also includes a short literacy and numeracy assessment relevant to the course. The outcomes of the pretraining review assist our teachers and trainers to better understand each student’s capabilities prior to training and enable all students to be matched to the right program for them.

Applicants are expected to have an appropriate literacy and numeracy level equivalent to the successful completion of year 9.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

  • Secondary school referral
  • Via the VETDSS department

Core Units Code Hours
Communicate as part of a salon team SHBXIND002 30
Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment SHBXIND001 45
Conduct salon financial transactions SHBXCCS001 25
Contribute to health and safety of self and others BSBWHS201 20
Dry hair to shape SHBHDES001 40
Greet and prepare clients for salon services SHBXCCS003 10
Maintain and organise tools equipment and work areas SHBHIND001 20
Provide shampoo and basin services SHBHBAS001 40
Elective Units Code Hours
Braid hair SHBHDES002 30
Produce visual merchandise displays SIRRMER001 35
Recommend products and services SHBXCCS004 20
Research and use hairdressing industry information SHBHIND002 15

Please note that the electives listed are those delivered by the Gordon but you may not be required to complete all of these to successfully complete this qualification. In order to clarify what is required to complete this qualification, please check

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on work
  • Workplace tasks              
  • Written assignments     
  • Industry placement       
  • Team projects  
  • Exam 

  • SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing
  • CUA41215 Certificate IV in Screen and Media “Specialist Make-up Services”
  • CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media “Specialist Make-up Services”
  • SHB40115 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy
  • SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 10/01/2023 4:02:48 PM