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SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing


Next intake Ongoing 2024
LocationsGeelong City Campus
ApprenticeshipFull-time: 3 yrs

Course description

Do you want to work as a hairdresser? If you're a people person with good communication skills and a creative streak, this could be a terrific job for you.

Why not start your journey to become a hairdresser apprentice with our six-month pre-apprenticeship program? The SHB20216 Certificate II in Salon Assistant.

This course gives you the qualification recognised by the hairdressing industry. Your training is complemented by hands-on experience at The Studio, our on-site clinic on our Geelong City Campus.

Work placement/industry experience

Work experience is not required in this course but recommended, with an option to undertake 80 hours of placement, organised by the student. *If undertaken, please note that you may be required to travel outside of your usual training location to attend work experience. This may include other regional areas or suburbs of Melbourne.

Possible career outcomes

  • Qualified hairdresser
  • Salon supervisor
  • Session stylist
  • Sales representative for hairdressing company

Applications & attendance

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

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2024 Ongoing
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 15 Dec 2024 
Class DayStart: 29 Jan 2024
Timetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: 3 yrs    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

    • Applicants must be aged 16 or over at the time of course commencement
    • Any student under the age of 17 must provide a Transition from School form prior to undertaking this course.
    • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2 
    • Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer    
    • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

    Apprenticeship and traineeship requirements

    Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

    Pre-training review

    Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

    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

    Core Units Code Hours
    Apply safe hygiene health and work practices SHBXWHS001 40
    Colour and lighten hair SHBHCLS002 65
    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
    Create finished hair designs SHBHDES003 50
    Create graduated haircut structures SHBHCUT003 35
    Create layered haircut structures SHBHCUT004 35
    Create one length or solid haircut structures SHBHCUT002 30
    Cut hair using over-comb techniques SHBHCUT005 30
    Design haircut structures SHBHCUT001 20
    Develop and expand a client base SHBHIND003 35
    Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions SHBHTRI001 25
    Maintain and organise tools equipment and work areas SHBHIND001 20
    Neutralise unwanted colours and tones SHBHCLS004 55
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices BSBSUS201 20
    Provide full and partial head highlighting treatments SHBHCLS003 45
    Provide on scalp full head and retouch bleach treatments SHBHCLS005 55
    Provide salon services to clients SHBXCCS002 40
    Provide shampoo and basin services SHBHBAS001 40
    Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments SHBHREF002 45
    Elective Units Code Hours
    Braid hair SHBHDES002 30
    Create classic long hair up-styles SHBHDES004 30
    Create combined haircut structures SHBHCUT006 45
    Create combined traditional and classic men's haircut structures SHBHCUT007 45
    Curl and volumise hair with chemical treatments SHBHREF001 65
    Participate in session styling teams SHBHIND004 65
    Research and use hairdressing industry information SHBHIND002 15


    Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

    Assessment is based on:

    • Hands-on work
    • Workplace tasks              
    • Written assignments
    • Tests                    
    • Team projects  
    • Photoshoot

    This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

    Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

    FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
    Concession Tuition AUD $0.72 per hour 1080 AUD $778.00 AUD $14,040.00
    Standard Tuition AUD $3.60 per hour 1080 AUD $3,888.00 AUD $14,040.00
    Full Fee Tuition AUD $16.41 per hour 1080 AUD $17,723.00

    Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

    Materials AUD $1,145.00 Once
    Resources AUD $660.00 Once
    Education Levy AUD $162.00
    Additional Costs AUD $1,200.00 Once


    All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

    Which fee will I pay?

    Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

    Fee help and student loans

    VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
    The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

    Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

    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: 5/04/2024 2:00:05 PM