Our hairdressing department is home to some of the country’s best industry educators and training facilities. As a Pivot Point accredited school, we’re using the latest educational resources at the forefront of industry change and development in order to bring you some of the country's leading hairdressing courses.

Each year we work with hundreds of apprentices and salons around Victoria. The Studio, our custom designed salon, provides a solid grounding and hands-on experience if you choose to study on-campus. You also have the opportunity to undertake work placement in professional salons and gain extra industry experience across:

  • Photographic shoots
  • Session styling
  • Fashion parades
  • On location for films and events
  • Industry excursions
  • Competitions

Alongside our professional qualifications we also run a range of short course programs, and host guest artists to share their expertise. We also have affiliations with top products such as Krylolan, Bodyography, Dermalogica, Guinot, Skinstitut, Kester Black, Matrix, Goldwell, Eleven and Excellent Edges.

Our hairdressing course is also run as an apprenticeship. For more information on becoming an apprentice click here. If you are an employer looking to take on an apprentice click here.

Career outcomes

Salary range

Hairdresser $35,292 - $54,454

Source: Criteria based on Australian occupations AUD. Updated 21 May 2018.
Note: salaries are a guide only, and are dependent on a range of factors including your experience, employer, and location.

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Profiles and Testimonials

“I really enjoyed my time at The Gordon. I had great teachers, the chance to meet people in the industry, hone my skills, expand my knowledge and build a portfolio. I personally loved all the competitions they run. They gave me the opportunity to experience a different side of hairdressing, and build my confidence in the process.

I definitely feel as though studying at The Gordon has pointed me in the right direction as to where I want to take my career. I absolutely love the fashion side of hairdressing whether it be runways, platform work, photographic or commercial. The Gordon has given me all the tools now I just have to put it into practice.”

Jordan Andrews
Certificate III in Hairdressing
Silver medallist at national WorldSkills

“I started a hairdressing apprenticeship when I finished year 12 but have now returned to complete my trade on-campus as a mature-age student. I really enjoy how much time we get on the floor working in the salon, there is a lot of encouragement to gain as much practical experience as possible by bringing in models and plenty of opportunity for experience with real clients who book in.
This course has given me invaluable skills, and the teachers are easily accessible, friendly and very knowledgeable. It's a fun, hands-on environment and this experience has given me the confidence and determination to know I can succeed in the industry. With the enthusiastic backing of my teachers, I know I can achieve my goal of owning my own successful salon in the future.”

Jolene Darrigan
Certificate III in Hairdressing


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Industry and Corporate Training

If you would like to book training for your organisation, please contact 5225 0800 to discuss your requirements.

The Gordon is proud to be affiliated with the Sustainable Salons initiative

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Hairdressing: Endota spa, Guinot, Dremalogica, Matrix, Eleven, AHC


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About The Gordon

The Gordon Institute of TAFE is one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria and has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for over 125 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a great range of TAFE courses from short courses to nationally accredited training across apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas, which can lead you to a great career or create pathways to university.

Our training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. | Authorised by the Victorian Government, Melbourne.

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