Certificate III in Hairdressing (Apprenticeship)

Course Code SHB30416
Locations Warrnambool

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Study Mode Apprenticeship
Length Full-time apprenticeship: three years
Part-time apprenticeship: six years
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable On-the-job training and training sessions on campus one day a week
Course Overview

An apprentice undertaking the Certificate III in Hairdressing will develop a range of sales, consultation and technical skills and knowledge to provide a broad range of hairdressing services to clients. These services include hair and scalp treatments, hair cutting, hair design, colouring and lightening, protein straightening and hair extensions.  Students are guided by our highly experienced teachers 1 day per week or block release in the Pure Academy.

What will I Learn?

This course allows students to perform a full range of client services including client consultation and advice, hair and scalp treatments, haircutting, hair design, hair colour and lightening, chemical reformation, hair extensions and protein straightening.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Certificate III in Hairdressing is the standard entry level qualification for the Hairdressing Industry. On completion of the apprenticeship graduates will have the opportunity to continue working in salons or may choose to open their own salon.


On completion of this course, graduates may choose to study in related industry fields through, Certificate III in Barbering, Certificate III in Beauty Services or Certificate III in Nail Technology to expand their skills and enhance their career opportunities.

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

This course is available via Direct Entry.
Direct Entry - apply directly to the Institute by speaking to the Course Coordinator. Details available from the Customer Service Centre.

Students enroling in this course must be employed as an apprentice within a hairdressing salon and must be 16 years of age or older and have completed year 10 or equivalent.

Students are required to obtain a police check prior to starting the course. The impact of any disclosures will be considered on a case by case basis.

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Entry Requirements

You need to be employed in this field as an apprentice or trainee before commencing this course.

If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs Centre for further advice. 

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20 $0.00
SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services 40 $0.00
SHBHCLS002 Colour and lighten hair 65 $45.00
SHBHCLS003 Provide full and partial head highlighting treatments 45 $45.00
SHBHCLS004 Neutralise unwanted colours and tones 55 $0.00
SHBHCLS005 Provide on scalp full head and retouch bleach treatments 55 $40.00
SHBHCUT001 Design haircut structures 20 $0.00
SHBHCUT002 Create one length or solid haircut structures 30 $40.00
SHBHCUT003 Create graduated haircut structures 35 $0.00
SHBHCUT004 Create layered haircut structures 35 $0.00
SHBHCUT005 Cut hair using over-comb techniques 30 $143.00
SHBHDES003 Create finished hair designs 50 $15.00
SHBHIND001 Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas 20 $0.00
SHBHIND003 Develop and expand a client base 35 $0.00
SHBHREF002 Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments 45 $30.00
SHBHTRI001 Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions 25 $18.00
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions 25 $0.00
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients 40 $0.00
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment 45 $0.00
SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team 30 $0.00
SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices 40 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
SHBHBAS002 Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation 20 $18.00
SHBHCUT006 Create combined haircut structures 45 $123.00
SHBHCUT007 Create combined traditional and classic men's haircut structures 45 $67.00
SHBHDES002 Braid hair 30 $0.00
SHBHDES004 Create classic long hair up-styles 30 $455.00
SHBHIND004 Participate in session styling teams 65 $0.00
SHBHREF001 Curl and volumise hair with chemical treatments 65 $23.00

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suit your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements.  Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :

  1. Tuition fees - charged as an hourly rate that varies from course to course. A large portion of the tuition is subsidised by the Victorian Government for eligible students.
  2. Resource and/or materials costs - covers the cost of materials and other incidentals. This fee will vary according to the course being undertaken.
  3. Booklist items - such as textbooks, equipment and stationery recommended for your course

Tuition fees

There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances). 

  1. Government Subsidised Fee - you could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate under the Skills First funding depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
    Find out more about subsidised training

  2. Government Subsidised Concession Fee - If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment, you may be eligible for the concession rate. Note, the concession rate is not applicable to Diploma level courses.
    Find out more about concession rates

  3. If the course is a Free TAFE course or part of the Free TAFE Pathways Program - Eligible students will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.
    Find out more about Free TAFE
    Find out more about Free TAFE Pathways Programs

  4. Full fee - If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.


The fees listed below are indicative only. The course fees published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Course fee funding is made available to eligible individuals by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect opportunities to access additional funding in the future. An accurate quote for this course will be provided during the enrolment process.

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $1,305.00
Concession rate $265.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $8,770.00
Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.

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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $2,519.40
How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank-you email.
  2. Literacy and Numeracy Assessment - we will assess whether you need to undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment and email it to you if required.
    If you are not required to undertake this assessment, you will skip to step 3.
  3. Chat to our team - your teacher or course specialist will contact you to discuss the course in more detail and ensure the right units of study are selected for you.
  4. Enrol – you will be sent an email to accept your offer for the course. By accepting, you will be directed to verify your details and submit your enrolment for processing.
  5. Pay - once we’ve completed your enrolment, we will send you an invoice to arrange payment of your course fees.

If you need any assistance with applying, contact our team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

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Our Careers Coaches at the Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.