Certificate II in Salon Assistant

National Code: SHB20216
TAFE SA Code: TP00934


Begin your journey as a hairdresser with this course where you will learn about interacting with clients and providing hairdressing services, combined with developing skills to become an integral part of a highly creative team.

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Up to 6 months 

Part Time

Hairdresser Hairdresser

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Total Fees for the 6 month course
$183 - $216
$183 - $216

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee

This course also has an incidentals cost of $300.00 for Hairdressing Kit.

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Employment outcomes are to gain an apprenticeship in Hairdressing, continue studying the Certificate III in Hairdressing or work as a Salon assistant in the retail or beauty industry.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate II in Salon Assistant (SHB20216)
    Develop your skills and knowledge in salon assisting in greeting and preparing for clients, shampooing and basin services, head and shoulder massage techniques. Progress to practical skills in apply hair colour, braiding and drying hair to shape whilst working, communicating as part of a salon team and contributing to health and safety. Gain skills to efficiently receive and handle stock, producing visual merchandising displays and effectively selling retail to the customer. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 8 core units and 4 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2020 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Communicate as part of a salon team 30
    Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment 45
    Conduct salon financial transactions 25
    Contribute to health and safety of self and others 20
    Dry hair to shape 40
    Greet and prepare clients for salon services 10
    Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas 20
    Provide shampoo and basin services 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply hair colour products 30
    Braid hair 30
    Produce visual merchandise displays 35
    Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation 20
    Receive and handle retail stock 35
    Recommend products and services 20
    Research and use hairdressing industry information 15
    Rinse and neutralise chemically restructured hair 25
    Sell to the retail customer 20
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