Certificate II in Salon Assistant

National Code: SHB20216
TAFE SA Code: TP00934


Embark on your career in hairdressing as you learn about salon services and protocols with this hands-on course. Develop your people skills in greeting clients in the salon. Learn the basics of shampooing and basin services, head and shoulder massage techniques, and build your knowledge of salon protocols. Gain a range of practical skills in braiding techniques, drying and styling hair. Learn about stock handling in the salon, visual merchandising, and client sales and advice. - Graduate from the course ready to join a creative and professional team as a salon assistant or as a pathway to a hairdressing or barbering apprentice.

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9 months 

Part Time


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Wednesday 19th June 2024, 6-7pm Adelaide Campus, Room B127

Wednesday 26th June 2024, 6-7pm Online

Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Entry Recommendations
This program is recommended as an entry level course for those wanting to work as a salon assistant or as a pathway to a hairdressing or barbering apprenticeship.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)

  • Part time study is 1 day a week
  • This course is a blend of classroom and online learning
  • Duration is 6-9 months P/T depending on the campus

Industry Conditions and Skills
We recommend that you are interested in working with people, have good communication skills and a reasonable level of fitness to stand for long periods.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
Hairdressing kit $400.00 (approximately).

Total Fees for the 9 month course
$192 - $210
$192 - $210
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee
$4,688 - $5,128

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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 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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