Certificate III in Hairdressing

National Code: SHB30416
TAFE SA Code: TP00949


Follow your passion for hair and beauty with the Certificate III in Hairdressing. This nationally recognised course is the essential qualification your need to be a hairdresser anywhere in Australia. Develop all the key skills you need to work in a professional salon including communication skills for consulting with clients and providing the full range of cutting, styling, colouring, perming, and straightening services. Choose from our wide range of electives to tailor your studies to your own interests and career ambitions. This practical, hands-on course is taught by industry professionals who know and love hairdressing. Gain the confidence to show your own creativity and express your artistic qualities in your work. Graduate ready to launch your hairdressing career and create looks that will turn heads.

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42 months 
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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must have a Contract of Training with an employer to undertake this course
Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 42 month course
$494 - $568
$3,456 - $3,978
$288 - $332
$2,016 - $2,321
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

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

    This qualification can lead you to other career opportunities such as •Session stylist, •Salon Manager •Salon Owner •the Film and Media Industry • A product Technician or Representative for a product company.

    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 III in Hairdressing (SHB30416)
    You will learn how to cut, colour, chemically reform and style your client's hair. You will also learn about client communication and service which includes discussing the needs of your client and styling according to their requirements. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 21 core units and 7 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
    Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices 40
    Colour and lighten hair 65
    Communicate as part of a salon team 30
    Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment 45
    Conduct salon financial transactions 25
    Create finished hair designs 50
    Create graduated haircut structures 35
    Create layered haircut structures 35
    Create one length or solid haircut structures 30
    Cut hair using over-comb techniques 30
    Design haircut structures 20
    Develop and expand a client base 35
    Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions 25
    Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas 20
    Neutralise unwanted colours and tones 55
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20
    Provide full and partial head highlighting treatments 45
    Provide on scalp full head and retouch bleach treatments 55
    Provide salon services to clients 40
    Provide shampoo and basin services 40
    Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments 45


    Name Nominal Hours
    Braid hair 30
    Create classic long hair up-styles 30
    Create combined haircut structures 45
    Create combined traditional and classic mens haircut structures 45
    Curl and volumise hair with chemical treatments 65
    Design and maintain beards and moustaches 20
    Participate in session styling teams 65
    Plan hair services for special events 20
    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
    Select and apply hair extensions 45
    Shave heads and faces 25
    Straighten and relax hair with protein treatments 45
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