Certificate III in Hairdressing

CRICOS Code: 094561M
National Code: SHB30416


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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104 weeks
80 weeks
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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

Course Notes

  • International students will gain valuable practical experience working in the TAFE SA on-campus salon with fee paying clients during their studies.


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $6777
AUD $1210*
Semester 2
AUD $6778
Semester 3
AUD $6777
Semester 4
AUD $6778
Fee Totals
AUD $27110
AUD $1210*
Total Course Cost
AUD $28320

* International students will need to purchase a hairdressing kit containing essential equipment necessary for learning practical skills (approximate cost $A1210). Details will be provided upon commencement.

Note: TAFE SA course tuition and other fees/costs are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the current year, course, tuition and other fees/costs for these years will apply once published. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to alter, amend or delete any fee, course, admission requirement, mode of delivery, duration or other arrangement without prior notice. If the study duration is extended beyond the period of the student’s visa the student will be liable for visa and related costs, eg medical examinations, OSHC and living expenses.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

  • 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.

    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

    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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    Affordable living
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    Live centrally

    Accommodation is more affordable in Adelaide than in other cities in Australia making it often possible for students to live in the heart of the city or just outside. This means more time is spent studying and less time travelling.

    Live centrally


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    Beautiful weather

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