National code: SHB30416

Certificate III in Hairdressing

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Overview About this course

Launch your career as a qualified hairdresser or hairstylist and learn how to cut, colour and create styles your clients will love. Gain highly sought after skills to set you apart in the market and to build your clientele, then graduate ready to work in an established salon or open one of your own.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Unleash your creative skills on women's and men's hair

  • Use cutting methods and techniques

  • Apply colour techniques

  • Create special occasion and classic up-styles

  • Design haircut structures

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Graduate as a qualified hairdresser and hairstylist

  • Experience in cutting, colouring and styling hair

  • Ability to diagnose hair and scalp conditions

  • Skills to provide services and meeting client expectations

  • Provide advice on hair

  • A pathway for further study

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • Be employed as an apprentice in the industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer

  • Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Strong teamwork skills

  • Comfort working with a diverse range of clients

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Hairdresser, Hairstylist, Hair colourist, Freelance session stylist, Creative/artistic director and Technical or sales advisor

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Hairdressing does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Certificate III in Hairdressing does not have any post-graduate courses.

Related study 2 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Hairdressing qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 28 Units of competency, including 21 core and 7 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Neutralise unwanted colours and tones SHBHCLS004

  • Provide full and partial head highlighting treatments SHBHCLS003

  • Colour and lighten hair SHBHCLS002

  • Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions SHBHTRI001

  • ... 6

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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