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.
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
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A nationally recognised Certificate III qualification
The skills to cut, colour and style hair
The ability to diagnose hair and scalp conditions
The confidence to provide services and meet client expectations
Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
Be employed as an apprentice in the industry
Register with an Apprenticeship Network Provider who will support your application
There are no entry requirements for this course. You can enrol now.
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.
Our graduates go onto roles like: Hairdresser, Hairstylist, Hair colourist, Freelance session stylist, Creative/artistic director and Technical or sales advisor
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate III in Hairdressing does not have any pre-requisite courses.
The Certificate III in Hairdressing does not have any post-graduate courses.
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.
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.
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