Course Info

Certificate II in Salon Assistant

National Course Code: SHB20216


The nationally recognised Certificate II in Salon Assistant prepares you for exciting work as a salon assistant. Practise hairdressing and barbering techniques on real clients, and with further study become a qualified hairdresser, barber or salon owner.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Prepare clients for salon services
  • Provide shampoo and basin services
  • Organise tools, equipment and work areas
  • Apply hair colour
  • Dry hair to shape
  • Conduct salon financial transactions


Develop the personal attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Effective communication
  • Professional integrity
  • Reliability and adaptability


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Strong pathways to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate II level

Career opportunities:

  • Salon assistant
  • Hairdresser
  • Barber


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate III in Hairdressing
  • Certificate III in Barbering
  • Diploma of Salon Management


This course is currently available at 22 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • A willingness to learn
  • An interest in working in a hair salon environment
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills
  • Effective communication
  • Professional integrity

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development.
In the Certificate II in Salon Assistant you will participate in a range of structured workshop activities that allow you to practice your skills before attempting assessments.

These include:

  • Practical skills assessments
  • Project assessments
  • Theory knowledge assessments

The Certificate II in Salon Assistant is a foundation qualification designed to prepare you for further training in hairdressing or barbering. During this course you will complete routine tasks under supervision and guidance from qualified hairdressers.

If you are interested in becoming a hairdresser or barber, the Certificate III in Hairdressing or the Certificate III in Barbering are the trade qualifications you need to work in the industry. You can undertake both of these courses through an apprenticeship.

These Certificate III in Hairdressing is also an entry requirement for the Certificate IV in Hairdressing.

The Certificate III in Barbering provides you with a pathway to work as a barber in an industry environment such as a barbershop or salon.

The Certificate IV in Hairdressing is your next level qualification and provides you with more in-depth knowledge and experience. You will learn to create unique styles for your clients and develop your product knowledge. The Certificate IV will also equip you will the skills to provide technical leadership within a team of hairdressers and manage a salon.

Depending on your campus location and local partnerships with TAFE NSW, you may have the opportunity to participate in excursions that take you behind the scenes in the hairdressing and salon industry.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Shampooing and drying hair, ready for styling
  • Applying hair colour
  • Braiding hair

In the simulated salon environment of a TAFE NSW hairdressing salon you will gain hands-on experience in cleaning, maintaining tools, greeting clients, shampooing and applying hair colour to our salon clients.

TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on-campus study environments - industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and employability.

In this qualification, you will complete most of your course work in the simulated salon environment of TAFE NSW hairdressing salon.

Hairdressing and beauty services are projected to stay in-demand and to continue to grow. The industry is forecast to employ around 78,380 people in 2019/20, generating $6.8 billion in revenue. And revenue will continue to increase by an average of 1.3% per year to 2024/25.

Increased discretionary income, population growth and the indefatigable desire to look and feel our best drives this growth. There has also been a marked increase in male grooming and barbershop services. The Certificate II in Salon Assistant was designed with industry to complement forecast growth in the hairdressing industry and the identified need for well-trained employees.

The Certificate II in Salon Assistant is a preparatory course that prepares you for further, more in-depth study. You will learn foundation technical skills and work on interpersonal skills such as client consultation, customer service and using discretion and judgement.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • On campus, Combination
  • Full Time, Part Time

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  • Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $1,050.00
  • Start Date: 21 Sep 2022
  • Duration: 9 weeks

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