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Certificate IV in Hairdressing

National Course Code: SHB40216


The nationally accredited Certificate IV in Hairdressing is designed to help you take your training as a professional hairdresser to managerial level. Use your talent to focus on learning advanced technical skills, training a team and becoming an in-demand senior stylist.


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Solve complex colour problems
  • Provide technical leadership to hairdressing teams
  • Design and perform creative haircuts
  • Promote products and services
  • Specialise in areas such as wigs or hair extensions
  • Design creative hair masterpieces


Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • A collaborative team spirit
  • Charismatic nature
  • A creative mind
  • Good problem solving skills


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level
  • Strong pathways to continued studies to enhance your career opportunities
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own sole trader business

Career opportunities:

  • Freelancing stylist
  • Hair salon supervisor
  • Senior stylist
  • Session stylist


Complement your specialised technical skills with this business focused qualification:

  • Diploma of Salon Management


The Australian Hairdressing and Beauty Services industry is forecast to boom in the next five years, with hair and beauty salon managers identified as one of the top five occupations in high demand. The Certificate IV in Hairdressing ensures you have a highly sought after technical and leadership skills, which put you ahead of the pack in a fiercely competitive industry.


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Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • A people focused nature
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A collaborative team spirit
  • 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 this course you will undertake:

  • Written assessments including theory knowledge assessments
  • Practical assessments including practical skills assessments and portfolios

The Certificate III in Hairdressing is a trade qualification, which you will need in order to work in the industry. It is where you will learn all your foundational skills, and will set you up for success for further study.

This course, the Certificate IV in hairdressing requires that you have completed the Certificate III in hairdressing and at least one year full-time employment experience as a qualified hairdresser. This certificate reflects the role of senior hairdressers and it is where you will focus on specialised areas including advanced cutting, colouring, corrections, extensions and more.

The Diploma of Salon Management doesnt cover the underpinning experience gained in the Certificate III or IV of Hairdressing. It reflects the role of senior managers and small business owners, who are responsible for coordinating the day-to-day operation of businesses. You do not need a qualification in hairdressing to complete the Diploma, as it is focused on salon management rather than technical salon skills.

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 industry.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Complex haircuts and colours
  • Colour correction
  • Trichology and chemical reformation
  • Providing technical leadership, training and support

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical, hands-on learning. In this course, you will work on real world projects, such as:

  • Liaising with clients
  • Liaising with industry professionals
  • Leading a hairdressing team
  • Specialisations such as wigs or extensions

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

Students undertaking work in this area are qualified stylists who have at least one year experience in the field, and are looking to advance their hairdressing skills, and learn about specialisations. You will be looking to become a senior stylist and to advance your leadership skills. This qualification has been designed with industry to complement the significant forecast growth in the hair industry.

The Certificate IV in Hairdressing provides advanced technical skill training and knowledge to work as a senior hairdresser in a fast paced salon environment, a freelancer or a highly regarded advisor in global product companies.

The gap between skills required and skills held is prevalent in the Hairdressing and Beauty industry. Hair and beauty salon managers were identified as one of the top five occupations in demand within the industry in 2018. This course ensures you formalise your education, and provides opportunity to secure senior hairdressing and stylist roles across a broad range of working environments.

  • Nationally Recognised Training

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