International Course Info

Course code:


Course fee:

A$14,560 - A$15,150


1 Year


The Certificate III in Hairdressing will give you the essential skills and knowledge you need to become a hairdresser or hair stylist. You will learn how to cut, colour, chemically treat hair to create styles your clients will love.

At TAFE NSW you will train with industry professionals and practice your skills in workshops and a simulated salon environment. You will also learn about client communication and service delivery. This includes how to discuss the needs of your client and style their hair according to their requirements.

Graduate with practical experience, the ability to communicate with a range of different people and the most up to date industry knowledge. You will graduate with a highly respected TAFE NSW hairdressing qualification.


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

  • Use your creative skills on women's and men's hair
  • Use cutting methods and techniques
  • Apply colour techniques
  • Straighten, relax and chemically curl hair
  • Create special occasion and classic up-styles
  • Design haircut structures


Build your experience and get practical skills in: 

  • Shampoo and basin services
  • Providing full and partial head highlighting treatments
  • Designing and creating haircut structures
  • Maintaining and organising tools, equipment and work areas
  • Building and maintaining a client base
  • Doing financial transactions for the salon


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • Strong communication skills
  • The ability to confidently interact with diverse groups
  • Creativity
  • Customer service
  • Professional integrity
  • The ability to collaborate and work in a team


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Hairdresser
  • Hair Stylist
  • Hair Colourist
  • Freelance Session Stylist
  • Creative/Artistic Director
  • Technical or Sales Advisor


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:
English Language Requirements:
  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no individual band less than 5.5) or equivalent

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to work with others and with a range of different clients

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Bankstown Feb , Jul A$14,560
Meadowbank Feb , Jul A$14,560
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$14,560
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Bankstown Feb , Jul A$15,150
Meadowbank Feb , Jul A$15,150
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$15,150


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the resources, counselling and facilities to support you while you are studying.

We offer a range of support services including: 

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Studiosity - online access to a tutor
  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules:
  • Total of 28 units must be completed:
  • 21 core units & 7 electives consisting of:
  • All 3 units from Group A or all 3 units from Group B
  • 4 units from Group C
  • The selection of electives chosen for this stream is based on extensive industry consultation, job outcomes sought, local industry requirements and the complexity of skills appropriate to the level of this qualification.
  • Core Units:
  • BSBSUS201 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • SHBHBAS001 - Provide shampoo and basin services
  • SHBHCLS002 - Colour and lighten hair
  • SHBHCLS003 - Provide full and partial head highlighting treatments
  • SHBHCLS004 - Neutralise unwanted colours and tones
  • SHBHCLS005 - Provide on scalp full head and retouch bleach treatments
  • SHBHCUT001 - Design haircut structures
  • SHBHCUT002 - Create one length or solid haircut structures
  • SHBHCUT003 - Create graduated haircut structures
  • SHBHCUT004 - Create layered haircut structures
  • SHBHCUT005 - Cut hair using over-comb techniques
  • SHBHDES003 - Create finished hair designs
  • SHBHIND001 - Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas
  • SHBHIND003 - Develop and expand a client base
  • SHBHREF002 - Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments
  • SHBHTRI001 - Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions
  • SHBXCCS001 - Conduct salon financial transactions
  • SHBXCCS002 - Provide salon services to clients
  • SHBXIND001 - Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
  • SHBXIND002 - Communicate as part of a salon team
  • SHBXWHS001 - Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
  • SHBHCUT006 - Create combined haircut structures
  • SHBHCUT007 - Create combined traditional and classic men’s haircut structures
  • SHBHDES004 - Create classic long hair up-styles
  • SHBHCUT007 - Create combined traditional and classic men’s haircut structures
  • SHBHCUT011 - Design and maintain beards and moustaches
  • SHBHCUT012 - Shave heads and faces
  • SHBHBAS002 - Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation
  • SHBHCCS001 - Plan hair services for special events
  • SHBHCUT006 - Create combined haircut structures
  • SHBHDES002 - Braid hair
  • SHBHDES004 - Create classic long hair up-styles
  • SHBHDES005 - Select and apply hair extensions
  • SHBHIND002 - Research and use hairdressing industry information
  • SHBHIND004 - Participate in session styling teams
  • SHBHREF001 - Curl and volumise hair with chemical treatments
  • SHBHREF003 - Straighten and relax hair with protein treatments
  • SHBXCCS004 - Recommend products and services
  • SIRRINV001 - Receive and handle retail stock
  • SIRRMER001 - Produce visual merchandise displays


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Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.