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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 reform and 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, including how to discuss the needs of your client and style their hair according to their requirements.

You will graduate with practical experience, current industry knowledge and a highly respected TAFE NSW hairdressing qualification.


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Through theory and practical course work, you will learn:

  • Basic and intermediate cutting techniques
  • Barber services and techniques
  • Colour skills and techniques
  • Hair design and long hair finishes
  • How to straighten, relax and chemically curl hair
  • Specialised events and teamwork
  • Salon business operations
  • Health safety and sustainability


TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical learning. You will strengthen your hairdressing skills, including:

  • Providing shampoo and basin services
  • Providing full and partial head highlighting treatments
  • Designing and creating haircut structures
  • Maintaining and organising tools, equipment and work areas
  • Developing and expanding a client base
  • Conducting salon financial transactions


Stand out in a global job market by developing a range of key soft skills that equip you with the confidence to work in the hair industry:

  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Creativity
  • Customer service
  • Professional integrity
  • The ability to collaborate and work in a team


The global hair care market is expected to reach AUD $295.5 billion by 2025. The hairdressing services industry has seen significant market growth and an increased demand for hair colour products and services due to a combination of:

  • Fashion industry trends
  • Rising image consciousness
  • An ageing global population base
  • Increased social media use
  • Technological innovation in product manufacturing

An increase in disposable income and changing grooming patterns, particularly among male consumers, is also contributing to worldwide growth in the industry.


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:
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.

The Certificate III in Hairdressing is a practical course in a simulated hair salon environment. To make the most of your learning you will be expected to practise your skills on members of the public.

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

  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Work well with others
  • Are comfortable working with a diverse range of 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$13,240
Meadowbank Jul A$13,240
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$13,240
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Bankstown Feb , Jul A$13,240
Meadowbank Feb , Jul A$13,240
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$13,240


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


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, simulated work places, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • 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


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
  • SHBHIND001Maintain 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


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


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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.