SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing – Apprenticeship

This qualification reflects the role of hairdressers who use a range of well-developed sales, consultation and technical skills and knowledge to provide a broad range of hairdressing services to clients. They use discretion and judgement to provide client services and take responsibility for the outcomes of their own work.


This qualification provides a pathway to work as a hairdresser in any industry environment, usually a salon.

The RTO delivers off the job Structured Training at their own facility- the student attends ITS Academy as a day release from regular work duties in order to participate in the training.


The program has a Volume of Learning of 1078 hours.


This course will be delivered over 2 years (49 weeks per year 98 weeks in total- excluding public holidays etc).


Classes are held 1 day per week, (8 hours per day). This equates to 8 student contact hours per week with a total of 784 student contact hours for classroom and practical learning and assessment.


Students will also be required to allocate some time each week to undertake some study (e.g. self-directed learning through activity books, case studies, practicing skills in the workplace etc). Students should be able to allocate approximately 3 hours per week outside of allocated class time. This equates to approximately 294 hours of self-study.


This Qualification is an AQF Certificate III Qualification.

The indicated ‘Volume of Learning’ within the AQF Handbook is 1 – 2 Years (1200 – 2400 hours).

Training Pathway

A possible training pathway for a student completing this qualification could be the following:

Certificate IV Diploma
SHB40216 Certificate IV in Hairdressing SHB50216 Diploma of Salon Management


These qualifications represent a logical pathway regardless of whether ITS offers the qualifications.


Employment Pathway

Employment outcomes may include the following role/s:


Core Units:

SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
SHBHIND001 Maintain & organise tools, equipment & work areas
SHBHDES003  Create finished hair designs
SHBHBAS001  Provide shampoo and basin services
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients
SHBHTRI001  Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions
SHBHREF002  Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments
SHBHCLS002 Colour and lighten hair
SHBHCLS003 Provide full and partial head highlighting techniques
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
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBHIND003 Develop and expand a client base

Elective Units:

SHBHDES004 Create classic long hair up-styles
SHBHCUT006 Create combined haircut structures
SHBHCUT007 Create combined traditional and classic men’s haircut structures
SHBXCCS004 Recommend products and servicesSHBHREF001 Curl and volumise hair with chemical treatments
SIRRINV001 Receive and handle retail stock
SIRRMER001 Produce visual merchandise displays

Course Entry Requirements:

There are no pre-requisite entry requirements for this Qualification.


RTO Admission requirements

I.T.S Hairdressing Academy has the following admission requirements:

  • Students may be 17 years or older (recommended)
  • Students must be employed as an Apprentice Hairdresser (with a minimum of 15 hours per week)
  • This program has been designed to be delivered through classroom based delivery and students must have the ability to attend the scheduled sessions as per the timetable. Students are to be informed of the timetable prior to enrolment and are to maintain the required student contact hours

Students are required to be competent in written and spoken English and will undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test prior to enrolment.

This program is to be delivered in a classroom based environment and in simulated work environment called the Salon (a fully functional & operational hairdressing salon) to provide access to appropriate environments for the practical components of the course.

All theory based delivery will occur within designated classrooms through structured training sessions from a qualified Trainer / Assessor employed by the RTO. At these training sessions a qualified Trainer/ Assessor will provide the required skills and knowledge as per the unit content and will ensure the learning is imparted. The Trainer/Assessor will have designated session plans to reference to ensure the learning content is provided consistently to all students.

As part of this course students will also be required to undertake practical activities related to the course content. These practical activities will be undertaken in an appropriately simulated environment free of OHS hazards.

As this is a competency-based program, the student gains feedback through the training and assessment is undertaken once the unit has been delivered. The assessment process may include written questions, verbal questions, case studies, assignments, projects and practical demonstrations.

Statement of Fees – Download pdf

Eligibility for government funded training in Victoria is based on your citizenship, residency status, age and previously completed qualifications.

Generally, you are eligible for a government-subsidised training if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian Permanent Citizen (holder of a permanent visa)
  • a New Zealand citizen

and are any of the following:

  • under 20 years of age
  • seeking to enrol in a Foundation Skills List course (and do not hold a Diploma or above qualification or are receiving core skills training in other sectors)
  • seeking to enrol in VCE or VCAL
  • seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship
  • 20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification.

Students are eligible to commence a maximum of two subsidised courses at the same qualification level in your lifetime. This restriction applies whether or not you complete the courses. For example, this means if you have already commenced two courses at the Certificate III level, you may only commence courses at the Certificate IV level (or above).

This restriction does not apply to courses on the Foundation Skills List or to students recommencing training in the same qualification (at the same or a different provider).

Under exceptional circumstances students may apply for an exemption to the rule allowing only two commencements at the same level, enabling them to enrol in a further qualification at the same level. No exemptions are available for any other eligibility criteria.

In addition, eligible students can begin up to two subsidised courses in a year as long as you are not doing any more than two courses at a time.

Please note:

If you are eligible for Government Funding and enrol in a course subsidised by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments under Skills First Funding, this will affect your future training options and eligibility for further government subsidised training under the Skills First Funding.

Bayswater: 32-34 Station Street Bayswater Vic 3153

How to enrol
Contact the RTO to organise an enrolment interview.

 Would you like more information?

Contact our friendly team at ITS Hairdressing Academy on:
Telephone: 9738 0836

Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply to access government subsided training.