SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing

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.

Total Duration 56 weeks.

This includes delivery over 55 weeks (including three weeks break). Delivery will complete in the 55th week, however, students will have one week to complete and submit leftover assessments. Study load of students have been worked out approximately 22 hours per week and distributed as under:

Face to face in class 2.5 days per week, (8:30 hours class (including half hour break) for 2 days and 4 hours class on third day) 1,040 Hours Trainer contact (Compulsory) 20 Hours Assessment: 110 Hours Self-study, Research 98 Hours Total 1,268 Hours

Home study, research and assessment timings may vary depending upon individual student Language, Literacy and Numeracy levels of the students.

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:




Unit Code Unit Name
SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team
SHBHIND001 Maintain & organise tools, equipment & work areas
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients
SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services
SHBHTRI001 Idendify and treat hair and scalp condition
SHBHDES003 Create finished hair designs
SHBHCUT001 Design hair cutstructures
SHBHCUT002* Create one length or solid hair cut structures
SHBHCUT003* Create graduated haircut structures
SHBHCUT004* Create layered haircut structures
SHBHCUT005* Cut hair using over-comb techniques
SHBHREF002 Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments
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
SHBHIND003 Develop and expand a client base






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SIRRINV001 Receive and handle retail stock
SIRRMER001 Produce visual merchandise displays
SHBHDES004 Create Classic Long Hair Up-Styles
SHBHCUT006* Create combined haircut structures
SHBHCUT007* Create combined traditional and classic men’s haircut structures
SHBHREF001 Curl and volumise hair with chemical treatments


There are no Qualification entry requirements to this course.

ITS Admission requirements are as follows.


  • Must be 16 years or older
  • 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

Dandenong: 18 Princess Highway Dandenong Vic 3175

Werribee : 7/27 Synnot Street, Werribee Vic 3030

Sunshine : 287 B Glengala Road Sunshine West Vic 3020

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.