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Certificate III in Hairdressing (SHB30416)

Course summary

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.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Hospitality and Beauty
Skill Area
  • - Personal Services
AQF Level Level 3: Certificate III

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

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

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

To successfully complete this course, students must complete a total of 28 units, consisting of:
21 core units and 7 elective units.
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
Elective Units - Group A (General Hairdressing)
SHBHCUT006 Create combined haircut structures
SHBHCUT007 Create combined traditional and classic men's haircut structures
SHBHDES004 Create classic long hair up-styles
Elective Units - Group C (General Electives)
SHBHBAS002 Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation
SHBHDES002 Braid hair
SHBHREF001 Curl and volumise hair with chemical treatments
SHBHREF003 Straighten and relax hair with protein treatments

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Third Party Verification

Course Intakes


There are nine course intakes for 2018, available monthly from February to October.

Duration and dates
2 years full-time


Classes for each intake will commence the week starting on Monday:

  • 5 February 2018
  • 5 March 2018
  • 16 April 2018
  • 7 May 2018
  • 4 June 2018
  • 16 July 2018
  • 6 August 2018
  • 3 September 2018
  • 8 October 2018

This course is available to study on-campus at the following locations:

CQUniversity Gladstone City
Classes will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8.15am - 3.30pm.

CQUniversity Mackay City
Classes will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am - 4.30pm.  

CQUniversity Rockhampton City
Classes will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am - 4.30pm.  

All classes will be held at the campus Hairdressing Training Salons.

For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

Related Courses

No related course found.

Third Party Services arrangement

Reds Salon (Cairns) provides the following services on behalf of CQUniversity for this course:
  • Recruitment of apprentices employed by Reds Salon Cairns
  • Provision of educational or support services
  • Delivery of training and/or assessment
Apprentices should email or speak to their local CQUni Vocational Industry Officer.

Resource Requirements

In discussion with teaching staff, additional hairdressing equipment and salon resources will be required for this course. These will be purchased at the expense of the student as study progresses throughout the course. Items include:

  • Stationery – pens, notebook etc
  • 12pk sectioning clips
  • 2 x tail combs
  • Round brushes (thermal) – 1 x 18mm, 1 x 24mm, 1 x 30mm, 1 x 42mm (approx.. measurements)
  • Denman styling brush 7 row
  • TangleTeezer
  • Water spray
  • Wide-toothed basin comb
  • 1 x box of Disposable gloves
As students progress through their course and enrol into different units they will be required to purchase further equipment – eg. Scissors, cutting combs, mannequins. Teachers at each location will advise what needs to be purchased and where these items can be purchased from. 

All students must wear closed in shoes and be dressed as though they are going to work in a salon.