Certificate III is the minimum qualification level required for practitioners of hairdressing in Australia and is best suited for people who prefer on the job learning, who are keen to develop a solid relationship with a salon and who can commit to long term training in return for government funding. This apprenticeship normally takes three to four years to complete.
You will have to pursue employment in a salon who are willing to hire and register you as their apprentice. Your new employer will nominate a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
No formal educational entry requirements are required for this course, however school students must have completed Year ten of high school. You could possibly improve your chances of gaining this apprenticeship if you have already completed certificate II, you may also qualify for an advanced standing for some of these completed units.
As you journey from apprentice to junior stylist you will be required to support the salon and the other staff with services that can include:
- Applying Shampoo and treatments.
- Simple haircuts.
- Applying colour.
- Perming hair.
- Blow drying.
- Welcoming clients
- Taking bookings.
- Selling products.
- Building a clientele.
You will also be a representative of your salon and their brand so you will be required to maintain a professional image and attitude both on and off the job.
Once you have completed this course and the on site training you will then be qualified as a hairdresser, depending on your career aspirations you could contemplate doing other post-trade courses that include a cert iv hairdressing in Hairdressing or a Diploma of Salon Management.
Hairdresser training requirements can vary from state to state so please select your state below to get specialist information on your state.
Australian Capital Territory – (02) 6205 8555
New South Wales – 13 28 11
Northern Territory – (08) 8901 1357
Queensland – 1800 210 210
South Australia – 1800 673 097
Tasmania – 1800 655 846
Victoria – (03) 9651 9999
Western Australian – 13 19 54