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Qualification Description

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.

Students will learn about various hairdressing aspects such as cutting, foiling, straightening while learning how to coordinate in a salon team. You will undertake tasks performed in real hairdressing salons as well as our simulated salon environment under the direct supervision of our trainers.


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

Course Structure

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.


SHBHIND001 Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas

SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices

BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

SHBHTRI001 Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions

SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services

SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team

SHBHDES003 Create finished hair designs

SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment

SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions

SHBHCUT001 Design haircut structures

SHBHCUT002 Create one length or solid haircut structures

SHBHCUT004 Create layered haircut structures

SHBHCUT003 Create graduated haircut structures

SHBHCUT005 Cut hair using over-comb techniques

SHBHIND003 Develop and expand a client base

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

SHBHREF002 Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments

SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients


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 services

SHBHCCS001 Plan hair services for special events

SIRRINV001 Receive and handle retail stock

SHBHREF001 Curl and volumise hair with chemical treatments

SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing is delivered as face to face delivery in a classroom and in real salon. Assessment methods allow for the gathering of sufficient quality evidence about the student’s performance. Assessment method includes Written Questions and Answers, Practical Observations and Portfolios.

Fees & Charges

Please contact the Academy on  (03) 9818 0089 for more information

On Completion of Course

Students completing all assessment requirements will be awarded SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing.

On Partial Completion of Course

Students completing assessment requirements for part of SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing, will be awarded a statement of attainment indicating which modules or units of competency they have completed.  Awards will not be made to students who have not met all their financial commitments to Fran capelli Academy.

If you would like any further information or come in and see the Academy please don’t hesitate to contact me on (03) 9818 0089.

Entry Requirements

All students must complete the Fran Capelli Academy's Language, Literacy and Numeracy and Pre-Training Review interview so we can assess the suitability of this course to meet your needs. Students under 18 will need to meet additional entry requirements, including parent/guardian consent. To undertake this qualification as an Apprenticeship, students must be working part-time or full-time role in a Salon.

Course Duration


Course duration of an apprentice in typically 24-36 months and for a fulltime student is 12-18 months.

The requirement of the program is to attend Fran Capelli Academy for 1 day per week (off-the-job training) or block release training is available for the duration of the apprenticeship. For block release training, the Apprentice attends for at least 4 days during the week, then spends 3 weeks at their salon and then returns for training on the 4th week. There should be a total of 10 block release training weeks in a year.  Training days are available Monday through to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, and there is no set enrolment period.  Apprentices’ school year starts approximately the first week of February and finishes in the last week of November. The total number of weeks per year that an Apprentice attends training is 43 weeks.

Students will be required to complete 3 hours of self-study each week which may involve reading their textbooks, complete written materials, practice the hairdressing styling, cutting, colouring and chemical reformation techniques that were demonstrated in their class that week, discussing their work with their trainer/assessor and/or other students.

Students will also be required to spend 3 hours per week of assessment preparation. FCA considers successful submission of each unit as monitoring of self-study and assessment preparation hours.

Course Outcome


After successful completion of SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing, students can find employment as a qualified hairdresser.


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