SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing

VU course code: SHB30416 | Level of study: TAFE
1 year full time
Face to Face with eLearning
City Campus, Industry


Fulfil your dream of working in the hairdressing industry with a Certificate III in Hairdressing SHB30416 at Victoria University.

You will develop specialist hairdressing skills and learn salon business practice at the hairdressing training studio.

This qualification equips you with practical skills in:

  • design and style
  • foundation colour
  • hair and scalp treatments
  • long hair design
  • protein treatments and straightening
  • men’s grooming
  • advanced cutting and colour techniques.

Our qualified, industry experts will also teach you how to consult clients and promote products and services.

On completion, you will have the confidence and skills to provide a variety of hairdressing services and begin your career as a qualified hairdresser.

This course is offered as an apprenticeship course over three years and is also available to non-apprentices over one year.

NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To be awarded SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing qualification, 28 units must be completed comprising:

  • 21 core units;
  • 7 elective units, of which:
  • 3 units must be selected from either Group A or Group B;
  • 4 units from Group C.


Fees & Scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.




Upon successful completion of this Certificate III in Hairdressing SHB30416, you'll be recognised by industry as a fully-qualified hairdresser.

This is a dynamic and creative industry. You could find yourself setting up your own salon or you could find employment with:

  • hair salons
  • professional photographers
  • fashion stylists.

The great thing about this qualification is that there are employment opportunities all over Australia and the world, meaning you really can take your skills anywhere.

Award winning students

Victoria University hair and make-up students won seven awards at the 2019 Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Association (HBIA) Apprentice, Student and Educator Awards. These awards provide an opportunity for industry leaders to recognise young achievers in the industry.

VU Stories

A high achiever in hairdressing
Certificate III in Hairdressing SHB30416
"VU was recommended by my mentor because it is the best institute for salon training with its focus on on-the-job training."
Jessie's story