Duration:
1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Location: 
City King St
Industry
Study off-campus:
Available for International Off-Shore or Apprenticeship.
Contact VU Polytechnic for more information
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.

Overview

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

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.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll develop practical skills through hands-on learning so you’re job-ready when you graduate.

You’ll get real-life work experience at our City King student-run hairdressing and beauty salon. This industry-standard facility is fitted with the latest equipment. The salon provides the ideal training environment to practice your skills while expert trainers teach, supervise and guide you. You’ll also gain valuable experience arranging bookings and in customer service.

Victoria University Polytechnic is a supportive place to study. We have a range of academic support programs that can help you if you're struggling with your studies.

We can help you with your assignments and assessment tasks, maths, writing skills and English language support, as well as showing you effective ways to study and manage your time and preparation. Our study support programs include:

  • workshops and study groups
  • student mentors and peer learning
  • maths and writing resources.

We also have disability support services and counselling services available to all students.

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Request a call back from one of our experienced Victoria University Polytechnic course advisers to get your questions answered.

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Become a qualified hairdresser and gain extensive knowledge about hairdressing design and practice.

Careers in hairdressing

Upon successful completion of this Certificate III in Hairdressing, 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 Polytechnic 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.

Course structure

To be awarded SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing qualification, a student must successfully complete a total of twenty-eight (28) units of competency, comprising of:

  • twenty-one (21) core units;

  • seven (7) elective units, of which:

  • three (3) units must be selected from either Group A or Group B;

  • four (4) units from Group C.

 

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).

CORE UNITS

ELECTIVE UNITS

Group A

Group B

No Group B electives available.

Group C

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

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We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Before you apply

Before starting your application, please read through the step-by-step VU Polytechnic application process to make sure you have all the necessary documents and information ready to successfully complete your application.

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