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SHB30416 - Certificate III in Hairdressing


At a glance

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.
Study Mode On-campus
Availability Gladstone CityMackay CityRockhampton City
Duration2 years full-time
Intake Dates
There are nine course intakes for 2018, available monthly from February to October.
Full course cost$12936.00

For Reds Salon employees: this qualification is delivered in partnership with Reds Salons Cairns.  Employees should contact:

Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure please call us on 13 27 86.

Career Opportunities

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

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

Structure and assessment


Standard Course Structure

Core Units
  • Participate in Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices (BSBSUS201)
  • Provide shampoo and basin services (SHBHBAS001)
  • Colour and lighten hair (SHBHCLS002)
  • Provide full and partial head highlighting treatments (SHBHCLS003)
  • Neutralise unwanted colours and tones (SHBHCLS004)
  • Provide on scalp full head and retouch bleach treatments (SHBHCLS005)
  • Design haircut structures (SHBHCUT001)
  • Create one length or solid haircut structures (SHBHCUT002)
  • Create graduated haircut structures (SHBHCUT003)
  • Create layered haircut structures (SHBHCUT004)
  • Cut hair using over-comb techniques (SHBHCUT005)
  • Create finished hair designs (SHBHDES003)
  • Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas (SHBHIND001)
  • Develop and expand a client base (SHBHIND003)
  • Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments (SHBHREF002)
  • Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions (SHBHTRI001)
  • Conduct salon financial transactions (SHBXCCS001)
  • Provide salon services to clients (SHBXCCS002)
  • Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment (SHBXIND001)
  • Communicate as part of a salon team (SHBXIND002)
  • Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices (SHBXWHS001)
Elective Units - Group A (General Hairdressing)
  • Create combined haircut structures (SHBHCUT006)
  • Create combined traditional and classic men's haircut structures (SHBHCUT007)
  • Create classic long hair up-styles (SHBHDES004)
Elective Units - Group C (General Electives)
  • Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation (SHBHBAS002)
  • Braid hair (SHBHDES002)
  • Curl and volumise hair with chemical treatments (SHBHREF001)
  • Straighten and relax hair with protein treatments (SHBHREF003)

Study Sequence

To view more information about these units, as well as the suggested study plan, please visit the handbook.



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.


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

Duration and dates

2 years full-time

Fees and scholarships


Full course cost: $12936.00

Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure please call us on 13 27 86.

The Queensland Government determines the schedule set by CQUniversity. Additional fees may be charged for printed materials, protective clothing and tools etc. A full copy of all regulations associated with VET fees can be accessed from the Queensland Government Legislation website.

All fees must be paid to finalise enrolment or a payment arrangement entered into. You will be liable for all payments, even if you discontinue enrolment, subject to the Refund Policy. Debt recovery action will be taken to recover outstanding fees. Please select from the following:

  • VET Student Loans
    VET Student Loans will commence from 1 January 2017 and is an interest free Australian Government income contingency loan that assists eligible full fee paying students to pay their Tuition Fees.
  • VET Government funded programs
    The cost of these programs is based on a student contribution fee. A concession may be available in some situations. Additional resource/material costs will vary from program to program.
  • VET fee-for-service programs (full fee paying)
    These are competitively priced full-fee paying programs which do not attract concessions.

Price lists


Please refer to the scholarship pages for more information.

How to Apply


You’ve made an excellent choice. Now that you have decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we’re here to assist you every step of the way.

Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you don’t have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit to create one.

You can apply to study SHB30416 - Certificate III in Hairdressing by clicking the Apply Now button below.

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For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

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