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Certificate III in Hairdressing Apprenticeship

Code: SHB30416 CRICOS: 093472J

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3 years part time

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Next Intake

February, April, July, October

This course is also available as a non-apprenticeship course. Learn more about the non-apprenticeship Certificate III in Hairdressing here.

Learn a cutting edge trade

With a carefully curated apprenticeship dedicated to teaching you advanced hairstyling techniques, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Hairdressing SHB30416 (Apprenticeship stream) will teach you the skills you’ll need for a fruitful career in hairdressing. With an expected 31,000 job openings across the hairdressing industry in the next five years, it’s a great time to pick up the scissors.

On the job training and specialist skills

As part of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Hairdressing SHB30416 (Apprenticeship stream) you’ll receive valuable training from an array of experienced trade professionals on-campus and at your workplace. With qualified industry leaders guiding you throughout your apprenticeship, our course will help you hone your salon techniques to apply on the job. You’ll learn all of the necessary skills, including cut and colour, chemical straightening, hair design, client consultation and financial transactions. Our purpose-built fully-equipped training salon is open five days a week for additional real-world training that’s still on campus. Melbourne Polytechnic offers hairdressing students the unique opportunities to take part in training workshops with industry experts, enter industry-accredited hair competitions and exhibit your skills in an end-of-year student showcase.

A career that’s in demand and in style

Qualified hairdressers who have completed their apprenticeship can work within a range of hairdressing practices. You might find work in a salon, styling for television and film, or running your own hairdressing business. Hairdressers can also choose to specialise further, learning new skills on the job.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Hairdressing - Apprenticeship SHB30416 take me?

Students may enter into the industry as hairdressers.

  • Performance Industry Stylist
  • Salon Assistant
  • Hairdresser
  • Hairstylist

Study Pathways

The Certificate III in Hairdressing SHB30416 may encourage you to go on to pursue further qualifications in this field.

Portrait of Julian Eskander
[The teachers] are very kind, they are very helpful, they help everyone.
Julian Eskander
Barbering Graduate

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Simulated / Commercial salon

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is competency based. Satisfactory completion of each learning outcome is required. Some competencies may be assessed through course work while others may be achieved through on-the-job training

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core 20
SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services Core 40
SHBHCCS001 Plan hair services for special events Elective 20
SHBHCLS002 Colour and lighten hair Core 65
SHBHCLS003 Provide full and partial head highlighting treatments Core 45
SHBHCLS004 Neutralise unwanted colours and tones Core 55
SHBHCLS005 Provide on scalp full head and retouch bleach treatments Core 55
SHBHCUT001 Design haircut structures Core 20
SHBHCUT002 Create one length or solid haircut structures Core 30
SHBHCUT003 Create graduated haircut structures Core 35
SHBHCUT004 Create layered haircut structures Core 35
SHBHCUT005 Cut hair using over-comb techniques Core 30
SHBHCUT006 Create combined haircut structures Elective 45
SHBHCUT007 Create combined traditional and classic men's haircut structures Elective 45
SHBHDES002 Braid hair Elective 30
SHBHDES003 Create finished hair designs Core 50
SHBHDES004 Create classic long hair up-styles Elective 30
SHBHIND001 Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas Core 20
SHBHIND003 Develop and expand a client base Core 35
SHBHREF002 Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments Core 45
SHBHREF003 Straighten and relax hair with protein treatments Elective 45
SHBHTRI001 Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions Core 25
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions Core 25
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients Core 40
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment Core 45
SHBXIND002 Communicate part of a salon team Core 30
SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices Core 40
SIRRMER001 Provide visual merchandise displays Elective 35
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I can’t be any more over the moon with all of this. When I googled what would be the number one, [Melbourne Polytechnic] came up first.
Peter Olsen
Hairdressing and Barbering

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $1270 $6350 $17100
Materials fee $340 $340 $340
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1785 $6940 $17690
Per year $0
Per semester $0

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

The materials fee covers learning resources required for the course.

You must also purchase a Hairdressing Toolkit. Our toolkits are sourced from a supplier at a discounted rate and the approximate cost to you is $900.

You will be given the final cost and an order form when you enrol.


Apprentices applying must be over the age of 15 and currently employed in the industry and indentured to a tradesperson.

Next Steps

Apprenticeships are coordinated via the Trade and Traineeship Support Unit (TSU) where you will provide details of your employer, who will register you with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

The AASN will register your training contract with EPSILON and you will be allocated an EPSILON number. Melbourne Polytechnic will then be able to enrol you into your training program.

If you have any questions about the application procedures for an apprenticeship, please contact the TSU.

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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