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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.
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.
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.
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
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.
|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|
|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|
|Concession||Government subsidised fee||Non-subsidised fee|
|Maximum annual amenities||$175||$250||$250|
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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 1 November 2021. 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.
The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment.
The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.
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:
The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:
Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.
Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.
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.
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