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Certificate III in Hairdressing Non-apprenticeship

Code: SHB30416 CRICOS: 093472J



12 months full time / 2 years part time


1 year

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

This course is also available as an apprenticeship course. Learn more about the apprenticeship Certificate III in Hairdressing here. You can choose to study a Certificate III in Hairdressing SHB30416 together with the Certificate III in Barbering SHB30516.

Makeover your career

Design your own specialised skill set and build towards a successful hairdressing career with the Certificate III in Hairdressing SHB30416 (Non-Apprenticeship stream). With an emphasis on advanced hairstyling techniques, this course will teach you the skills you’ll need for a thriving 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.

Industry-ready training in real world situations

As part of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Hairdressing SHB30416 (Non-Apprenticeship stream), you’ll receive industry-ready training from experienced industry professionals. With expert knowledge guiding you throughout your studies, our course will provide you with highly sought after hairdressing techniques without the need for an apprenticeship. You’ll learn necessary and specialist skills, including cut and colour, hair braiding, chemical and keratin protein straightening, even managing appointment booking systems. Melbourne Polytechnic’s purpose-built fully-equipped training salon is open five days a week for real-world training right on campus. Working with industry bodies, we offer hairdressing students 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.

Be on the cutting edge of an exciting trade

Qualified hairdressers 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 and mastering new skills on the job.

Career Pathways

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

On successful completion of this course, you may enter the industry as a hairdresser.

  • Barber
  • Hairdresser
  • Hairstylist
  • Performance Industry Stylist
  • Salon Assistant

Study Pathways

At Melbourne Polytechnic, we provide seamless pathways towards higher qualifications.

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.

Class Schedule

Day program: Four days per week.
Part time evening program: Tuesday and Wednesday nights and allocated Saturdays.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is competency based. Satisfactory completion of each learning outcome is required. Competencies will be assessed via practical demonstrations, assignments or knowledge builders

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
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
Portrait of hairdressing student Peter Olsen

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 $19600
Per semester $9800
Materials fee $340

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.

Please note: Student will be required to purchase a toolkit.


Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

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

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

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. The approximate cost to you depends on your qualification:

  • Certificate III in Hairdressing SHB30416: $900
  • Dual Qualification (Certificate III in Hairdressing SHB30416 and Certificate III in Barbering SHB30516): $1200

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

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. The approximate cost for this toolkit is $860.

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

Course Fees

Student will be required to purchase a toolkit.


Applicants must be over the age of 16. Academic: Australian Year 11 equivalency or higher. English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.

Next Steps

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

After you complete that form we will send you an email with a link to an application form webpage. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam and junk folders.

Complete the application form on the application form webpage.

You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment over the phone or on campus.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about Tuition Payment Plans here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

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

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