This is a preparatory qualification that provides a defined and limited range of basic skills and knowledge used in hairdressing salons by individuals who provide assistance with client services. These routine and repetitive tasks are completed under direct supervision and with guidance from hairdressers who manage the client service.

The combined skills and knowledge do not provide for a job outcome as a hairdresser and this qualification is intended to prepare individuals for further training.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

The SHB20216 Certificate II in Salon Assistant program reflects the role of individuals who work as salon assistants and are competent in communicating in the workplace, interacting with, and providing service to clients and assistance to colleagues. They perform routine functions under direct supervision as part of a hairdressing team.
Course Duration Options
Full- time Traineeship – 6 months
Part-time Traineeship – 12 months
VETiS – 30 weeks (excluding school holidays)

Core Units

BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services
SHBHDES001 Dry hair to shape
SHBHIND001 Maintain and organise tools, equipment, and work areas
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBXCCS003 Greet and prepare clients for salon services
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team

Elective Units

SHBHBAS002 Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation
SHBHCLS001 Apply hair colour products
SHBHDES002 Braid hair
SHBXCCS004 Recommend products and services
  • You can start this course at the age of 15
  • For VETiS, it is open to year 10 – 12 students in QLD high schools
  • There are no pre-requisites for this qualification

Ardor College has a number of options to allow you to select a payment method best suited to your financial needs. Course fees can be paid in person, by phone, by internet banking, or by credit card.

Fee for Service

  • Option 1: Upfront 100% Payment.
    You can pay course fees in full upfront either by direct debit or credit card. A direct debit or direct withdrawal of funds can be arranged and scheduled from your nominated bank account. We accept payments by MasterCard or Visa.
  • Options 2: Payment Plan
    You are required to make the first installment before course commencement and make the remaining payments through convenient installments weekly, fortnightly, monthly, or per semester. Terms and conditions apply.
  • Options 3: Direct Debit
    You can arrange direct debit payments to us with your banking provider
  • Options 4: Credit Card
    We accept payments by MasterCard or Visa.

Note: Payments by  MasterCard and Visa credit card attract a 2.5% surcharge which will be added to the payment account being made. American Express credit cards attract a 3% surcharge.

Upon completion of this qualification, you can become a Salon Assistant or Receptionist.

After completing your qualification, graduates may undertake:

  • Certificate III Hairdressing
  • Hairdressing Apprenticeship

Student contributions fees are are calculated at $1.60 per nominal hour for each Unit of Competency delivered. The whole traineeship has an approximate total nominal hours of 330 hours x$1.60 = $528.00. There are exemptions available:
(a) The participant holds a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law or is the partner or a dependent of a person who holds a HealthCare Card or Pensioner Concession Card and is named on the card
(b) The participant is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. Acceptable evidence isas stated on the Training Contract and AVETMISS VET Enrolment Form.

For School-Based Traineeships, student contribution fees are 100% funded by the government

Fee for Service (Full-time Study):
Tuition fees can vary between each learner. These are determined in our enrolment process. Tuition Fees for the Fee for Service, full course is $2240.00

**This internship does not fall under the free apprenticeships program and thus entails a student contribution fee.