Qualification Information

In the Certificate III in Hairdressing course, students will learn skills to be part of the salon team and utilise technical skills and knowledge to provide a broad range of hairdressing services to clients. Students are trained to provide client services by ensuring a safe working environment and performing a full range of client services, including client consultation and advice, applying skills and knowledge to sell products and services, hair and scalp treatments, hair cutting, hair design, colour and lightening, and chemical reformation services and take responsibility for the outcomes of their own work. This training covers the required skills and hands-on practical experience that is needed to be a qualified hairdresser. This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

At Ardor College, students have the opportunity to complete their practicals on the live clients at the college salon. We also encourage and assist our full-time students in finding other salons that would allow them to perform practical and gain additional industry exposure.

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To achieve a SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing, you must successfully complete 28 units, comprising of 21 core units and 7 elective units.

Duration and Study Options
Fee for Service Program:

Duration: 12 Months
Schedule:  3 to 5 days a week depending on your work/life commitments
Course Cost: $12,000

Exemptions may apply
However, as this course is competency-based, depending on your prior experience, this course can be completed at your own pace
6 years: Part-time

3 years: Full-time

Allow you to gain a nationally recognised qualification and get paid to work in your chosen field.

School-based Apprenticeships: allow you to gain a nationally recognised qualification as well as your Senior Certificate AND you get paid working in your chosen field. Generally available to students from Year 10, students may convert to a full-time or part-time apprenticeship when they finish school to allow them to complete the qualification. You will be required to attend “Off Job” Training 1 day a fortnight or complete block training during school holidays.

Free apprenticeships for under 25s
Free apprenticeships for under 25s will cover the cost of training for Queensland apprentices and trainees under 25 who commence or are undertaking one of 139 priority apprenticeship or traineeship qualification, which includes Cert. III in Hairdressing and Cert. III in Barbering from 1 January 2021 to 30 September 2022.

Schedule: Apprentices can complete their certificate as a Full-time or Part-time Apprentice.

Course Units

BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core
SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services Core
SHBHCLS002 Colour and lighten hair Core
SHBHCLS003 Provide full and partial head highlighting treatments Core
SHBHCLS004 Neutralise unwanted colours and tones Core
SHBHCLS005 Provide on scalp full head and retouch bleach treatments Core
SHBHCUT001 Design haircut structures Core
SHBHCUT002 Create one length or solid haircut structures Core
SHBHCUT003 Create graduated haircut structures Core
SHBHCUT004 Create layered haircut structures Core
SHBHCUT005 Cut hair using over-comb techniques Core
SHBHDES003 Create finished hair designs Core
SHBHIND001 Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas Core
SHBHIND003 Develop and expand a client base Core
SHBHREF002 Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments Core
SHBHTRI001 Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions Core
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions Core
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients Core
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment Core
SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team Core
SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices Core
SHBHCUT006 Create combined haircut structures Elective Group A
SHBHCUT007 Create combined traditional and classic men’s haircut structures Elective Group A
SHBHDES004 Create classic long hair up-styles Elective Group A
SHBHBAS002 Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation Elective Group C
SHBHIND002 Research and use hairdressing industry information Elective Group C
SHBHREF001 Curl and volumise hair with chemical treatments Elective Group C
SHBXCCS004 Recommend products and services Elective Group C

Credit Transfer (CT)
CT is the recognition of previous subjects successfully studied and completed by you that satisfies the competency requirements of one or more subjects required to be successfully studied and completed for this Qualification. Participants wanting to apply for CT must be able to produce evidence by way of certified copies of previous qualifications.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Recognition of Prior Learning is the recognition of knowledge, skills and experience gained by you through either life and/or work experience, formal and/or informal training, and/or education that satisfies the competency requirements of one or more subjects required to be successfully studied and completed for this Qualification. Participants wanting to apply for RPL must be able to produce evidence by way of certified copies of previous qualifications and/other supporting evidence to be eligible for the RPL process.

There are no pre-requisites for this qualification. All fee for service students must be 15 years of age or older.

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, internet banking, or 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 cards attract a 2.5% surcharge which will be added to the payment account being made. American Express credit cards attract a 3% surcharge.


We provide all the above options for payment. However, we also provide options below for apprentice students to help with their financial needs.

  • Option 1: Cost per module & prepaid books.
    Students are able to pay the contribution cost of the module at the beginning of training for each module. However, we ask the student to pay for the books upfront.
  • Options 2: Payment Plan
    Students make an initial payment of $250 and put the remaining balance on the payment plan through convenient installments weekly, fortnightly, monthly, or per semester. This is in place to help you divide your payment evenly during your apprenticeship instead of having varying payments. Terms and conditions apply.

Study Outcomes

On completion of your studies, you will receive a Certificate III in Hairdressing SHB30416 Qualification Certificate, issued by ARDOR COLLEGE.

Possible Career Outcomes

  • Senior Hairdresser
  • Wedding & Formal Hair Stylist


Pathways Information

After achieving SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing, individuals may undertake:

SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering
SHB40216 Certificate IV in Hairdressing
SHB50216 Diploma of Salon Management
SHB80116 Graduate Certificate in Hairdressing Creative Leadership

  • Under 25 Apprentice – Nil
  • Over 25 Apprentice – $1632.00
  • Exemptions may apply