Campbell Institute

Certificate III
in Hairdressing

Certificate III in Hairdressing



This qualification reflects the role of hairdressers who use a range of well-developed sales, consultation and technical skills and knowledge to provide a broad range of hairdressing services to clients. They use discretion and judgement to provide client services and take responsibility for the outcomes of their own work.

This qualification provides a pathway to work as a hairdresser in any industry environment, usually a salon.

The latest release of the qualification and packaging rules can be found at the following link:

Potential Careers

This qualification is a widely recognised pathway to a successful career as a qualified hairdresser and hairstylist in Australia’s exciting and fast-growing beauty industry.:

Entry Requirements

Campbell Institute requires students to demonstrate a capacity to undertake study at this level to ensure an appropriate learning opportunity, and has set the entry requirements for this course as:

NOTE: Campbell Institute also conducts an entry interview with all prospective students to confirm their details and ensure that the course selected is the most appropriate for their needs.


104 weeks (full time), 72 weeks of training and assessment, and 32 weeks of term break

Mode of Delivery

Course delivery follows a blended learning approach, comprised of face to face and online training and assessment

Classroom training is a structured learning program, delivered through face to face trainer led sessions conducted in a classroom setting and training salon setting
Online learning is facilitated through the Campbell Institute learning platform, hosted on Moodle learning management system

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Course Structure

Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective
SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices Core
SHBXCCS002 Conduct salon financial transactions Core
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment Core
SHBHIND002 Research and use hairdressing industry information Elective
SIRRMER001 Produce visual merchandise displays Elective
SHBHIND003 Develop and expand a client base Core
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients Core
SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team Core
SHBHDES004 Create classic long hair up-styles Elective
SHBHCCS001 Plan hair services for special events Elective
SHBHDES005 Select and apply hair extensions Elective
SHBHCUT004 Create layered haircut structures Core
SHBHCLS003 Provide full and partial head highlighting treatments Core
SHBHCLS005 Provide on scalp full head and retouch bleach treatments Core
SHBHCUT002 Create one length or solid haircut structures Core
SHBHCUT003 Create graduated 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
SHBHREF002 Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments Core
SHBHTRI001 Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions Core
SHBHCUT006 Create combined haircut structures Elective
SHBHCUT007 Create combined traditional and classic men’s haircut structures Elective
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core
SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services Core
SHBHCUT001 Design haircut structures Core
SHBHCLS002 Colour and lighten hair Core
SHBHCLS004 Neutralise unwanted colours and tones Core

Qualification outcome

As a registered training organisation (RTO), Campbell Institute operates within the Vocational Education and Training Quality Framework (VETQF) and the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) delivering nationally recognised qualifications and Units of Competency.

Students who have met the course completion criteria by achieving competency in all the units of the course as stipulated in the Training Package will receive a Certification for the qualification SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing. Students who do not successfully complete the qualification will be issued with a Statement of Attainment listing all units that have been deemed competent.

Skills recognition

Credit Transfer

Campbell Institute as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete a Credit Transfer Application Form available from any campus.

Your completed Credit Transfer Application Form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for credit transfer should be submitted directly to the campus either in person or by email at There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. For further information, please refer to the International Student Handbook.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgment of a person’s skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work, or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas. This can include skills from:

  • Previous study including courses at another Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience, etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL should indicate this at the time of enrolment. For further information please refer to the International Student Guide or contact Campbell Institute at For further information, please refer to the International Student Handbook.