Certificate III in Hairdressing


Qualifcation Name


Certificate III in Hairdressing



Interest-free Payment Plans available

Campuses Study


Blended online delivery using our learning platform, Canvas LMS, and a fully operational Hairdressing Training Salon

Brisbane and Melbourne campuses

Pre Requisites


  • There are no formal entry requirements for this course
  • Minimum age requirement of 15

Start Dates


Start any time in our flexible blended online delivery option.

Megan S Student


Part -Time

24 months

Full -Time

12 months

8 hours per week structured self-paced online studies, practical salon hours flexibly scheduled

Additional Information


  • This is a nationally recognised qualification SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing
  • Ask about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer options to reduce your study time and costs
  • This course is taught in our flexible blended online delivery option at our Brisbane campus and students will have access to learning materials online

Ready to start an exciting career in the hairdressing industry?

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This is what it’s all about

Accelerate your career by studying our bespoke hairdressing course which has been designed specifically for makeup artists in the creative industries but is suitable for everybody pursuing a career in the hairdressing industry.

With us, you will learn the fundamentals of hairdressing under the guidance of our industry expert trainers. We offer a flexible blended delivery option where we will focus on the practical skill development to meet industry standards.

We have structured the ideal hairdressing course to support all makeup artists wanting to extend their creative abilities, gain work in the Film & TV industry and to broaden their freelance opportunities.

We guarantee small classes and hands on practical classes ensuring quality training. You will develop the skills to work  as a hairdresser.

This is what you get

  • All in class learning materials and all consumables, no hidden costs
  • Access to our online learning portal for all your digital learning resources
  • AACM is affiliated with De Lorenzo, the pioneers in the Australian hairdressing industry. De Lorenzo is an Australian made, family owned professional hair care company with a strong commitment to environmental responsibility. You will have access to a broad range of De Lorenzo education resources
  • An AACM uniform t-shirt
  • On successful completion you will receive a Statement of Attainment and your nationally recognised qualification certificate

AACM will provide each student with an extensive and professionally equipped student resource kit with reputable industry brands.

The Certificate 3 in Hairdressing provides a pathway to work as a hairdresser in any industry environment, usually a salon. We have structured our course to align with freelance makeup artists wanting to expand their skills and knowledge with a qualification optimising employability outcomes specifically in the Performances, Productions, Editorial and Film & Television industry. Choose your career and work as a …

  • Hairdresser in a commercial salon
  • Self employed hairdresser
  • Editorial stylist
  • Freelance stylist in the Performance, Film & Television industry
  • Celebrity hairdresser
  • Session stylist
  • Special events artist
  • Wig making
  • Hairstyle artist
  • Salon manager/ owner

The Certificate 3 in Hairdressing is a nationally recognised qualification, which is issued to students after successful completion of this course. The Australian Academy of Cinemagraphic Makeup is your ticket to an exciting career in the Hairdressing, Performances, Productions, Editorial and Film & Television industry. We want our expert training to be just the beginning of a very exciting career for each and every one of our students.
Here are just a few reasons why to study with us:

  • Passionate and expert industry current trainers
  • Study at your own pace and start any time with our flexible blended delivery option
  • 600 practical hours at the AACM professional training salon and on set work experience opportunities
  • Strong networking opportunities within the AACM Alumni and industry network
  • Strong connections into the Hairdressing, Performances, Productions, Editorial and Film & Television industry
  • Small class sizes in a friendly supportive team environment
  • Online learning portal to support your off-campus self studies

Start any time with our flexible blended delivery option. Theory elements of each unit will be completed online under the guidance of our expert trainers. Plan for 8 hours of self-paced online studies per week. The AACM Hairdressing training salon will be open on set days for practical skills development and practical assessments. You must complete a minimum of 600 salon hours to meet the practical component of this course.

Through our AACM Alumni Community we provide ongoing opportunities for work experience, employment, networking and lifelong learning. We continue to mentor and support graduates, opening up our industry network, contacts and opportunities. AACM Alumni receive special offers on AACM courses and continue to receive discounts and benefits from our industry partners.

The Alumni Community is providing our graduates a platform to discuss techniques, share their experience, enhance their network, connect with members, publish news and to share job opportunities where available. AACM is regularly contacted for work experience and paid opportunities and we advertise these exclusively to our Alumni Community.

The Certificate 3 in Hairdressing is structured to suit school based learners, offering a flexible and supportive learning environment. Participating in VET can provide credit points to the attainment of a Queensland Certificate of Education, and/or attainment of a nationally recognised VET qualification. It can also support young people’s transitions to employment, vocational and higher education pathways. Please contact us for more information on studying this Certificate course while at school.

Benefits of participating in VET include:

  • obtaining practical skills based experience.
  • gaining familiarity on how workplaces operate.
  • developing employability skills.
  • developing and improving interpersonal skills.
  • allowing students to explore the potential career path they would like to pursue


Plan your VET studies and QCE points using the QCE PLANNER. Search for “VETE Courses” and the course code such as “ SHB30416”

This is what you will learn

The Certificate 3 in Hairdressing includes 21 core subject areas ensuring all students have the skills and knowledge to operate in a commercial salon, with well developed sales, consultation and technical skills. We have carefully selected 7 electives to further broaden skill sets of those wanting to work in the creative industries of Performances, Productions, Editorial and Film & Television.

  • Shampoo and basin services
  • Creative cutting techniques
  • Create finished hair designs
  • Design and create haircut structures
  • Colour and lighten hair
  • Braid hair
  • Continuity cuts and colours
  • Advanced colouring techniques
  • Classic long hair styling
  • Mens styling and grooming
  • Hair styling for special events
  • Salon services and developing a client base
  • Salon operations including sustainable practices, WHS, team communications and organisational requirements

To achieve the Certificate III in Hairdressing, a total of 28 units must be completed. These units have been selected in consultation with industry and in accordance with the Training Package rules of this qualification. Please note that we may alter the unit selection from time to time to meet industry expectations and stay with the pulse of time.

SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services
SHBHTRI001 Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions
SHBHIND001 Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
SHBHCLS002 Colour and lighten hair
SHBHCUT001 Design haircut structures
SHBHCUT002 Create one length or solid haircut structures
SHBHCLS003 Provide full and partial head highlighting treatments
SHBHCLS004 Neutralise unwanted colours and tones
SHBHCLS005 Provide on scalp full head and retouch bleach treatments
SHBHCUT003 Create graduated haircut structures
SHBHCUT004 Create layered haircut structures
SHBHREF002 Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments
SHBHDES003 Create finished hair designs
SHBHIND003 Develop and expand a client base
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team
SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
SHBHCUT006 Create combined haircut structures
SHBHCUT007 Create combined traditional and classic men’s haircut structures
SHBHDES004 Create classic long hair up-styles
SHBHCUT005 Cut hair using over-comb techniques
SHBHDES002 Braid hair
SHBHCUT011 Design and maintain beards and moustaches
SIRRINV002 Receive and handle stock
SHBHREF003 Straighten and relax hair with protein treatments

Your Payment Options

The interest free payment option for you paying your course off while you are studying. After deducting your $600 enrolment deposit from the total course fees, you can opt to pay in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments. Our standard payment plans are designed to pay off your course fees over the duration of your course so you can graduate debt free.

If our Standard Payment Plan options are not suitable for you, we may be able to set you up with a Personalised Payment Plan (PPP). After deducting your $600 enrolment deposit from the course fees, you may be able to tailor your repayments flexibly to fit your personal circumstances and affordability. Your may set your own weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayment amount, paying on an extended payment duration. Have in mind, that we won’t be releasing your picture portfolio, statement of attainment or qualification until your course is paid off.

Weekly, fortnightly and monthly minimum limits apply, please discuss this with us directly. Please familiarise yourself with the PPP Terms & Conditions

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Course Recognition

As a Registered Training Organisation under ASQA (RTO 31527), our certificate and diploma level courses are nationally recognized qualifications, which are issued to students after successful completion of a course. The programs are structured in line with National Training Packages, for more information about us and our courses please visit training.gov.au. For more information about our regulatory body, please visit ASQA.

Some short courses offered from time to time may not be recognized courses. Please visit the relevant course pages on our webpage to find our more or contact us to clarify.

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