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How to become a qualified hairdresser

The world of hairdressing and barbering is a vibrant and creative industry, offering a range of exciting career opportunities. Whether you dream of styling hair in a salon, owning your own barbershop, or becoming a session stylist, obtaining the right qualifications is crucial to unlocking your potential and establishing yourself as a skilled professional. 

If you have hairdressing or salon experience, find out how you can use RPL to fast-track your qualifications and embark on a successful hairdressing career. 

Career opportunities in for qualified hairdressers

Hairdressers are more than just individuals who cut and style hair. They are artists who create unique looks, boost confidence, and transform their clients’ appearances. From trendy haircuts and intricate hairstyles to stunning colour transformations, a hairdresser’s expertise lies in their ability to bring out the best in their clients’ hair.

Becoming a qualified hairdresser opens up a world of possibilities. You can work in salons, spas, fashion and entertainment industries, or even start your own business. If you’re interested in a more glamorous career, qualified hairdressers also have better opportunities to participate in professional photo-shoots and videos, fashion shows, and even film and television. 

Why get qualified

While a natural flair for hairdressing is valuable, formal qualifications provide the foundation for a successful career in Australia. Qualifications not only enhance your technical skills but also equip you with essential knowledge in communication, client consultation, marketing, and product awareness. Having nationally recognized qualifications also give your clients peace of mind, knowing they know they are in the hands of a competent and skilled professional.

Certificate III in Hairdressing – SHB30416

One pathway to becoming a qualified hairdresser is through the Certificate III in Hairdressing – SHB30416 awarded by Colour Cosmetica (RTO: 40055). This qualification certifies your skills in effective communication, client consultation techniques, and the ability to perform a wide range of technical hairdressing services. It is a stepping stone towards working as part of a team in a salon or spa setting.

Certificate IV in Hairdressing (SHB40216)

For those aspiring to take their hairdressing career to the next level, there is also the Certificate IV in Hairdressing – SHB40216 awarded by Colour Cosmetica. This certificate acknowledges the advanced skills and expertise of a senior hairdresser. It can open doors to roles such as a technical adviser in a product company or an independent freelance session stylist. With this qualification, you can provide a broader range of services, including colour correction, chemical reformation, hair extensions, trichology, and even makeup application.

Unlocking qualifications through RPL

Rather than undertaking lengthy studies that cover the skills and knowledge you already have, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) offers an alternative pathway to get nationally recognised hairdressing qualifications. Through RPL, your existing expertise and industry experience are assessed, allowing you to fast-track your qualification process. 

Let Skills Certified do the hard work for you

At Skills Certified, we understand the unique needs of hairdressers and barbers seeking RPL qualifications. Our dedicated team will assist you in gathering the required evidence, mapping your skills to the relevant units of competency, and will provide guidance throughout.