Course Overview

Course Code SHB40216
Course Title Certificate IV in Hairdressing
Location Melbourne City Campus
Intake Dates Monthly
Fee Type Government Funding, Concession, Full Fee
Duration 6 months

– Become a Qualified Hairdresser.
– Get Salon-ready.
– Flexible learning.
– Experienced Instructors.
– Melbourne CBD Location.
– Hands-On Training.

SHB40216 Certificate IV in Hairdressing is ideal for learners who have completed Certificate III in Hairdressing and who wish to enhance & extend their training and career options. SHB40216 Certificate IV in Hairdressing qualification reflects the role of skilled senior hairdressers who use a range of highly developed sales, consultation and technical skills and knowledge to provide a broad range of hairdressing services to clients. These senior hairdressers provide specialist services in one or more areas including haircutting, design, colouring and complex colour correction, trichology and chemical reformation. They work independently and many hairdressers at this level provide technical leadership, training and support to team members.


Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge questions
  • Research and Report/Assignment writing
  • Case studies/Simulated scenarios
  • Workplace Practical Demonstration

Units of Competency

The SHB40216 Certificate IV in Hairdressing requires 11 units of competency.

Core Units

SHBHTLS001 – Provide technical leadership to hairdressing teams
SHBHTLS002 – Research and use hairdressing trends to advance creative work

Elective Units

SHBHCLS006 – Solve complex colour problems
SHBHCUT008 – Design and perform creative haircuts
SHBHDES005 – Select and apply hair extensions
SHBHDES006 – Design and style long hair creatively
SHBHREF003 – Straighten and relax hair with protein treatments
BSBMKG413 – Promote products and services
BSBWOR502 – Lead and manage team effectiveness
SHBBMUP003 – Design and apply make-up for photography
BSBINN301 – Promote innovation in a team environment

Credit Transfer and RPL offered: Recognition of prior learning and skills assessment

Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who have:

  • Achieved a Certificate III in Hairdressing (or equivalent); and
  • At least one year post-qualification full time employment experience as a hairdresser in a Salon environment where they have applied the skills and knowledge covered in the above (or equivalent) qualification.

Learning (ACSF Level 4), reading (ACSF Level 4), writing (ACSF Level 3), oral communication (ACSF Level 4) and numeracy (ACSF Level 3) are desirable to participate in the course.


Fee Types

Government Funding Concession Full Fee
 $255.00  $51.00  $3,825.00

Other costs required for this qualification

Material Fee – Resource Material Fee – Toolkit/Product
Non-Apprenticeship $90.00 $1,285.17


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* Material fees may apply
* The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment



Learners who successfully complete this qualification may pathway may undertake:

  • SHB50216 Diploma of Salon Management
  • SHB80116 Graduate Certificate in Hairdressing Creative Leadership

Your Career

This qualification may provide possible job titles

  • Senior Hairdresser in a salon
  • A freelance session stylist
  • A technical advisor in product companies