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Where does the Certificate II in Hairdressing take you?

All successful hairdressers possess a combination of academic competence, creativity and an outgoing personality. Hairdressing is a dynamic career choice, it is a universally recognised career pathway worldwide. Once qualified, the pathways for a hairdresser are numerous, it is up to the individual where they would like to take their career. Whether they follow an artistic, educational or business pathway, hairdressing can be a lifelong career.

The Certificate II in Hairdressing (SHB20116) will prepare you for work in a hairdressing team as a salon assistant. Candidates will become an expert in a range of basic hairdressing services as well as communicating in the workplace, interacting with clients and assisting colleagues and expanding your knowledge of the hairdressing industry.

This certificate will allow candidates to perform a limited variety of hairdressing tasks, interact with customers and provide customer service, demonstrate effective hairdressing work practices, follow workplace safety procedures, provide assistance to colleagues and the developing hairdressing industry. Students will learn to work as part of a team in a hairdressing environment, and become experienced in communication skills in the workplace, consulting with clients and selling products and services. This certificate provides students with an overview of the industry and helps acquire practical skills in hairdressing to help gain employment as a hairdressing apprentice.

Hairdressing salon assistants are employed to assist in the running of a salon. They perform general duties such as welcoming clients, making appointments and general housekeeping. Salon assistants are required to spend most of the day on their feet and are usually required to work flexible hours to fit in with salon hours of business. With a very high level of customer contact, salon assistants need to be well presented with exceptional communication skills.

The Certificate III in Hairdressing (SHB30416) is the training program you need to enable you to work as a hairdresser in a hairdressing salon. Upon commencing this hairdressing course, you will learn all the skills and knowledge required to work independently as a hairdresser within a salon team. A great benefit to completing this course successfully is it provides candidates with the industry current techniques which allow for a dynamic and ever-evolving career in the hairdressing industry.

The Certificate III in Hairdressing has been designed to provide candidates with the tools and skills you need to work within a salon as a fully qualified hairdresser. Candidates will study the following modules:

  • Hair styling and design
  • Haircutting
  • Colouring hair (permanent colour, highlighting, semi permanent)
  • Chemical reformation of hair (chemical curling and straightening)
  • Client consultation advice
  • Hair and scalp treatments
  • Promoting products and services
  • Knowledge surrounding the science of hair, salon and personal safety and tool maintenance

After completing the Certificate III in Hairdressing candidates can seek employment as a hairdresser in a hairdressing salon, opportunities are also available to work as a session stylist for photography shoots or as a hairdresser in film and television. Available career opportunities after completing this certificate includes:

Salon Hairdresser

Salon hairdressers cut, style, colour, straighten and permanently style hair and provide clients with hair and scalp treatments. Salon hairdressers must be able to talk to clients about their requirements, cut hair using clippers, scissors or razors, provide services such as colouring, bleaching and applying treatment. This role also requires employees to attend hairdressing seminars and training in order to keep up to date with new products and techniques.

Salon Stylist

Hair stylists use a variety of methods to enhance the beauty of clients’ hair. They perform services such as shampooing, trimming, cutting, blow drying and colouring. They also advise clients on how to manage their hair and apply design work to their hair. The hair stylist needs to communicate with their clients to determine their hair-care requirements and provide advice on how to manage it.

Colour Specialist

A colour specialist role is to change the colour of hair with reactive chemicals. Using an application tool, such as a brush or wand, the colour specialist then applies the solution that will lighten or darken the hair. Hair colourists must be great communicators in order to reach an understanding about the desired outcomes and looks for their clients. The colour specialist is also responsible for timing the process to obtain the desired results.

Company Technician

A company technician provides various services such as shampooing, conditioning, cutting, styling, dying, treatments, facial hair removal and wig management.

Salon Owner

The specific job duties of a salon owner can vary, usually duties include interacting with clients, hairstyling and performing other beauty procedures. Additionally, salon owners may provide aesthetic services such as waxing, makeup application and skincare. On the business side, a salon owner’s responsibilities may include accounting, staff management, marketing and salon design. The salon owner must ensure the business is clean and sanitary and confirm all employees have up-to-date licenses and certifications.

At Kangan Institute, candidates will learn from industry expert teachers, coupled with a new purpose built training salon to provide a real work environment to launch a career in the hair and beauty industry. Candidates will learn the latest techniques but also what it takes to deliver a high-standard service that future clients will remember. With access to visual merchandising through to customer service and barista skills, the key focus is to make candidate's work ready.

Once candidates have completed their certification, students will then be eligible for a full time position in any of these career paths and be able to work within the hairdressing industry with their newly acquired skills.

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