SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering

This qualification reflects the role of barbers who use a range of well-developed sales, consultation and technical skills and knowledge to provide a broad range of barbering services to clients. They use discretion and judgement to provide client services and take responsibility for the outcomes of their work. This qualification provides a pathway to work as a barber in any industry environment, usually a barber shop or salon.

SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing

When you complete the Certificate III in Hairdressing you will be set for a creative career that will make you a cut above the rest as a hairdresser. This qualification will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to complete your apprenticeship course to work as a qualified hairdresser. You will use a range of welldeveloped skills such as the following to provide a service to clients and take responsibility of the outcomes of your work:

  • Shampoo and basin services
  • Colour and lighten hair
  • Cut hair using scissors and clippers
  • Style and finish hair
  • Highlighting
  • Straighten, relax and volumise hair with chemicaltreatments
  • Safe hygiene and work practices


Gain the skills to launch your career in the hairdressing industry as a salon assistant with SHB20216 Certificate II in Salon Assistant. This qualification is designed to give students practical and relevant skills and build a foundation to pursue further education and prepare them for career opportunities in the hairdressing industry. You will develop a range of basic practical skills and valuable industry knowledge that is used in hairdressing salons by individuals who aid with client services. You will learn a core set of skills including:

• Client consultation
• Communicate and prepare clients for services
• Conduct financial transactions
• Health and safety in the salon environment
• Application and removal of basic colour services
• Provide shampoo and basin services
• Blow-drying techniques
• Braiding hair
• Customer service and retail operations

The skills and knowledge are of an introductory level and are all undertaken under supervision in a classroom and simulated salon environment.

Certificate II in Salon Assistant is a preparatory qualification that allows
students to enter the industry at an assistant level and progress to a
hairdressing apprenticeship in this exciting and creative industry. The
combined skills and knowledge do not provide for a job outcome as
a hairdresser and this qualification is intended to prepare students for
further training.

SIR40316 Certificate IV in Retail Management

This is the ultimate management qualification specifically designed to meet the needs of the retail industry. Providing a pathway to work in a diverse range of retail settings including hairdressing salons, beauty salons, speciality retailers, supermarkets, department stores and quick service restaurants.

This qualification gives you the knowledge and ability to manage a salon or own and operate your own salon.

Functions in this qualification involve a broad range of business building ideas and experiences including human resources, recruiting staff, business planning, sustainability, financial management, marketing and promotion as well as strong leadership skills.

Students are supplied all products, equipment and resources included in the course cost unless detailed further.

Accreditation: Nationally recognised qualification Certificate IV level

Hairdressing Workshops & Refresher Courses

WA Academy also delivers workshops for the hairdressing industry for the purpose of expanding or refreshing your current skills or fine tuning an area of expertise. Workshops are delivered on a one-on-one basis from 10am to 2pm weekdays based on lecturer availability.

Colour & Lighten – Back to Basics

This refresher workshop will assist the qualified stylist or apprentice hairdresser with the skills and knowledge to confidently select and apply products to colour and lighten hair in a hairdressing salon. The products utilised are Wella and Redken. You will cover the underlying principles to colouring and lightening hair as well as the processes that are used in salons nowadays in Australia to achieve results clients are seeking.
Foiling Techniques

This course is fantastic to gain confidence in foiling and learn new sectioning patterns and placements. A great refresher course. You will need to have an understanding of colour fundamentals and basic foiling skills or have completed our Colour & Lighten – Back to Basics hairdressing workshop first.

Course content:

  • Grow confidence in your colour work
  • Sectioning ideas
  • Patterns and placement
  • Colour between foils
  • Using soft melting caramels and blondes to soften block colours (with no stripes)
  • Understanding colours charts and colour formulas
  • Learning the theory behind the colour wheel (related to all colour corrections)

Corrective Colour

This course is aimed at qualified hairdressers who have the basic understanding of colour theory, colour selection and foil hair reasonably well or have attended our Foiling Techniques hairdressing workshop. It will give you the confidence to tackle corrective colour situations in the salon.

Course content:

  • Diagnosing corrective
  • How to work faster and achieve high quality results
  • Working with different porosity hair and achieving great colour and condition
  • Combining different lightening products to achieve multi-tone/depths results
  • Perfecting tone of colour choice to suit skin tone
  • Achieving desired results when correcting colour issues

Cutting – Back to Basics

This back to basics cutting refresher course provides the very best foundation for boosting your skills and knowledge , which is only achieved by immersing yourself in hands-on practical work sessions and detailed tutorials. Our Cutting – Back to Basics workshop will give you the confidence to expand your repertoire and explore your talents. This cutting workshop concentrates on “classic techniques” thus expanding your range of cutting skills.

There is a strong emphasis on face shapes and bone structure. You will learn how to create styles for your clients based on their unique face shape and bone structure.

Student Profile:
Have you found that some styles requires a more technical approach that you may lack the skills or experience to achieve? If this is the case, then this course is for you. Ideal as a finishing course for recently or nearly qualified stylists who want to perfect their technical cutting skills or for stylists who want to revisit classic cutting techniques.
Classic Long Hair Up

This Classic Long Hair Up workshop covers a range of classic and beautiful up styles. You will gain the timeless skills to create a variety of classic looks on long hair!

Course content:

  • Braiding in both flat and raised method
  • Classic French rolls
  • Classic buns and pony tails the professional way with outstanding finish, suitable for close up photography
  • Learn back combing and teasing hair techniques
  • Using twists and barrel curls to create shapes and movements
  • Appropriate hair preparation to suit specific styling choice
  • Styling and finishing product choice and use
  • Correct use of bands, bobby pins and fringe pins
  • Observe modern styles created from the skills taught on the day
  • Create your own modern style using skills learnt on the day
  • Practical demonstrations and workshops
  • Good blow drying and styling skills are pre-requisites to attending this course

Perming – Back to Basics

This a new workshop that incorporates both classic and contemporary perming techniques. It is designed to help hairdressers with their current techniques and also move away from traditional methods to support today’s styles – bringing perming into 2014 and beyond.
Straightening Techniques

This Straightening Techniques workshop explores the world of hair straightening and relaxing, utilising Keratherapy, Brazil Cacua and Matrix Opti smooth.

All women desire fabulous hair. Enter professional straightening options the solution to transform frizzy, unruly, unmanageable hair into silky, gorgeous, touchable hair – quickly and effectively. Come and learn the techniques that will have your clients queuing to see you.

Creative Colouring

Our Creative Colour fashion techniques workshop is suggested for Seniors Stylists or 3rd year apprentices.

Course content:

  • High fashion colour trends and techniques to embrace the overall style
  • Using multi-colouring techniques
  • Catwalk inspired styles
  • Working with asymmetric shapes incorporating disconnected pieces infused with appropriate colour
  • The course content is very much trend related and will change direction and fashion with each season

Cutting – Creative Commercial

Our Cutting – Creative Commercial workshop is designed to help you achieve your personal best – season after season. This advanced course pushes the boundaries of hairdressing forward – the work is experiential, fashion forward, sometimes extreme, and always inspiring.

We will share our skills in order to illustrate the latest cutting techniques through demonstrations and guided work sessions. The course is designed to be interactive allowing you to seek help and ask questions.

Student Profile:
To fully absorb the outcomes of this course you must be a Senior Stylist or 3rd year apprentice and be able to cut all the classic techniques accurately.
Creative Long Hair Up

This Creative Long Hair Up workshop will show how you can use classic up styling techniques to create a range of modern and beautiful up styles with a twist often seen on catwalks around the world.

Course Content:

Modern twist on buns and ponytails the catwalk way
Modern French rolls
Perfecting your back combing and teasing hair techniques
Using twists and barrel curls to create shapes and movements
Appropriate hair preparation to suit specific styling choice
Styling and finishing product choice and use
Correct use of bands, bobby pins and fringe pins
Observe modern styles created from the skills taught on the day
Create your own modern style using skills learnt on the day
Practical demonstrations and workshops
Good blow drying and styling skills are pre-requisites to attending this course

Non-accredited training (workshop only)