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What will I learn?

Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Hairdressing will give you the perfect mix of theoretical knowledge and practical skills for an exciting career in hairstyling.

The course is also available as an apprenticeship.

A world of colour

You will learn to use a range of sales, consultation and technical skills and knowledge to provide a broad range of hairdressing services to clients such as:

  • Cutting
  • color
  • Design skills from short to long hair
  • Braiding
  • Chemical and keratin protein straightening
  • Manage appointment booking systems
  • Planning services for special events
  • Hair show Competitions/Presentations

You will gain the confidence and skills to use discretion and judgement to provide client services while learning how to coordinate a salon team and sell various products and services.

Modes of Delivery

Simulated salon, Classroom

Assessment Methods

Assessment is competency based. Satisfactory completion of each learning outcome is required. Some competencies may be assessed through course work while others may be achieved through on-the-job training.

Pathways to further study

At Melbourne Polytechnic, we provide seamless pathways towards higher qualifications.

Career Pathways

On successful completion of this course, you may enter the industry as a hairdresser.

Which department am I in?

Department of Visual Arts



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$16,384.00 (US$ 12,171) per year
Tuition fees per semester: AUD $7,234

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 January 2022, 11 July 2022


Melbourne Polytechnic

Preston Campus,

77 St Georges Road,



3072, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Academic: Australian Year 11 equivalency or higher.

English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognized equivalency. TOEFL iBT: 49 overall (Writing: 18, Speaking: 16, Reading: 8, Listening: 7); Cambridge English Scale (Cambridge: First (FCE), Cambridge: Advanced (CAE), Cambridge: Proficiency (CPE)): 162 overall (individual bands: 154); Melbourne Polytechnic: ELICOS - 2+ ISLPR overall individual bands: min ISLPR 2.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Melbourne Polytechnic

Melbourne Polytechnic provides a wide range of innovative and practical courses, with personalised pathways through flexible study options.

  • One of the largest providers of education in Victoria
  • Teaches technical, further education and degree programs
  • Awarded for Excellence in International Education
  • Home to international students from over 70 countries