Certificate II in Salon Assistant

Course Code: SHB20216
Study Area:
Hair and Beauty

Start date: February 2020

If your goal is to work as a hairdresser, this course can give you a head start.

This nationally recognised qualification will give you the basic knowledge and skills required to commence work in a hairdressing salon as a salon assistant. You will gain genuine hands-on experience working with real clients in our on-campus training salon.

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself.

  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure


This qualification is nationally recognised.

Possible careers
  • This qualification may help you to find employment as an apprentice hairdresser. A hairdressing qualification can lead to many work opportunities, from owning your own salon to working at fashion shows or in film and television.


Course overview

This is a preparatory qualification which provides a defined and limited range of basic skills and knowledge used in hairdressing salons by individuals who provide assistance with client services. These routine and repetitive tasks are completed under direct supervision and with guidance from hairdressers who manage the client service.

The combined skills and knowledge do not provide for a job outcome as a hairdresser and this qualification is intended to prepare individuals for further training..

How to apply
Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Demonstration
  • Written test
  • Practical Assessment

Learning options

Key study areas
  • Shampooing
  • Blow drying hair
  • Braiding hair
  • Maintaining salon tools
  • Drying hair to basic styles
  • Contributing to health & safety
  • Greeting & preparing clients for salon services

Further study opportunities


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$954.75
Concession - average total course fee*$190.95
Full fee - average total course fee*$3,989.85
B.   Materials average fee**$436.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$34.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 13/03/2019 6:10 PM

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