As a Full-time Institutional Student, do I have to have a Certificate of Recognition?

For a full-time Institutional Student, achieving your Cert III qualification is the first step in becoming validated and recognised you are not only qualified, but you are also a skilled and experienced hairdresser or barber.

To explain … after completing your Cert III Course, you will become a graduate. This allows you to work as a hairdresser or barber, although you are only entitled to be paid at a graduate level of pay (which is less than a fully qualified Level 3 skilled hairdresser or barber as specified in the Award). The final step in your journey to be fully recognised (and be paid) as a qualified, skilled and experienced hairdresser will occur once you have your Cert III AND your Certificate of Recognition.

Once an Institutional graduate has completed 12 months of full-time work in industry they can apply to the STAR Panel for their Certificate of Recognition, and if successful the graduate will receive a recommendation by SAHBA to Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services (TAS) and the Office of Training & Skills Commission of South Australia (T&SC) they be awarded a Certificate of Recognition. This Certificate of Recognition fully endorses you as a fully qualified, skilled and experienced hairdresser or barber by both industry and the relevant government body (TAS and T&SC).

Note: This will also allow you to apply for addition onto the SA Qualified Hairdressers Register.