What do I do if I have completed a Certificate III in hairdressing or barbering but have not completed the required 12 months post certificate industry experience (as required in the Hair & Beauty Industry Award 2020)?

According to the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010, once a student has achieved a Certificate III in Hairdressing or Barbering, they are considered Graduates. The Hair & Beauty Award 2010 requires Graduates to then do a further 12 months working in industry before they can apply to become recognised as a fully qualified and skilled hairdresser or barber. To explain, a Nationally Accredited Course or Institutional Course is only Step 1 in becoming fully qualified in South Australia. Once you’ve completed your Certificate III you are expected to do a further 12-month period working in industry full-time (or part-time equivalent).

It is only then after completing this 12-month period in industry that you can apply to the STAR Panel to receive your Certificate of Recognition from the government. This Certificate of Recognition allows you to be legally recognised as a fully qualified and skilled hairdresser or barber to work in South Australia.

Note: Once you’ve completed your Certificate III you are paid as a Graduate as per the award. Once you’ve had your 12-months industry experience and received your Certificate of Recognition, you are then able to be paid as a Level 3 Hairdresser or Barber.

About the STAR Panel

For hairdressers or barbers that have their Cert III qualification, the Skill Training Assessment and Recognition (STAR) Panel allows them to apply to become recognised as having appropriate qualifications and experience to practice hairdressing in SA. Once recognised, they can also apply to go onto the SA Qualified Hairdressers Register.

To apply to the STAR Panel go to (provide link)  or  for more information or to register contact SAHBA on 0408 843 992 or at info@sahba.com.au

Who is SAHBA and do I have to be a member of SAHBA to apply?