What do I do if I’ve been working in the industry as a hairdresser or barber with no qualifications for less than 10 years?

If you been working in the industry as a hairdresser or barber with no qualifications for less than 10 years you do not qualify for industry recognition and will not be able to apply for the STAR process.

Instead, there are three possible pathways you can take in order to become a qualified and or recognised hairdresser or barber in SA.

  1. Apply to a Registered Training Organisation or RTO for Recognition of Prior Learning or RPL.
  2. Start an apprenticeship in hairdressing or barbering.
  3. Become a fulltime student undertaking a National Accredited Course (also known as an Institutional Course).

Applying to a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

An option for a worker who has been working in the industry as a hairdresser or barber for less than 10 years but with no qualifications, is to apply to a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If successful, they will gain a Cert III qualification in hairdressing or barbering.

If you apply for RPL with an RTO, you will be tested against the equivalent module or units in the relevant hairdressing/barbering Course. Success in a module or unit means you will be assessed as having completed that module or unit.

Cost for RPL:  You will need to contact one of the RTOs listed below who conduct RPL for Hairdressing or Barbering.

RTOPhoneWebsite
TAFE SA(08) 8207 8412www.tafesa.edu.au/courses/hair-beauty
Clip Joint Education(08) 8223 5600www.clipjoint.com.au/
Parlour Academy
(08) 8231 2755
www.parlouracademy.com.au/
Colour Cosmetica(08) 8232 5188www.colourcosmetica.com/
Barber the Craft of a Barber
(Barbering Only)
(08) 8221 5452www.barbery.com.au/
Adelaide Institute of Hair & Beauty(08) 8123 2303www.aihb.net.au

Please note: Achieving your Cert III qualification through RPL is the first step in becoming validated and recognised as a fully qualified, skilled and experienced hairdresser or barber in SA. Once you have your Cert III you can apply to the STAR Panel for your Certificate of Recognition and if successful, SAHBA will recommend to Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services (TAS) and the Office of Training & Skills Commission of South Australia (T&SC) that you be awarded a Certificate of Recognition. This Certificate of Recognition fully endorses you as a fully qualified and skilled hairdresser or barber in SA and it will also entitle you to the full Level 3 pay rate in the Award and also qualify you to go onto the SA Qualified Hairdressers Register.

Start an Apprenticeship

Another option for someone who has been working in the industry as a hairdresser or barber for less than 10 years but with no qualifications, is to start an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship is a contract of training between the apprentice, the employer and the Registered Training Organisation (RTO). A hairdressing or barbering apprenticeship normally takes three and a half years during which time the apprentice works in the salon and also goes to an RTO for “off the job” training. At the completion of a successful apprenticeship the apprentice receives a Cert III qualification in Hairdressing or Barbering and they also receive their Certificate of Competency or “Trade Papers” from Traineeship & Apprenticeship Services (TAS) and the Office of Training & Skills Commission of South Australia (T&SC).

Note: An apprentice that has their Cert III and their Trade Papers is certified they are legally qualified, skilled and recognised by their industry and the South Australia Hairdressers Act 1988 (Act) to carry out the trade in SA. Therefore, hairdressers and barbers that have completed their apprenticeship are not required to go through the STAR Panel for any further industry recognition.

Duration of an apprenticeship: Normally takes three and a half years. However, if you start an apprenticeship – and have already been working as a hairdresser or barber, and depending on your past experience and your skill, you may be able to complete your apprenticeship sooner.

Cost to undertake an apprenticeship: There are no (or very little) costs, and apprentices are paid a wage during their apprenticeship.

For more information about apprenticeships see here: https://www.employment.gov.au/apprenticeships-and-traineeships

Become a full-time student undertaking a Nationally Accredited Course (also known as an Institutional Course)

The third option for someone working in the industry for less than 10 years as a hairdresser or barber with no qualifications is to undertake a National Accredited Course (also known as an Institutional Course). This involves completing a Cert III in Hairdressing or Barbering and once you have this qualification you can apply for a Certificate of Recognition through the STAR Panel (link).

Duration: Can vary between 12-24 months. Refer to participating RTOs below for more information.

Cost of Full Time Course: You will need to contact one of the following RTOs for the cost of this Course.

RTOPhoneWebsite
TAFE SA (08) 8207 8412www.tafesa.edu.au/courses/hair-beauty
Clip Joint Education (08) 8223 5600www.clipjoint.com.au/
Parlour Academy(08) 8231 2755www.parlouracademy.com.au/
Colour Cosmetica(08) 8232 5188www.colourcosmetica.com/
Barbery the Craft of a Barber (barbering only)(08) 8221 5452www.barbery.com.au/
Adelaide Institute of Hair & Beauty(08) 8123 2303www.aihb.net.au

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some differences between an apprenticeship and full-time study in an Institutional course?

What is a Certificate of Recognition?

What is the STAR Process?

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

How do I apply to SAHBA and the STAR Panel for my Certificate of Recognition?

Who is SAHBA and do I have to be a member of SAHBA to apply for the STAR Process?