Holding a Certificate II in Hairdressing does not qualify you to apply for the STAR (Skill Training Assessment & Recognition) Program, nor give you enough training or experience for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

However, there are two other pathways that we suggest for you to become a qualified and fully recognised hairdresser or barber.

Option 1 – Start an apprenticeship
An apprenticeship is a contract of training between the apprentice, the employer and the Registered Training Provider (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 plus their Trade Papers from the Office of Training and Skills Commission. Both their Cert III and their Trade Papers certify they are legally qualified, skilled and recognised as per the South Australia Hairdressers Act 1988 (Act) to carry out the trade in SA (and therefore they do not need to go through the STAR Panel).

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

Time: Normally takes three and a half years. For more information about apprenticeships

***need to add a link her to the information on apprenticeships through the Australian Government)

Option 2 – Complete a Nationally Accredited Course (also known as an Institutional Course) in Cert III Hairdressing or Barbering, *followed by 1-year industry experience and then apply to the STAR Panel.

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

*** check which RTOs listed below conduct full-time courses for hairdressing and barbering