What do I do if I hold an overseas hairdressing or barbering qualification and I want to work in South Australia?

Most professional and trade bodies in Australia (in conjunction with their respective government bodies) have a system to recognise and endorse that non-apprenticeship based workers have the appropriate qualification and are skilled to carry out his or her profession or trade. A non-apprenticed qualified professional or a non-apprenticed trade worker can apply for this recognition once they have worked in their industry for a period of time. This recognition of qualification plus experience and skill also applies to overseas hairdressers or barbers coming to work in South Australia (SA). A migrant who arrives in SA (even with an Australian recognised qualification such as a Cert III in Hairdressing or Barbering) also applies for this recognition and endorsement of their skill. In SA, the process is called the Skill Training Assessment & Recognition Panel (STAR) process. The STAR is run by SAHBA (Hair & Beauty Industry Association of South Australia Incorporated) the peak body for hairdressing (and beauty) in SA, in conjunction with the SA Traineeship & Apprenticeship Services (TAS) and the Office of Training & Skills Commission of South Australia (T&SC).

The STAR process is also in line with the South Australia Hairdressers Act 1988 (Act)*, which requires that hairdressers and barbers in SA must be qualified (and or recognised) as per the Act to carry out hairdressing for fee or reward. And this law also applies to overseas hairdressers or barbers working in SA. *Please note penalties may apply (between $1000 and $4000) for breaching this Act.

Therefore, when overseas hairdressers and barbers want to commence working in SA, they apply to have their qualifications and skill recognised and endorsed through this STAR process.

Applying for the STAR Process
Regardless of the type of Visa overseas qualified hairdressers or barbers may have coming into Australia, they need to apply to the STAR for industry recognition and regulatory indorsement. This is a simple, straightforward and relatively inexpensive process and once recognised, SAHBA will send them their industry recognised Certificate of Recognition from TAS and T&SC. This recognition will also allow them to go on the SA Qualified Hairdressers Register.

Fees and Costs for the STAR Panel
For more information and to apply to the STAR Panel go to (provide link). Alternatively, you can contact SAHBA on 0408 843 992 or 8271 1355 or at info@sahba.com.au

Recognition of Prior Learning for Overseas Qualified Workers
Hairdressers or barbers with overseas qualifications and who wish to obtain a Cert III in Hairdressing or Barbering can apply to a Registered Training Organisation or RTO for Recognition of Prior Learning or RPL.

When 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.

Please note: Once you successfully complete the RPL you will receive your Cert III. You can then apply to the STAR Panel for your Certificate of Recognition – the industry and regulatory recognition and endorsement.

Cost for RPL: Check with any of the following RTOs listed below for RPL in Hairdressing or Barbering in SA

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/
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