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SHB40216 - Certificate IV in Hairdressing (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 31/Mar/2016

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to SIH40111 - Certificate IV in HairdressingEquivalent • Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages • Entry requirement provides more clarity. • Packaging rules amended to ensure selection of electives pertaining to core job outcome. • Total number of units for completion remains at 11. 30/Mar/2016

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Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
BSBINN301 - Promote innovation in a team environmentPromote innovation in a team environment Elective
BSBMKG413 - Promote products and servicesPromote products and services Elective
BSBWOR502 - Lead and manage team effectivenessLead and manage team effectiveness Elective
SHBBMUP003 - Design and apply make-up for photographyDesign and apply make-up for photography Elective
SHBHCLS006 - Solve complex colour problemsSolve complex colour problems Elective
SHBHCLS007 - Enhance hair designs using creative colouring and lightening techniquesEnhance hair designs using creative colouring and lightening techniques Elective
SHBHCUT006 - Create combined haircut structuresCreate combined haircut structures Elective
SHBHCUT008 - Design and perform creative haircutsDesign and perform creative haircuts Elective
SHBHDES004 - Create classic long hair up-stylesCreate classic long hair up-styles Elective
SHBHDES005 - Select and apply hair extensionsSelect and apply hair extensions Elective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 391111 Hairdresser 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1103 Personal Services 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Hairdressing 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Senior Hairdresser,Session Stylist 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 391111 Hairdresser 09/Aug/2016 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1103 Personal Services 09/Aug/2016 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 31/Mar/2016 
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Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of skilled senior hairdressers who use a range of highly developed sales, consultation and technical skills and knowledge to provide a broad range of hairdressing services to clients. These senior hairdressers provide specialist services in one or more areas including haircutting, design, colouring and complex colour correction, trichology and chemical reformation. They work independently and many hairdressers at this level provide technical leadership, training and support to team members

This qualification provides a pathway to work as a senior hairdresser in a salon environment, a freelance session stylist or a technical advisor in product companies.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who have:

1. achieved a Certificate III in Hairdressing (or equivalent); and 

2. at least one year post-qualification full time employment experience as a hairdresser in a salon environment where they have applied the skills and knowledge covered in the above (or equivalent) qualification.

Packaging Rules

11 units must be completed:

  • 2 core units
  • 9 elective units, consisting of:
  • 4 units from Group A
  • 3 units from Group A or Group B
  • 2 additional units from Group B, elsewhere in the SHB Training Package, or any other current Training Package or accredited course.

The selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the complexity of skills appropriate to the AQF level of this qualification.

Core Units 


Provide technical leadership to hairdressing teams


Research and use hairdressing trends to advance creative work

Elective Units 

Group A Hairdressing Technical 


Solve complex colour problems


Enhance hair designs using creative colouring and lightening techniques


Create combined haircut structures


Design and perform creative haircuts


Create classic long hair up-styles


Select and apply hair extensions


Design and style long hair creatively


Apply and maintain wigs and hairpieces


Make wigs and hairpieces


Curl and volumise hair with chemical treatments


Straighten and relax hair with protein treatments


Enhance hair designs using chemical reformation techniques

Group B General Electives 


Promote innovation in a team environment


Promote products and services


Lead and manage team effectiveness


Design and apply make-up for photography


Work as a session stylist


Conduct trichological assessments


Develop and apply scalp treatment therapies


Plan assessment activities and processes


Assess competence


Provide work skill instruction


Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace

Qualification Mapping Information

SIH40111 Certificate IV in Hairdressing


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