Qualification details

SIH40111 - Certificate IV in Hairdressing (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to SHB40216 - Certificate IV in HairdressingEquivalent • Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages • Entry requirement provides more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
Supersedes WRH40109 - Certificate IV in HairdressingSIH40111 replaces WRH40109 as the intent of the qualification remains unchanged. A more flexible approach to packaging has been adopted. New units that build on specialised technical skills and technical leadership have been included. The total number of units required to complete this qualification remains at 11 units. The number of core units has decreased from 7 to 2 units. The number of elective units has increased from 4 to 9 units. 19/Jul/2011

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 19/Aug/2013
(View details for release 1) 20/Jul/2011

Units of competency

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SIHHHDS304A - Design and apply classic long hair up stylesDesign and apply classic long hair up stylesSupersededElective
SIHHHCS306A - Combine structures for current haircut designsCombine structures for current haircut designsSupersededElective
SIHHHSC404A - Perform trichological assessmentsPerform trichological assessmentsSupersededElective
BSBMKG413A - Promote products and servicesPromote products and servicesSupersededElective
SIRXQUA002A - Lead a team to foster innovationLead a team to foster innovationDeletedElective
SIHHHRS405A - Apply chemical reformation techniques to enhance hair designsApply chemical reformation techniques to enhance hair designsSupersededElective
SIHHTLS401A - Provide technical leadership within the hairdressing contextProvide technical leadership within the hairdressing contextSupersededCore
TAEASS402A - Assess competenceAssess competenceSupersededElective
SIHHHDS407A - Apply and maintain wigs and hairpiecesApply and maintain wigs and hairpiecesSupersededElective
SIHHHDS305A - Select and apply hair extensionsSelect and apply hair extensionsSupersededElective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 391111 Hairdresser 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4931-11 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 Session Stylist,Senior Hairdresser 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 391111 Hairdresser 18/Nov/2011 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4931-11 Hairdresser 18/Nov/2011 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1103 Personal Services 18/Nov/2011 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 20/Jul/2011 
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Modification History

The release details of this endorsed qualification are set out in the table below. The latest information is at the top.




Metadata corrections.

Editorial update to Pathways Information.


Initial release.


This qualification reflects the role of highly skilled senior hairdressers who develop complex technical skills and knowledge working as part of or coordinating a salon team. It includes senior hairdressers who work as technical advisers with a hairdressing products company; or independently as a freelance session stylist. Functions at this level include the self-directed application of a broad range of knowledge and skills and the provision of technical leadership, training and support to colleagues. A hairdresser at this level may provide specialist services, including haircutting, hair design, hair colouring, complex colour correction, hair extensions, chemical reformation, trichology and makeup application.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Job roles 

Senior hairdresser

Pathways Information

After achieving SIH40111 Certificate IV in Hairdressing individuals may undertake:

  • SIB50210 Diploma of Salon Management
  • SIH80113 Graduate Certificate in Hairdressing Creative Leadership.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Entry Requirements

The Certificate IV in Hairdressing is designed to build on the foundation skills acquired through the completion of the Certificate III in Hairdressing or equivalent.

Entry to this qualification is open to those who have vocational expertise in the hairdressing industry.

Vocational expertise must include a minimum of 2 of the 3 points below:

  • experience as an operator in a commercially run salon
  • provision of cutting, styling and chemical services
  • establishment of a clientele base

Employability Skills Summary

The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills as identified by the hairdressing industry for this qualification. The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill 

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include: 


Using questioning and active listening to ascertain and respond to client needs to ensure clients enjoy a positive experience that reflects salon values; negotiating responsively with client to suggest new looks, products and services and to ensure and confirm client satisfaction; giving clear instructions to apprentices and other team members; listening to and carrying out verbal instructions from other team members and supervisors; reading and interpreting product and equipment manufacturer instructions and other work related documents; completing written workplace forms; sharing work-related information with other team members.


Working collaboratively with other team members; supporting the team; respecting and understanding others views and giving and receiving feedback; sharing technical expertise and acting as a mentor and trouble shooter for less experienced team members.


Demonstrating sensitivity to client needs and concerns; anticipating problems and acting to avoid them where possible; solving technical hairdressing and service problems independently; providing technical problem solving and leadership to other hairdressers.

Initiative and enterprise

Acting independently as freelance session stylist or within the context of a salon team or manufacturers technical team structure; regularly suggesting new hairdressing design, service and product ideas to clients.

Planning and organising

Using a broad range of products and equipment to plan and carry out complex technical hairdressing and hair design services.


Understanding and following workplace policies regarding work availability, rosters and work duties; working effectively within a team culture by practising inclusive behaviour, effective management of personal presentation, hygiene, and time; efficiently and independently prioritising and completing technical tasks.


Identifying personal strengths and weaknesses in the context of the job role; recognising how to personally develop as a hairdressing technical leader; consistently seeking opportunities to learn new ways of doing things; implementing changes within the specific hairdressing job role and wider industry product and technical developments.


Seeking, using and maintaining a range of hairdressing and small business technology in the context of available equipment and salon procedures; recognising and reporting faulty equipment and following salon occupational health and safety procedures.

Packaging Rules

11 units must be completed:

  • 2 core units
  • 9 elective units:
  • a minimum of 4 units must be selected from Group A Hairdressing technical skill electives
  • the remaining units may be selected from the Group B General elective units or another endorsed Training Package or accredited course; these must be units which are first packaged at AQF level 4 or 5.

In all cases selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the characteristics of this qualification (as per the AQF descriptors).

Core units 


Provide technical leadership within the hairdressing context


Research and utilise hairdressing trends to advance creative work

Elective units 

Group A – Hairdressing technical skills 


Solve complex colour problems


Apply creative colouring and lightening techniques to enhance hair designs


Combine structures for current haircut designs


Design and perform creative haircuts


Design and apply classic long hair up styles


Select and apply hair extensions


Design and apply creative long hair designs


Apply and maintain wigs and hairpieces


Make wigs and hairpieces


Perform protein straightening and relaxing treatments


Apply chemical reformation techniques to enhance hair designs

Group B – General elective units 


Promote products and services


Design and apply make-up for photography


Apply knowledge of hair and scalp problems to trichological consultations


Perform trichological assessments


Apply the principles of nutrition


Develop and apply scalp treatment therapies


Work as a session stylist


Coordinate work teams


Lead and manage people


Lead a team to foster innovation


Provide work skill instruction


Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace


Plan assessment activities and processes


Assess competence