Qualification details

WRH40109 - Certificate IV in Hairdressing (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by SIH40111 - Certificate IV in HairdressingSIH40111 replaces WRH40109 as the intent of the qualification remains unchanged.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
Supersedes and is equivalent to WRH40106 - Certificate IV in Hairdressing 19/Apr/2011

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 18/Apr/2011

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleEssentialSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Essential column
BSBRES401A - Analyse and present research informationAnalyse and present research informationN/A
BSBSMB301A - Investigate micro business opportunitiesInvestigate micro business opportunitiesN/A
BSBSMB401A - Establish legal and risk management requirements of small businessEstablish legal and risk management requirements of small businessN/A
BSBSMB403A - Market the small businessMarket the small businessN/A
BSBSMB404A - Undertake small business planningUndertake small business planningN/A
BSBSMB405A - Monitor and manage small business operationsMonitor and manage small business operationsN/A
BSBSMB407A - Manage a small teamManage a small teamN/A
CUVPHI05A - Use a 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalentUse a 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalentN/A
HLTFA301B - Apply first aidApply first aidN/A
SIRXCCS003A - Coordinate interaction with customersCoordinate interaction with customersN/A
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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 Senior Hairdresser,Session Stylist 

Classification history

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

Not applicable.


The Certificate IV in Hairdressing has been designed to expand the development of the complex technical skills and knowledge of hairdressing practitioners.

Likely functions in the hairdressing industry for those who achieve this qualification may include employment as a highly skilled hairdresser, working as part of a salon team or coordinating a salon team; a technical adviser 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 make-up application.

Pathways Information

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Entry advice 

Entry to this qualification is open to persons who can demonstrate competence in relevant units contained within the Certificate III in Hairdressing. Information regarding relevant units is listed under the heading Relationship Between Units  commencing on page eight (8) of the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Language , literacy and numeracy advice 

The National Reporting System informs the identification and description of underpinning English language, literacy and numeracy features and requirements within competency standards. The learner's language, literacy and numeracy levels are expected to be equivalent to Level 3 of the National Reporting System.

Reading and writing  - a learner will be able to read, interpret and write a range of texts within a variety of contexts.

Oral communication  - a learner will be able to use and respond to spoken language within a variety of contexts.

Numeracy and mathematics  - a learner will be able to recognise and use a variety of conventions and symbols of formal mathematics.

WRH40109 Certificate IV in Hairdressing 

Qualification requirements 

Employability Skills Summary

Employability Skills Summary 

WHR40106 Certificate IV in Hairdressing 

The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills required 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 :


Use questioning and active listening to ascertain and respond to client needs to ensure clients enjoy a positive experience that reflects salon values. Negotiate responsively with client to suggest new looks, products and services and to ensure and confirm client satisfaction. Give clear instructions to apprentices and other team members and listen to and carry out verbal instructions from other team members and supervisors. Read and interpret product and equipment manufacturers instructions and other work related documents. Complete written workplace forms and share work related information with other team members.


Work collaboratively with other team members, supporting the team, respecting and understanding others views and giving and receiving feedback in the context of a salon environment where employees are expected to perform their individual tasks but also look for opportunities to assist others during peak client service periods. Share technical expertise and act as a mentor and trouble shooter for less experienced team members.

Problem solving 

Demonstrate sensitivity to client needs and concerns, anticipating problems and acting to avoid them where possible. Solve technical hairdressing and service problems Independently and provide technical problem solving leadership to other hairdressers.

Initiative and enterprise 

Act independently as freelance session stylist or within the context of a salon team or manufacturers technical team structure. Regularly suggest new hairdressing design, service and product ideas to clients.

Planning and organising 

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


Understand and follow workplace policies regarding work availability, rosters and work duties. Work effectively within a team culture by practising inclusive behaviour, effective management of personal presentation, hygiene, and time; and the ability to efficiently and independently prioritise and complete technical tasks.


Identify personal strengths and weaknesses in the context of the job role and recognise how to personally develop as a hairdressing technical leader. Consistently seek opportunities to learn new ways of doing things and implement changes within the specific hairdressing job role and wider industry product and technical developments.


Seek and Use and maintain a range of hairdressing and small business technology; in the context of available equipment and salon procedures. Recognise and report faulty equipment and follow salon occupational health and safety procedures.

Due to the high proportion of electives required by this qualification, the industry/enterprise requirements described above for each Employability Skill are representative of the hairdressing industry in general and may not reflect specific job roles. Learning and assessment strategies for this qualification should be based on the requirements of the units of competency for this qualification.

Packaging Rules

WRH40109 Certificate IV in Hairdressing 

Qualification requirements 

To achieve a Certificate IV in Hairdressing, 11 units must be completed comprising:

  • 7 core units, plus
  • 4 elective units. At least 2 units may be selected from list below or another endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

Core units  - complete all 7 units of competency 


Perform on scalp full head and re-touch bleach services


Solve complex colour problems


Design and perform creative haircuts


Design and apply long hair design finishes


Work as a session stylist


Coordinate work teams


Maintain store safety


Elective units  - complete 4 of the following units of competency 


Apply chemical reformation techniques to enhance hair designs


Select and apply hair extensions


Apply and maintain wigs and hairpieces


Make wigs and hairpieces


Apply knowledge of hair and scalp problems to trichological consultations


Perform trichological assessments


Apply the principles of nutrition


Develop and apply scalp treatment therapies


Analyse and present research information


Investigate mirco business opportunities


Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business


Market the small business


Undertake small business planning


Monitor and manage business operations


Manage a small team


Use a 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalent


Contribute to assessment


Plan and organise assessment


Assess competence


Develop assessment tools

Elective units  (continued )


Participate in assessment validation


Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills


Plan and organise group-based delivery


Provide first aid


Investigate new products and services


Design and apply make-up


Design and apply make-up for photography


Coordinate interaction with customers


Balance point-of-sale terminal


Maintain and order stock


Create a display


Develop innovative ideas at work


Build relationships with customers

Two of these four units may be substituted by units from the following endorsed Training Packages, must relate to the core function or role of the candidate's current or intended work environment, and must be from a Certificate IV or Diploma qualification:

  • WRB04 Beauty Training Package
  • BSB07 Business Services Training Package
  • CUE03 Entertainment Training Package
  • SIR07 Retail Services Training Package.