Qualification details

WRH40209 - Certificate IV in Trichology (Release 1)


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DeletedDeleted from WRH06 Hairdressing Training Package19/Jul/2011
Supersedes and is equivalent to WRH40206 - Certificate IV in Trichology19/Apr/2011

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 18/Apr/2011

Units of competency

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WRHHS405A - Apply the principles of nutritionApply the principles of nutritionSupersededN/A
SIRXOHS001A - Apply safe working practicesApply safe working practicesSupersededN/A
WRHHS407A - Perform hair loss diagnosisPerform hair loss diagnosisDeletedN/A
BSBSMB403A - Market the small businessMarket the small businessSupersededN/A
SIRXIND001A - Work effectively in a retail environmentWork effectively in a retail environmentSupersededN/A
WRHCS202B - Maintain tools and equipmentMaintain tools and equipmentSupersededN/A
HLTCOM404B - Communicate effectively with clientsCommunicate effectively with clientsSupersededN/A
WRHHS409A - Design and apply hair loss therapiesDesign and apply hair loss therapiesDeletedN/A
HLTCOM405B - Administer a practiceAdminister a practiceSupersededN/A
BSBRES401A - Analyse and present research informationAnalyse and present research informationSupersededN/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 Trichologist 

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 Trichology has been designed to further develop the skills and knowledge of qualified hairdressers who wish to practice in this area and also for persons who do not have a hairdressing background but wish to practice in a complementary field.

Likely functions in the hairdressing industry for those who achieve this qualification may involve employment as a trichologist within a hairdressing salon or complementary health services environment, or managing and delivering trichology services via an independent clinical practice. Functions at this level include the self-directed application of a broad range of knowledge and skills. The clinical trichologist at this level would apply the principles of hair and scalp science to trichological consultations, consult with clients/patients, develop and apply scalp treatment therapies, apply the principles of nutrition, perform trichological assessments, perform hair loss diagnosis, design and apply nutritional therapies to benefit hair growth and condition, and design and apply hair loss therapies.

Pathways Information

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Entry advice 

Entry to this qualification by persons without prior hairdressing industry experience or formal qualifications is permitted.

Those wishing to gain entry to the Certificate IV in Trichology qualification should have sufficient relevant skills and knowledge to indicate likely success at this level of qualification. This could be demonstrated by evidence of:

  • successful completion of health, human development, biology and/or chemistry related subjects at secondary or post-secondary level
  • previous hair and scalp treatment experience in a hairdressing environment
  • previous experience in a complementary health field.

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.

WRH40209 Certificate IV in Trichology 

Qualification requirements 

Employability Skills Summary

Employability Skills Summary 

WHR40206 Certificate IV in Trichology 

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 or patient needs. Use specific medical terminology supported by plain English

in order to explain trichological assessments to clients or patients. Write patient referrals to other professionals. Read and interpret product and equipment manufacturer's instructions and other work related documents. Complete written workplace forms and share work related information with other team members.


Work collaboratively with other professionals to treat trichological problems. Share technical expertise and act as a mentor and trouble shooter for less experienced team members.

Problem solving 

Act independently to design and recommend to patients, approaches to assist in resolving trichological problems.

Initiative and enterprise 

Act independently as freelance trichologist or within the context of a salon team. Regularly suggest new treatments and services to clients.

Planning and organising 

Prepare and use a broad range of treatments that address trichological problems.


Work effectively as freelance trichologist practising inclusive behaviour when interacting with other professionals and patients, observing patient confidentiality, effectively managing personal presentation, hygiene, and time; and efficiently and independently prioritising and completing clinical tasks.


Identify personal strengths and weaknesses in the context of the job role and recognise how to further develop professional expertise as a trichologist and small business owner. Consistently seek opportunities to learn new ways of doing things and implement changes within the specific trichologist job role and available trichology equipment, product and knowledge developments.


Seek and Use and maintain a range of therapeutic and small business technology; in the context of available equipment.

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

WRH40209 Certificate IV in Trichology 

Qualification requirements 

To achieve a Certificate IV in Trichology, 18 units must be completed comprising:

  • 16 core units, plus
  • 2 elective units which may be selected from list below or another endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

Core units  - complete all 16 units of competency 


Communicate effectively with clients/patients


Administer a practice


Make referrals to other health care professionals where appropriate


Use specific health terminology to communicate effectively


Maintain tools and equipment


Maintain and organise work areas


Apply knowledge of hair and scalp problems to trichological consultations


Perform trichological assessments


Apply the principles of nutrition


Develop and apply scalp treatment therapies


Perform hair loss diagnosis


Design and provide nutritional therapies


Design and apply hair loss therapies


Communicate in the workplace


Work effectively in a retail environment


Apply safe working practices


Elective units  - complete 2 of the following units of competency 


Analyse and present research information


Investigate micro business opportunities


Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business


Plan small business finances


Market the small business


Undertake small business planning


Monitor and manage business operations


Manage small business finances


Develop professional expertise


Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills