About the course

About the course

Our salon assistant course is designed to introduce you to the basic skills and knowledge used in hairdressing salons. You'll learn how to provide assistance with client services, and undertake routine and repetitive tasks under direct supervision and with guidance from our hairdressing teachers in our simulated hairdressing salon.

Please note: This course is intended to prepare you for further studies and training, and does not provide the skills or knowledge to become a hairdresser.

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Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February, April, July and October

Full time: 10 weeks

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of our salon assistant course you may wish to apply for employment opportunities in the hairdressing and barbering industry as a salon assistant, apprentice hairdresser or enrol in the full time Certificate III in Hairdressing course at Box Hill Institute.  

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Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for entry into this course


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


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Pathways & Accreditation

You may gain work in a salon supporting the running of the salon .

You may wish to pursue a qualification as a Hairdresser or Barber.

Hairdressing of Barbering can be completed either as a fulltime student or an Apprentice.

Employment with an employer is required for undertaking an apprenticeship.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 2

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Free TAFE^ $0.00
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $813.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $163.00
Full Tuition Fee $4,063.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$360.00
Retain Course Items***$70.00
^ This course is on the 2019 Free TAFE list - find out more.
* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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