Certificate II in Salon Assistant

Course code: SHB20216

Plus Unit ‘SHBBMUP002 – Design and apply make-up’  (In Second Year) from Course Code: SHB20121

Registered Training Organisation: Federation University

RTO Code: 4909

Course Summary

Set yourself up for a career creating and styling.

Certificate II in Salon Assistant is a qualification that will provide you with the work skills and knowledge at an entry-level standard to enhance your career prospects in a number of careers, but specifically in hairdressing services. The second year of this course also includes a unit from  SHB20116, Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics, to provide students with some skills in the beauty industry.

This VET program is an applied learning program taught in an adult learning environment, within our dedicated classrooms and simulated salon; Uni Style.

After two years of study and upon successful completion, you will gain a nationally recognised qualification that also contributes to the satisfactory completion of VCE, VCE: VM or VPC.


Contribution towards VCE: VM 

It is mandated that students studying VCE: VM complete 180 hours of a VET course in a Certificate II or above.  This will contribute 2 VET credits towards a student’s program.

Contribution towards VPC

Students studying VPC may choose to include a VET program, however it is not mandated.

Contribution towards VCE

Up to four units at Units 1 and 2 level.

ATAR Contribution


Scored Assessment Available


National Accreditation

Program Delivery

Program structure

Delivered over two years


Federation University

Wimmera Campus (Horsham)

Contact Days/Hours

One day per week (Wednesdays) 9.20 am – 3.20 pm from February to October

School to Work

It is mandated that students undertake a minimum of 40 hours S2W for the duration of this program with a hairdressing or similar business to enhance their learning and job prospects.

Employment and Study Pathways

Possible study pathways

After further study:

  • Hairdressing Apprentice
  • Beauty Trainee

Potential career paths

Career opportunities include:

  • Hairdresser
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Small Business Owner

Fees and Equipment


Students must wear a black and white ‘uniform’ and closed toe shoes each week.  (runners are not accepted)

Specific dress and OHS requirements will be advised at Induction Day.

Materials Fees 

Select fees to be paid for by DE for students attending public schools.  Independent and Catholic schools will discuss fees with their families.

Additional Requirements

Students need to be at least in Year 10 at the time of enrolment.

Must complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment and Pre-Training Review prior to enrolment. A Unique Student Identifier (USI) number is required to enrol.

Study Units

Units may include:

Contribute to health and safety of self and others BSBWHS201
Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas SHBHIND001
Provide shampoo and basin services SHBHBAS001
Dry hair to shape SHBHDES001
Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation SHBHBAS002
Greet and prepare clients for salon services SHBXCCS003
Apply hair colour products SHBHCLS001
Comply with organisational requirements within a personal service environment SHBXIND001
Produce visual merchandising displays SIRRMER001
Braid hair SHBHDES002
Conduct salon financial transactions SHBXCCS001
Recommend products and services SHBXCCS004
Communicate as part of a team SHBXIND002
Design and apply make-up (from Cert II Retail Cosmetics)SHBBMUP002

Note: Program commencement subject to enrolment numbers. Units of Competency are subject to change. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals. All details are accurate at the time of publication.


RTO Contact:

Federation University

Kim Boulton

Contact the WSMVET Cluster Coordinator via the Contact Page

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