Certificate II in Salon Assistant

Course code: SHB20216

Plus Unit ‘SHBBMUP002 – Design and apply make-up’  (In Second Year) from Course Code: SHB20116

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 for Senior Secondary Students program is an applied learning program taught in an adult learning environment, within our dedicated classrooms and simulated salon.

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 or VCAL.


Contribution towards VCAL

One credit towards a VCAL learning program is awarded upon successful completion of 90 nominal hours of accredited VET curriculum.

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

Structured Workplace Learning

It is mandated that students undertake a minimum of 40 hours SWL 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 are required to wear a black and white ‘uniform’ and closed-in shoes each week.

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

Materials Fees 

To be paid for by DET 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:

Unit code

First Year


Contribute to Health and Safety of Self and Others


Maintain and Organise Tools, Equipment and Work Areas


Provide Shampoo and Basin Services


Dry Hair to Shape


Greet and Prepare Clients for Salon Services


Provide Head, Neck and Shoulder Massages for Relaxation


Communicate as Part of a Salon Team


Unit code

Second Year


Conduct Salon Financial Transactions


Comply with Organisational Requirements within a Personal Service Environment


Braid Hair


Recommend Products and Services


Apply Hair Colour Products


Produce Visual Merchandise Displays


Design and apply make-up  (from Course Code: SHB20116)


Visit: federation.edu.au

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