Certificate II in Salon Assistant


This is a preparatory qualification which provides a defined and limited range of basic skills and knowledge used in hairdressing salons by individuals who provide assistance with client services. These routine and repetitive tasks are completed under direct supervision and with guidance from hairdressers who manage the client service.

The combined skills and knowledge do not provide for a job outcome as a hairdresser and this qualification is intended to prepare individuals for further training.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Possible job titles include:

  • Hair and beauty salon assistants.
  • Hair and beauty retail store assistant

Pathways from the qualification
On completion of this course, you can continue your journey in hairdressing or barbering by progressing through higher qualifications. Some of the qualifications available include:

Certificate III Certificate IV Diplomas
Certificate III in Barbering

Certificate III in Hairdressing

Certificate IV in Hairdressing Diploma in Salon Management

Course structure

Packaging rules:
12 units must be completed:

  • 8 core units
  • 4 elective units from the listed electives.

Sample Training Plan:
Below is a sample unit list.

Core Units

  • BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services
  • SHBHDES001 Dry hair to shape
  • SHBHIND001 Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas
  • SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
  • SHBXCCS003 Greet and prepare clients for salon services
  • SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
  • SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team


  • SHBHBAS002 Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation
  • SHBHDES002 Braid hair
  • SHBHIND002 Research and use hairdressing industry information
  • SHBXCCS004 Recommend products and services

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Course Code:

Certificate II

Delivery mode:
New Entrant Traineeship

Course Fees:
New traineeships commencing from 1 January 2020 are fully subsidised by the NSW Government under Smart and Skilled.

For traineeships commenced prior to 1 January 2020, student fees are capped at $1,000 with the remaining qualification price subsidised under NSW Smart and Skilled.

Classroom based courses may be subsidised under NSW Smart and Skilled, contact us for a quote.