Certificate IV in Hairdressing

cert IV hairdressing
Course Code
Course Type
Accredited Course
Course Level
Skills Building
Hairdressing & Beauty
Course Location
Course Duration
This course is only offered through Recognition of Prior Learning
Course Cost
For an individual quotation of fees payable, please visit your nearest campus of GippsTAFE. Click Here for further information regarding Fees and Charges.
Study Modes
Starting Date
  • February 2014

Sionainn Hayes
Phone: (03) 5120 4542
Fax: 1300 094 661
Email: sionainnh@gippstafe.edu.au
Post: PO Box 3279, GMC 3841

Alison Lawless
Phone: (03) 5120 4505
Fax: 1300 094 661
Email: alisonla@gippstafe.edu.au
Post: PO Box 3279, GMC 3841

Course Overview

This course is only delivered by Recognition of Prior learning (RPL).

The Certificate IV in Hairdressing has been designed to reflect the role development of highly skilled senior hairdressers who develop the complex technical skills and knowledge working as part of or coordinating a salon team.   It includes senior hairdressers who work as technical advisers with a hairdressing products company; or independently as a freelance session stylist.

Functions at this level include the self-directed application of a broad range of knowledge and skills and the provision of technical leadership, training and support to colleagues. A hairdresser at this level may provide specialist services, including haircutting, hair design, hair colouring, complex colour correction, hair extensions, chemical reformation, trichology and make-up application.

Qualifications And Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate IV in Hairdressing.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Many GippsTAFE courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Employment Prospects

  • Senior Hairdresser
  • Salon Team Co-ordinator
  • Freelance Stylist

Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to persons who can demonstrate competence in relevant units contained within the Certificate III in Hairdressing.

The Certificate IV in Hairdressing is designed to build on the foundation skills acquired through this pathway.

This qualification is open to those who have vocational expertise in the hairdressing industry.

Vocational expertise must include a minimum of 2 of the 3 points below:

  • experience as an operator in a commercially run salon
  • provision of cutting, styling and chemical services
  • establishment of a clientele base


Entry to this qualification is open to persons who can demonstrate competence in relevant units contained within the Certificate III in Hairdressing.

How To Apply

Direct to Institute


Evidence of competencies will be assessed. All the above may be used as evidence through the RPL process.

Opportunities For Further Study

Diploma of Salon Management
Graduate Certificate in Hairdressing Creative Leadership

Can prospective students enrol in individual units?


Course Times

Unit Code
Unit Name
Core Units

Provide technical leadership within the hairdressing context
Research and utilise hairdressing trends to advance creative work
Elective Units
*A selection of 9 elective units are to be undertaken.  Please contact us for further information.