Start A Career in Hairdressing

If intriguing hairdos and stylish hairstyles are your things, you can start a career in hairdressing. If you love to help people fix their hair or help them deal with bad hair days, it is a good time to start doing it as a professional career.

Australia’s hairdressing and beauty industry are booming at $5 billion revenue a year, and haircare makes up a significant chunk of this total revenue. Currently, the industry employs 84,871 in total and is expected to grow at the ratio of 1.3% per year. Almost 61,400 people in the industry are employed as hairdressers, and there is strong future growth in this sector. At the current rate, there will be a need for almost 25,000 more hairdressers and haircare experts by 2020 and employment will increase to 67, 200.

So, if you want to jump-start your career as a hairdresser in the right direction, the time is now. But, how do you do that? Like every field, you will need qualification and professional experience to make your mark as a hairdresser.

Here is a step by step guide to becoming a hairdresser in Australia.

Step 1: Research, Research, and Research

Before you take the plunge, you should have a complete understanding of your job as a hairdresser. You must seek answers to all what, when, why type questions and do your homework. You should know about the typical duties of hair dressers, hourly rates and annual pay, and career path. You must also research the soft skills of hairdressers and match them to your personality traits to ensure you are ready to take up the challenge.

Step 2: Getting Certificate III in Hairdressing

Once you are ready to start your career as a hairdresser, you need to qualify certificate III in hairdressing in Australia. Having a certificate III increases your chance of employment significantly and can directly land you in the industry.

Even though there is no previous education requirement for certificate III, but generally, a trainee with certificate II are encouraged. There are two ways in which you can complete certificate III.

  • As an Apprentice: You can choose to work with a professional and certified hairdresser as an apprentice at a Registered Training Organisation. You will be nominated for certificate III by the organization. It takes three to four years to qualify for certificate III as an apprentice.
  • As a Full-Time Trainee: Otherwise, you can take a one-year training program at Registered Training Organisation to qualify for certificate III. This is a quick and efficient way to into the industry.

Step 3: Certificate IV in Hairdressing 

After certificate III, you can work as a hairdresser in the industry. You can take up full-time or part-time employment as the hairdresser. So, what is next?

The next step in the career can be to get certificate IV and become a specialized haircare specialist. It is a specialization certificate in individual skills such as scalp treatment, haircutting or hairstyling, etc. Finding your passion in hairdressing and what you like the most, you can make it a full-time career through this certification.

Step 4: Get a Diploma in Hairdressing and Salon Management

If you have earned all previous steps along with many years of professional experience, it can be a good time for you to start your own Hairdressing salon. A diploma in salon management will help you to master skills such as communication skills, client interaction, team management, and resource management that are valuable in operating and managing your salon. You can also use this degree to apply for managing positions in salons that match your interest and career path.

Step 5: Become a Trainer Through Certificate IV TAE

Finally, if you wish to share your knowledge and hairdressing wisdom with others and inspire young hairdressers, you can choose to become a trainer. You will need to complete Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to qualify as a trainer. You can apply for trainer positions or opportunities in career delivering courses at Registered Training Organisations.

Take Home?

Hairdressing industry is rapidly growing with an increasing demand for a professional hairdresser. If you wish to take advantage of it and build a career around your passion, it is time to research the career prospects in hairdressing. Enroll yourself for certificate III and carry on your career path with further qualification and experience.

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