Gaylene had been a "frustrated" hairdresser since the age of 16 when she was unable to find an apprenticeship in her birthplace, New Zealand.
Through The Academy you can study many levels of hairdressing but the most popular
course is at Certificate III level.
This certificate is the qualification held by all hairdressers in Australia and is the
most important trade qualification of all.
Certificate III in Hairdressing SIH 30111
This qualification is the most widely held Hairdressing Certificate by hairdressers in
Australia. You will learn to cut the latest men’s and ladies’ styles to which you will
be able to add colour shading and lightening techniques, plus perming and
You will be able to be self employed and own your own salon and travel and work
internationally because this Certificate recognises you as a fully qualified hairdresser.
This Australian Government, Nationally Recognised Certificate issued under the authority
of the Victorian Authority -VRQA - offers you many career opportunities
- Working in a salon at the adult wage
- Managing a salon
- Owning your own salon
Many of the Academy’s graduates prefer to own their own salons and, as they have
gained great salon experience and confidence throughout their training, purchase
or open their own salons immediately upon graduating.
It is the desire of most of our graduates to eventually be self employed. The
Academy’s training, which promotes independence very early in the course,
provides the best possible foundation to achieve their career goal.
- Training your own staff
- Traveling and working overseas
The Academy also offers advanced training at Certificate IV
level and short
courses at Certificate II level.
A FAMILY AFFAIR
When Mai Le trained as a hairdresser at the Academy 5 years ago, it inspired her brother Ian to follow.
Ian and his family settled in Australia 26 years ago, as refugees from Vietnam. Always hard workers, Ian's family encouraged him to change his career to hairdressing, if that's what he enjoyed most.
CHANGE IN CAREER
Having been a printer for some years, Ian, at 34, enrolled one weekday, one evening and Saturdays to become a qualified hairdresser.
OWN SALON DURING COURSE
"While I was training, Mai and I bought a salon. We worked together while I was doing the course," said Ian.
"I really enjoyed colouring hair," said Ian, "and after qualifying in 18 months, I have many clients who come in for colour. The clients are not just Vietnamese people, we have lots of westerners too," explained Ian.
KEEPING CLIENTS HAPPY
"Running the salon has confirmed many things the Academy taught me, such as how to keep my clients happy and wanting to return," said Ian. "Experience has improved my ability to develop a really great clientele," grinned Ian.
"Because we are busy during the week, we employ an extra qualified hairdresser and another three work Fridays to Sundays with us," said Ian. "I'm really proud to say we have a very popular salon."