If you have a talent for making others look more beautiful, why not make it a career?
Jobs in both hairdressing and beauty therapy are on the rise, according to the Department of Employment. In fact, there is currently a shortage of hairdressers in Australia’s metropolitan areas where 40% of job openings were left unfilled in 2014. Similarly, up to 25,000 vacancies are expected to open up for beauty therapists during the five year period until November 2018.
With the right training and experience, you can fill this demand and even advance your career further by being qualified to train others to do the same. How?
Hairdresser and Beauty Therapist or Beautician Training
Becoming qualified is an important step for any job seeker and hairdressers are no exception.
The majority of hairdressers at 74.7% hold qualifications like the Certificate III in Hairdressing. This is Australia’s standard for hairdressing jobs that covers services such as haircuts, colouring, scalp treatments and many others. You may also be required to spend time as an apprentice hairdresser depending on your state or territory.
Advanced courses like a certificate IV are available if you want to learn more specialised techniques. You can also choose to complete a Diploma of Hairdressing Salon Management to learn more in depth skills on how to open up and manage your own salon.
The road to become a beautician is a bit more varied since you can choose among many beauty related courses. This includes the Certificate III in Beauty Services which teaches you practical skills related to nail technology, make up, cosmetic products and other beauty treatments.
The Diploma of Beauty Therapy teaches you a wider range of beauty treatments, how to work effectively in retail and coordinate work teams. Entering a diploma level course allows you to specialise in areas like Relaxation Massage and Spa Therapy as well.
These qualifications are important when applying for job vacancies and to move to higher positions as a qualified trainer. Having a variety of qualifications means having more options since you can only train and assess in your field of expertise.
What happens after you earn your qualification and gain industry experience?
It’s time to share your professional expertise and pass on your skills by becoming a trainer or even starting your own training business.
The national requirement for licensed trainers is the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. You become eligible to teach all the other courses you’ve completed once you hold this qualification and have recent and related work experience.
For example, if you hold the Cert IV in Salon Management and the Cert IV TAE, you can become a trainer and assessor for both the Cert IV in Salon Management and the Cert IV TAE. This means that you can now pursue new opportunities in the training sector and get into a career delivering courses in registered training organisations or TAFEs.
Important: Currency is big aspect of becoming a qualified trainer. Make sure your qualifications and industry experience are recent and your skills are up to date.
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Salary of Hairdressers, Beauty Therapists and Trainers in Australia
Holders of the Cert IV TAE can apply for training related positions like a Training Coordinator which has a median weekly salary of $1,320. This depends on your experience and on which industry you enter.
Career Guide Summary
Your first step to take advantage of the demand for hairdressers and beauticians is to get qualified. Take up formal qualifications like the Certificate III in Beauty Services and Diploma of Salon Management. Afterwards, complete the Cert IV TAE to become a licensed trainer and advance your career.
Australia doesn’t only need more hairdressers and beauty therapists, but also trainers to teach in various industries. These qualifications will enable you to do both.
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