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Salon Assistant

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Stage 6 Board Endorsed VET Course Description
Endorsed by BOSTES for cohort commencing 2017 (October 2016)

AQF VET qualification: SHB20216 Certificate II in Salon Assistant

Training Package: SHB Hairdressing and Beauty Services (version 2)

BOSTES course name

Pattern of study

BOSTES course number

Schools Online (Administration) entry advice

Salon Assistant (180 hours)

3 units x 1 year


Enter this course number for either Preliminary (Year 11) or HSC (Year 12)*

*For course delivery over two years, the entry on Schools Online (Administration) should be made in the second year (ie HSC).

Eligibility: Nil


  • Beauty Services (Make-Up) 360-hour course
  • Beauty Services (Nail Technology) 300-hour course
  • Beauty Services (Retail Cosmetics)
  • Hairdressing School-based Apprenticeship
  • Retail

Students undertaking both this Salon Assistant course and another course based on the SHB Hairdressing and Beauty Services Training Package should choose different units of competency to meet the requirements of each HSC course and qualification.

Students undertaking this Salon Assistant course and courses from the Retail Services Curriculum Framework are not able to undertake the following elective units of competency as part of this course: SHBXCCS004, SIRRMER001, SIRRINV001 and SIRXSLS001.

HSC course requirements

Salon Assistant (180 indicative hours)

  • the possible qualification outcome is SHB20216 Certificate II in Salon Assistant
  • accredited for a total of 3 units at the Preliminary and/or HSC level
  • attempt all core units of competency (totalling 130 HSC indicative hours) and elective units of competency to a minimum of 50 HSC indicative hours and to meet qualification packaging rules
  • complete a minimum of 35 hours of mandatory work placement.

The requirements for the completion of an HSC VET course are different to the requirements for AQF VET qualification completion. Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) need to ensure that delivery of courses meets HSC course requirements and complies with Training Package rules.
For a course to count towards the HSC program of study, students must satisfy the course completion criteria as required by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES). (Refer to the Assessment Certification Examination (ACE) website.)

There must be sufficient evidence that the student has:

  • followed the course developed or endorsed by BOSTES
  • applied themselves with diligence and sustained effort to the set tasks and experiences provided in the course
  • achieved some or all of the course outcomes
  • (where applicable) undertaken the mandatory work placement.

Unit credit for the Higher School Certificate

Salon Assistant HSC VET courses count as Board Endorsed unit credit for the HSC but do not contribute towards an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

To facilitate flexibility of VET in the HSC, courses may be delivered as Preliminary, as HSC or as a combination of Preliminary and HSC units.

The HSC credit units will be allocated to students’ Preliminary and/or HSC patterns of study as required.

The pattern of study (BOSTES course number) entered on Schools Online (Administration) should reflect the delivery of the HSC VET course over successive years. For example, delivery of a 240 HSC indicative hour course over two years should be entered as
2 units x 2 years. Students will be credentialled for the HSC credit units entered each calendar year, provided they have satisfactorily completed the course requirements for that calendar year as determined by the school, college or RTO.


Course content


Unit code and title

Status for
AQF VET qualification

HSC indicative hours of credit

Contribute to health and safety of self and others



Provide shampoo and basin services



Dry hair to shape



Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas



Conduct salon financial transactions



Greet and prepare clients for salon services



Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment



Communicate as part of a salon team



Total HSC indicative hours for core units of competency: 130


Unit code and title

Status for
AQF VET qualification

HSC indicative hours of credit

Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation

elective – listed


Apply hair colour products

elective – listed


Braid hair

elective – listed


Research and use hairdressing industry information

elective – listed


Rinse and neutralise chemically restructured hair

elective – listed


Recommend products and services

elective – listed


Receive and handle retail stock

elective – listed


Produce visual merchandise displays

elective – listed


Sell to the retail customer

elective – listed


AQF VET qualification

Qualification packaging rules are contained in the SHB Hairdressing and Beauty Services Training Package at http://training.gov.au.

In summary, to attain SHB20216 Certificate II in Salon Assistant students must achieve 12 units of competency including:

a) 8 core units of competency

b) 4 elective units of competency listed.

Other information

Criteria for the endorsement of Board Endorsed VET courses (VET BECs)

The criteria for endorsement of VET BECs are outlined in the Guidelines for Stages 5 and 6 Board Endorsed VET Courses available on the BOSTES website at www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/voc_ed/board-endorsed-courses.html.

HSC VET course delivery

HSC VET courses can only be delivered by an RTO with the relevant qualification and units of competency on their scope of registration. Scope of registration can be checked at http://training.gov.au.

RTOs offering training programs for the delivery and assessment of Salon Assistant HSC VET courses must meet the requirements of the VET Quality Framework, the SHB Hairdressing Training Package and the HSC course.

Information about the delivery of HSC VET courses by RTOs other than school system RTOs or TAFE NSW institutes is contained on the BOSTES Assessment Certification Examination (ACE) website.

Non-government schools outsourcing delivery of HSC VET courses to external providers also need to refer to the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual or Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual which are available on the BOSTES website at http://rego.bostes.nsw.edu.au.

HSC work placement requirements

Work placement is a mandatory HSC requirement for this Salon Assistant VET course. It is permissible for work placement to be undertaken in a simulated commercial work environment.

Students undertaking HSC VET courses as part of a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship will meet mandatory work placement hour requirements through the on-the-job training component of the school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.

Students’ outside employment (ie not under the auspices of the school) may be recognised towards the requirement for work placement in a VET course (ACE 8051 – Assessment Certification Examination (ACE) website).

Non-completion of work placement is grounds for withholding the HSC course. Schools and colleges are advised to follow the procedure for issuing ‘N’ determinations as outlined on the BOSTES Assessment Certification Examination (ACE) website.

Allocation of HSC indicative hours of credit

Units of competency drawn from Training Packages are not defined in terms of duration. The amount of time required by individual students to achieve competency will vary according to their aptitude and experience. Where a training program is designed for delivery by an RTO, the RTO will specify the length of the training program according to the delivery strategies and/or curriculum resources chosen.

However, for the purposes of the HSC, VET courses must be described in terms of their indicative hours. For this reason, indicative hours for unit credit towards the HSC have been assigned to each unit of competency. It is emphasised that the assignment of indicative hours does not imply that all students will fulfil all requirements of a unit of competency within these hours. RTOs may determine that additional or fewer hours are required for the achievement of particular competencies. However, this does not alter the HSC indicative hours allocated, only the delivery hours.

Students may need to spend additional time practising skills in a work environment and completing projects and assignments, in order to fulfil Training Package assessment requirements.


Where there is significant overlap between an HSC VET course and other HSC VET or general education courses, BOSTES has an exclusion between the courses. Exclusions are generally applied at a course level rather than at the unit of competency level.

Schools should check all course exclusions when determining an appropriate pattern of study for their students.

Course exclusions for Salon Assistant are detailed on the first page of this course description.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfer within VET courses

Students who have current knowledge, skills or experience relevant to a VET course may be granted credit towards the course requirements.

Arrangements for RPL and credit transfer within VET courses, including processes, application form and examples of possible scenarios, are detailed on the BOSTES website at www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/voc_ed/rpl.html.

School-based apprentices and trainees

Information regarding provision for school-based apprentices and trainees within the HSC is available on the BOSTES website at www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/voc_ed/apprenticeships-traineeships.html.

Information on requirements and arrangements for NSW school-based apprenticeships and traineeships is available at www.training.nsw.gov.au/individuals/apprenticeships_traineeships/school_based/index.html.

Students with special education needs

Students with special education needs may access a VET course in one of two ways:

  • by undertaking the course under regular course arrangements, or
  • by undertaking selected units of competency within the course that have been identified through the collaborative curriculum planning process.

For more information, see the VET Courses and Students with Special Education Needs fact sheet, as well as Collaborative Curriculum Planning advice, on the BOSTES website.

Students in Years 9 and 10 (Stage 5)

In certain circumstances students in Years 9 and 10 (Stage 5) may access Stage 6 VET courses. Further information is available on the BOSTES website at www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/voc_ed/stage-5.html.

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