VETiS Hairdressing Competition

A hairdresser cuts and styles clients’ hair. He or she uses a range of well-developed sales, consultation and technical skills and knowledge to provide a broad range of services to clients, including wet and dry shampooing, cutting, colouring, perming, styling, and hair care advice. Hairdressers use discretion and judgement to provide client services and take responsibility for the outcomes of their work. This skill provides a pathway for individuals considering a career in hairdressing and will enable competitors to provide general assistance in a hairdressing salon environment.

The competition will include a number of hairdressing skills including customer service skills, occupational health and safety knowledge, effective hairdressing environment work practices and assistance to colleagues.


  • Enjoy working with people
  • Are a good listener
  • Have good health with no skin allergies
  • Have creative flair
  • Are patient and able to work under pressure
  • Have good manual dexterity
  • Enjoy hair and hair fashion


The WorldSkills Australia VETiS Hairdressing Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 34 Australian regions. The VETiS Hairdressing Regional Competitions test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who have the opportunity to win gold, silver and bronze medals and gain the chance to go on to compete at a national level.

WorldSkills Australia competitions operate on a two-year cycle. The next VETiS Hairdressing Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country. 2018 and 2020 are the next National Championship years.

Register your interest to compete in VETiS Hairdressing

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Training Package Requirements

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia VETiS Hairdressing competitions align to the SHB Hairdressing and Beauty Services Training Package (release 2.0).

Regional Competition

Training Package Requirement – Regional Level 

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition for VETiS Hairdressing align to the Units of Competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) in the SHB20216 Certificate II in Salon Assistant (Release I) Qualification.

  • SHBHIND001 – Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas
  • SHBHBAS001 – Provide shampoo and basin services
  • SHBHBAS002 – Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation
  • SHBHDES001 – Dry hair to shape
  • SHBHDES002 – Braid hair
  • SHBXIND002 – Communicate as part of a salon team
  • SHBXWHS002 – Provide a safe work environment
  • SHBXCCS003 – Greet and prepare clients for salon services

Regional Tasks

  • Work under supervision
  • Interact with customers
  • Follow WHS procedures
  • Provide assistance to other operators
  • Provide customer service
  • Display braiding techniques
  • Dry hair to shape
  • Display thermal equipment enhancement
  • Perform head, neck and shoulder massage

Regionals Competition Duration 

4.5 hours – 1 day

National Competition

Training Package Requirement – National Level 

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia National Competition for VETiS Hairdressing align to the Units of Competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) in the SHB20216 Certificate II in Salon Assistant (Release I) Qualification.

In addition to the Regional requirements, the National also includes:

  • SHBHCLS001 – Apply hair colour products
  • SHBHREF005 – Rinse and neutralise chemically restructured hair

National Tasks 

  • Display planning and creativity
  • Display organisation and time management
  • Analyse hair
  • Demonstrate efficient working methods
  • Demonstrate understanding of sanitation
  • Demonstrate understanding of Work Health and Safety (WHS) and sustainability
  • Apply colouring product
  • Display hair styling and basin skills

Nationals Competition Duration 

15 hours – 3 days

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