• CodeFJ
  • AwardQQI Level 6 in Hairdressing
  • DurationThree years


The Hairdressing Apprenticeship is a practical route into a career in hairdressing where you will earn while you learn. Apprentices work four days a week with their employer and one day a week in college. Apprentices will be supported in the workplace by an approved mentor and in the classroom by their teacher. Apprentices will graduate after three years as a fully qualified Hairdresser with a QQI Level 6 award on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Programme of Study

Year 1

  • Induction
  • Health and Safety
  • Client Consultation
  • Shampooing, Conditioning and Treatments
  • Styling and Finishing 1
  • Salon Reception and ICT Skills
  • Colour 1
  • Cutting 1

Year 2

  • Customer Service and Retail
  • Styling and Finishing 2
  • Colour 2
  • Cutting 2
  • Team – Leadership
  • Career in Action

Year 3

  • Perming and Neutralising Hair
  • Cutting 3
  • Colour 3
  • Styling and Finishing 3
  • Capstone Module

Modules subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • QQI Level 4 Major Award
  • Two years full-time experience working within a salon

Also Applicants must be working in a hairdressing salon and have a mentor in the salon.

Applications for participation in the Apprenticeship program must be made by the salon directly to National Hairdressing Apprenticeship (NHA) at www.hairdressingapprenticeship.ie

The Apprentice cannot apply through WCFE, all applications come from salons through the NHA

Higher Education Progression*
  • Qualified Hair Stylists have diverse career opportunities available to them. Many work in a salon as a senior stylist, Senior Colour Technician, Style Director, Salon Manager or Salon Owner.
  • The Advanced Certificate in Hairdressing is also a gateway to third-level education through which candidates may wish to acquire a management or business degree, as well as other specialist areas
Course Co-ordinator

Linda Levingston

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