The most important resource we offer is our vast salon clientele. No amount of books and DVDs will give you the skills and confidence that practising with people in our salons will give you.

Salon experience is the key to your success


Academy's Popularity Makes On the Job Training Easy

The Australian Academy of Hairdressing is the largest private trainer of hairdressers in the southern hemisphere. For over 70 years, clients have come to The Academy to have their hairdressing services performed by trainees.


Because of the popularity of The Academy, you are able to learn and practice daily on clients, gaining valuable salon experience.

There are 5 salons within the Academy, where hundreds of clients provide salon experience for Academy students. There is no need to practice anywhere else. All the experience you need is here.

Academy training promotes professionalism and you leave with skills the industry requires.

You develop initiative, sound technical skills and the important ability to build a clientele and run your own salon.

Practice with clients begins immediately you start and continues throughout your training.

During your short time at the Academy you will work with more clients than you would in an average salon for 3 years.

You will be styling and cutting clients' hair within the first four months of your training.



The difference between The Academy's training and others is in the way you will experience, throughout your course, the professional running of a Beauty Salon. All your time will be spent in the salon working with clients caring for them in a professional way, just as you will when you're qualified.

This constant practice with clients is the key to a smooth transition to employment.


The training is developed so that you can work at your own pace it is nothing like school. This means, if you wish to finish your training sooner, you can.


The Academy Instructors are very experienced and will guide you through your program in both theory and practical work. You will gain the confidence needed to become a professional beautician or beauty therapist, to be employed or to conduct your own salon.


Our hours are flexible and designed to suit you. You can choose days or nights or both. Most students start at 9.30am and leave at 3.30pm but special hours can be arranged if you have a family to work around. Evenings are 5.30pm to 9.00pm.

Gaylene had been a "frustrated" hairdresser since the age of 16 when she was unable to find an apprenticeship in her birthplace, New Zealand.

A secretary for years, Gaylene married, and 5 children later decided that she'd go to Melbourne to qualify as the hairdresser she still wanted to be.

Gaylene attended Monday to Friday with Wednesdays off and qualified in 13 months.
"I didn't feel pushed, I had plenty of time to complete the training. Because I was travelling for 3 hours a day, I did most of the book work on the train, leaving lots of time at The Academy to do the practical work in the salons," said Gaylene.

"The fact that I was in my early 50's and the teachers were younger, was not a problem. We worked at our own pace and the class was a mix of young and older students and we all got along extremely well."

"I loved the independent learning, using modules and videos to learn the techniques on mannequin heads and then once the work was done well on the heads, we practised on the salon clients."

"Practising in the salon every day was exciting and the only subject that really made me stop and think was colouring. Because I hadn't studied for years, the teacher gave me a lot of help to decipher the colour module," said Gaylene."

"We had practical assessments all through the course and it was quite easy to find models from the public who came to The Academy's salons. My son was my model for the Men's Assessment at the end. It was great fun!"

Gaylene's daughter-in-law qualified as a hairdresser in Omaha USA and she and Gaylene have bought a salon in the country offering the most up to date hairdressing available.

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