About The Academy

The Academy is one of Australia’s major private college trainers of hairdressers.

Established in 1932, thousands of students have qualified, finding employment in salons, and many becoming self-employed. Some colleges in Melbourne have been owned by Academy graduates.

Our Beauty courses were established 40 years ago, and are very popular.

You’ll love the training as it is very flexible, independent learning, full or part time and there is no age limit.

Courses start every week of the year.

Salon Experience

You will sometimes hear people say, if you don’t do an apprenticeship, you won’t be experienced enough to work in a salon.

Well, this is not the case for Academy’s graduates.

You will practise with clients from the beginning of your course.

You will receive so much experience in the Academy’s salon that you can even open your own salon when you graduate if that is your dream.

Your Teachers

The Academy’s teachers are qualified to help you become successful and employable. They are interested in making sure you are happy and understanding the course. All our teachers also work in a salon.

Every student is treated as an individual and your teacher will build a rapport with you, which makes your experience of learning in our salon environment a very happy time.

Training Flexibility

The Academy will offer you a personalised program to suit the hours during the day or night that you would like to study.

Nothing is impossible.

We will arrange hours for you so that you will be able to successfully graduate.

I work all day.
You can train at nights with us.

I have to pick up my children after school 
Our hours will be perfect for you.

I need to be home for school holidays
We can arrange that.

I live a long way from the Academy
You will be able to start late and finish early.

I only have mornings free
Not a problem.

You can be assured of a program to suit whatever time you have free.

Night Courses

The combination of days and nights is popular.
The Academy is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Talk to us to see what suits you best.

Need To Finish Your Apprenticeship?

Are you a partly trained hairdressing apprentice?
We can help you qualify! Ask us how.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL recognises any skills and knowledge you have gained by previous training, work or simply life experience.

You can gain credit towards your chosen course, so your course will be shorter and fees less.


Employment is available to you during and after your course. Many graduates in hair and beauty find their own jobs. The transition from The Academy to work, is made easier because of the extensive client contact you have during your training.

The Academy’s Employment service will help you with interviews when you graduate or even one to two months before graduating. Many salons ring the Academy asking for staff.

Payment Plans

The Academy will help you pay your fees by instalments. You can tell us how much is affordable for you to pay monthly and we will provide a payment plan which suits you.

You may be eligible to receive Government benefits such as;

  • Youth AllowanceUnder 25s
  • AustudyOver 25s
  • Newstart22 or over/ under pension age and unemployed.
  • AbstudyAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Pensioner supplementSole parent, Carers Pension, Disability pension.

Go to http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/themes/students-and-trainees for more information.

On The Job Training

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.