About The Academy

The Academy is one of Australia’s major private college trainers of hairdressers, beauticians and beauty therapists.

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

You’ll love the training as it is very flexible and encourages you to be independent. Training can be 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.

Your Trainers

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

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

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 hairdresser or beautician, to be employed or to conduct your own salon.

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. We can help you balance your study and lifestyle commitments.

Everything is possible.

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. You can also study at nights only.
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.

If you are successful in your RPL, your course may be shorter and your course fees reduced.


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 while you are studying and when you graduate. Many salons ring the Academy asking for staff.

Help with Tuition Fees

The Academy will help you pay your fees by instalments. We can develop a payment to reflect your budget and study loans, with repayments over 4 years, are also available.

You may be eligible to receive Government benefits such as;

  • Youth Allowance Under 25s
  • Austudy Over 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.

Salon Experience – The Key to Hair & Beauty 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

The difference between The Academy’s training and others is in the way you will experience, throughout your course, the professional running of a Hair and 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.

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

The Academy Hair Salon and The Academy Beauty Salon, are attended by hundreds of clients and provide salon experience for Academy students. All the experience you need is here. There is no requirement for you to find yourself a placement in another salon during your course.

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.

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

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

Independent Learning 

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.