Stellenbosch Hair Academy offers both National and International Hairdressing Qualifications.  National Qualifications are aligned with the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).  Service SETA Accreditation number: 10056

ITEC is the premier International Awarding Organisation for qualifications in the global Hairdressing Industry and is operating in over 40 countries worldwide. ITEC registration number: 14376

Hairdressing Qualifications offered at our school are: Full Time & Part Time

Stellenbosch Hair Academy: Qualifications

National Qualifications International ITEC Qualifications
ID 65750: National Certificate: Hairdressing NQF2 ITEC Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing and Barbering
ID 65749: National Certificate: Hairdressing NQF3
ID 65729: FET Certificate: Hairdressing NQF4

ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing

A complete list with all qualifications & unit standards will be given to the students at the beginning of their academic period.

ITEC LEVEL 2 Diploma in Hairdressing and Barbering | ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing

  • 600 – Follow Health and safety practice
  • 602 – Shampoo and condition the hair and scalp
  • 601 – Client consultation for hair services
  • 604 – Cut men’s hair
  • 610 – Cut facial hair
  • 603 – Cut women’s hair
  • 315 – The art of dressing hair
  • 312 – Styling men’s hair
  • 605 – Colour and lighten hair
  • 630 – Display stock to promote sales in a salon
  • 606 – Provide scalp massage services
  • 618 – Style and Dress Hair using a Variety of Techniques
  • 615 – Cut Women’s Hair to Create a Variety of Looks
  • 617 – Colour Hair to Create a Variety of Looks
  • 614 – Hairdressing Consultation Support for Colleagues
  • 613 – Monitor and Maintain Health and Safety Practice in the Salon
  • 928 – Human Resource Management
  • 627 – Promote Products and Services to Clients in the Salon
  • 920 – Creative Hairdressing Design Skills
  • 923 – Perm Hair to Create a Variety of Looks
  • 621 – Bridal Hairstyling
  • 625 – Relaxing Services for African Type Hair

Stellenbosch Hair Academy’s innovative curriculum also includes the following subjects:

  • Time Management skills
  • Salon Administration and Reception skills
  • Sales and Marketing techniques
  • Understanding the Hairdressing Industry
  • The art of Hair Design:
    • Foundational skills
    • Long Hair and Bridal Hairstyling
    • Braiding & Dreadlocks
  • Entrepreneurial subjects:
    • Salon Management
    • New Salon Start Up
  • Fundamental units:
    • Communication
    • Mathematical
  • An Editorial Photo shoot that will showcase the accumulation of talent, creativity and skills.


Qualification Entrance Requirements

Potential students must have a genuine interest and enthusiasm for Hairdressing. A love to work with people, communication skills and a good sense of fashion is important. Students may be requested to attend a formal interview to be selected.
This is a physically demanding industry, thus great health and soft shoes will be top priority.

Academic requirements:

  • Communication at NQF Level 1.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1.
  • 16 years & older
  • Grade 10/ Standard 8 (preference will be given to Grade 12 learners)

Exemptions may be made for adult learners with or without experience in the Hairdressing Industry.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum Requirements to successfully complete International Hairdressing programmes:

  • Successful completion of prescribed theoretical and practical work (Formative, Summative assessments & learning evidence) The student must pass all Units/ Modules/ Learning Programmes of the course to be promoted to the next Level / Learning Programme or to achieve the full Qualification. This includes both theory and practical programmes. Please refer to the re-assessment policy for information should the student not pass all Units/ Modules/ Learning Programmes
  • International Theory & Practical Pass: 60%
  • Stellenbosch Hair Academy: Theory Pass requirement: 70%;
  • Practical Pass requirement: (100% of Specific Outcomes must be achieved)
  • Completed Portfolio of Evidence (required amount of models)
  • 100% class attendance and other scheduled learning activities
  • Completion of the minimum hours in formal work experience and other scheduled learning activities set out by the Academy (salon placement programme/ Work integrated learning)
  • South African Students will also be required to pass all Fundamental Units (Mathematical Literacy & Communication) as stipulated in the Qualification requirements
  • Payment of fees in full
Very Important:

To complete the course successfully, students will be required to work on live models (clients). Students are responsible to provide their own models for all practical training and assessments; however the Academy is in close proximity of the University and other businesses, ensuring students have access to numerous models.

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