SHA 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. The aim is for learner to achieve their industry recognized hairdressing trade test. Access to trade test via FAME Systems, a NAMB registered trade test centre.

ITEC is the premier International Awarding Organisation for qualifications in the global Hairdressing Industry and is operating in over 49 countries worldwide. ITEC registration number: 14376

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

Stellenbosch Hair Academy: Qualifications

National QualificationsInternational ITEC Qualifications
ID 102497
Occupational Certificate: Hairdresser NQF4
ITEC Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing

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

  • UHB 212 – Advise and consult with clients
  • UHB 213 – Shampoo, condition and treatment the hair and scalp
  • UHB 214 – Cut ladies hair
  • UHB 215 – Style and finish hair
  • UHB 216 – Set and dress hair
  • UHB 217 – Colour and lighten hair
  • UHB 218 – Fulfil salon reception duties
  • UHB 219 – Perm and neutralise hair
  • UHB 220 – Hair relaxing treatments and techniques
  • UHB 221 – Cut men’s hair
  • UHB 222 – Plait and twist hair
  • UHB 223 – Temporarily attach hair to enhance a style

ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing

  • iUH 309 – Provide client consultation services
  • iUH 310 – Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques
  • iUH 311 – Creatively colour and lighten hair
  • iUH 312 – Creatively style and dress hair
  • iUH 313 – Provide hair colour correction services
  • iUH 316 – Provide creative hair extension services

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
  • On set hair design (Film/Television/Pageant/Fashion/Photo)
  • An Editorial Photo shoot that will showcase the accumulation of talent, creativity and skills.


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 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 reassessment 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

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.