Continuous Professional Learning

Full-Time: 1 year

Part-Time: 3 years
NQF level 4
Price: R 95 000 (kit: R 12 000)


Price:  R95 000 (kit R12 000) Possible employment

Duration: 12 Months at the academy and 24 months in the workplace practical experience as per legislation.

Structure: 4 Days per week at the college for 12 months. Thereafter you are required to gain employment in a SETA registered salon to gain your workplace practical experience. Carlton Hair offers our full-time students the opportunity to do their workplace practical experience in one of our prestigious salons located in major shopping centres across South Africa.

College: Monday – Thursday 09:00 – 16:00

In the workplace practical experience: Fridays 09:00 – 16:00

NQF level 4 Occupational Certificate:
Hairdressing – 5141011000

Price:  R95 000 (kit R12 000)

Structure: 1 Day per week at the college and 4 days per week workplace practical experience at a Carlton Hair salon

Kit: All brushes, combs, scissors, blades and clips, as well as a clipper, dryer, iron, mannequin head and holder, cape, apron, spray bottle, USB memory stick and a bag needed for a successful career in hairdressing.
  • A personal interview with a representative of the Carlton Academy
  • Entrance exam
  • High school Grade 10 is accepted, but Grade 12 graduates are preferred
  • International applicants with a valid student visa
  • International applicants must also provide proof of high school graduation or equivalency certificate
The academy courses are based on units accredited by City & Guilds, a leading global provider of vocational education and training solutions that enable people, organizations and economies to develop the skills they need for growth and sustainability.


Diploma 2 Course Units

  • 201 – Working in the Hair Industry
  • 202 – Follow Health and Safety in the Salon
  • 203 – Client Consultations for Hair Services
  • 204 – Shampoo and Condition the Hair and Scalp
  • 215 – Scalp Massage
  • 205 – Promote Products and Services to Clients in a Salon
  • 216 – Salon Reception Duties
  • 213 – Display Stock to Promote Sales in a Salon
  • 209 – The Art of Dressing Hair
  • 208 – Perm and Neutralise Hair
  • 104 – Styling Men’s Hair
  • 217 – Style and Finish African Type Hair
  • 206 – Cut Women’s Hair
  • 207 – Colour and Lighten Hair
  • 210 – Cut Men’s Hair
  • 218 – Relax African Hair Type

Diploma 3 Course Units

  • 302 – Monitor and Maintain Health and Safety Practice in the Salon
  • 303 – Consultation Support for Colleagues on Hair Services
  • 305 – Style and Dress Hair Using a Variety of Techniques
  • 309 – Hair Extensions Service
  • 311 – Bridal Hair
  • 304 – Cut Women’s Hair to Create a Variety of Looks
  • 306 – Colour Hair to Create a Variety of Looks
  • 410 – Hair Colour Correction
  • 308 – Perm Hair to Create a Variety of Looks
  • 316 – Creative Hairdressing Design Skills
  • 307 – Human Resources Management
  • 317 – Promote and Sell Products and Services to Clients

Students who complete this programme should be able to find employment in the following sectors 


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Kickstart your career at the largest hairdressing group in South Africa.

At the Carlton Hair Academy, we aim to equip our students with the necessary skills to become a successful hairstylist and launch your career. That’s why we offer all part-time students the opportunity to do their in-the-workplace practical experience at a Carlton Hair salon. Full-time students also get the opportunity to work a Carlton Hair salon once they’ve completed their course, but this is not guaranteed.

To apply to work at a Carlton Hair salon:


The career opportunities are vast for a qualified hairstylist. As a hairstylist, you’re often able to dictate your own income and hours. The following careers are available to you once you graduate:

  • Hairstylist in a salon
  • Salon Owner (Entrepreneur / Self Employed)
  • Salon Manager
  • Lecturer or Trainer
  • Bridal & events hair specialist
  • A career in the film and television industries
  • Working on luxury cruise liners
  • Styling for fashion magazine shoots, advertising photographic shoots and music videos
  • Styling for fashion shows like SA Fashion Week
  • Personal celebrity hairstylist
  • Sales (buying and selling of hair care and beauty products/services)