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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Hairdressing 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
65750  National Certificate: Hairdressing 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Hairdressing Cosmetology and Beauty 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.  SFAP - Sub-framework Assignment Pending 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 11 - Services  Personal Care 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  130  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2021-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2022-06-30   2025-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
64652  National Certificate: Hairdressing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  130  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

This qualification enables learners to develop towards becoming professional hairdressers. This is the first of three qualifications which culminate in a professional hairdressing qualification. This Qualification is designed to serve as an introduction to the hairdressing industry and provide the learner with the basics of hairdressing. In particular, the NQF Level 2 qualification should result in the learner becoming a competent Operator, capable of:
  • Operating safely within the salon environment.
  • Maintaining professional standards of hygiene and image.
  • Completing straightforward hairdressing services, such as shampooing and conditioning, unsupervised.
  • Competently assisting the professional stylist with more complex services.

    The elective unit standards provide for a wide range of possible areas of focus from providing an early opportunity to tackle units standards such as dreadlocks and braiding which are core unit standards at later levels, through some computer-oriented unit standards on email, the internet and word-processing, to more specialised salon areas such as advanced massage.

    Rationale:

    Job market entrants often have little or no exposure to generic hairdressing or self-management and therefore often fail to make a success of a career in hairdressing.

    Central to the rationale for this Qualification is the development of a culture of professionalism and service excellence in the hairdressing industry. This Qualification will provide for breadth and flexibility to match the needs of the learners, employers and industry as a whole. It will give the learners the key skills essential to be able to function effectively as flexible, adaptable and competitive hairdressers and for a lifelong career in hairdressing. These skills will make the learners employable and they will be able to make effective contributions to the hairdressing business by being able to apply the acquired knowledge and skills.

    The qualification allows a successful learner to follow a career in such occupations as:
  • Hair Salon Practitioner.
  • Hair Stylist.
  • Hairdresser Consultant.
  • Junior Hairdresser.
  • Image and Deportment Advisor.
  • Store Merchandiser.
  • Promotions.
  • Retail Trade.
  • Sales.
  • Junior Receptionist.
  • Stock Controller.
  • Cashier. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner attempting this qualification is competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 1.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This Qualification and the entire fundamental, core and elective Unit Standards associated with it can be achieved by any learner through the recognition of prior learning, which includes learning outcomes achieved through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. Learner and assessor will jointly decide on methods to determine prior learning and competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in the qualification and the associated unit standards.

    This Recognition of Prior Learning may allow for:
  • Gaining of credits for unit standards in this qualification.
  • Obtaining this qualification in whole.

    All Recognition of Prior Learning is subject to quality assurance by the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.

    Access to the Qualification:

    There is open access to this Qualification. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component.

    To be awarded the Qualification learners are required to obtain a minimum of 130 credits as detailed below.

    Fundamental Component:

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at Level 2 to the value of 16 credits.
  • Communication at Level 2 in a South African Language to the value of 20 credits.

    All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.

    Core Component:

    The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 77 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:

    The Elective Component consists of individual unit standards from which the learner must choose unit standards totalling a minimum of 17 credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    On completion of this qualification learners are able to:

    1. Perform basic reception and administrative services.

    2. Demonstrate an understanding of the services sector.

    3. Maintain a professional standard of health and cleanliness in the salon.

    4. Perform elementary hairdressing services.

    5. Promote salon products and services. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcomes 1:
  • Clients are welcomed, received and attended to in a professional manner.
  • Client appointments are made and recorded, telephonically and in person.
  • Client payments are processed in accordance with organisational procedures.
  • Stock is received and recorded in accordance with organisational procedures.

    Associated Assessment Criteria Exit for Level Outcomes 2:
  • The role of structures in education and training is explained in the context of the services sector.
  • The learning pathway to becoming a professional hairdresser is explained in accordance with organisational structures.
  • Legislative and organisational factors are explained in terms of the manner in which they affect employment in the hairdressing sector.
  • The importance of completing services within industry acceptable timeframes is explained in terms of work productivity and scheduling.

    Associated Assessment Criteria Exit for Level Outcomes 3:
  • The importance of maintaining a healthy and sanitary working environment is explained with relevance to relevant legislation and customer care.
  • Hairdressing tools and equipment are sanitised according to organisational requirements.
  • Waste is disposed of according to organisational and legislative requirements.
  • Professional deportment and healthy posture are demonstrated according to industry standards.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcomes 4:
  • A hair and scalp analysis is performed to determine appropriate products and services.
  • A shampoo service is performed according to salon requirements.
  • An elementary hair-styling service is performed according to organisational requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcomes 5:
  • Retailing in the hairdressing industry is described in terms of purpose and methods.
  • Products and services are demonstrated to clients in terms of identified sales opportunities.
  • A product display is produced according to organisational requirements.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Formative assessments conducted during the learning process will consist of written assessments, simulation in a practical environment and a number of self-assessments.

    Summative assessment consists of written assessments, assignments and simulation in a practical environment, integrating the assessment of all unit standards and embedded knowledge. Summative assessments are only conducted once the learner has demonstrated proficiency during formative assessment. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    International comparisons were chosen to span a variety of requirements:
  • Fashion: Since this is a subject area at the heart of the fashion industry, it was necessary to cover countries which could be regarded as fashion leaders.
  • Education and training: Countries with developed education and training capabilities were the subject of particular focus.
  • Africa: An attempt was made to focus on countries in the African context, despite significant difficulties encountered in sourcing suitable information.

    Benchmarking was done by comparison to Qualifications, Unit Standards and Outcomes of learning. This exercise established the following:

    New Zealand:

    Existing qualifications:
  • National Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support), Level 2.
  • National Certificate in Barbering, Level 3.
  • National Certificate in Hairdressing with strands in Hairdressing Practice, and Barbering Practice, Level 4.
  • National Certificate in Hairdressing (Management), Level 5, with strands in Assessment of Hairdressing, Tutoring in Hairdressing, and Salon Management.

    Comparative information:
  • The scope of each unit was small, leading to the development of a large number of units; for example the colouring of hair was covered in 7 units, separating temporary, semi-permanent, permanent hair colouring, bleaching and colour correction from one another.
  • Similarly, styling was divided into elementary and complex levels.
  • Performance under workplace conditions was assessed separately and at Level 5.

    England and Scotland:

    Existing qualifications:
  • NVQ Hairdressing Levels 1, 2 and 3.
  • SVQ hairdressing Levels 1, 2 and 3.

    Comparative information:
  • Level 1 is treated as training for the role of an assistant to qualified personnel, limiting its content.
  • Perming is separated into 2 parts, the first part (in Level 2) combined with relaxing.
  • Long hair styling and thermal styling are only covered in Level 3.

    Australia:

    Existing qualifications:

    Australian National Training Authority:
  • WRH20100 certificate II in hairdressing.
  • WRH30100 certificate III in hairdressing.
  • WRH40100 certificate IV IN hairdressing.
  • WRH50100 Diploma of Hairdressing Salon Management.

    Comparative information:
  • Level 4 is used entirely for specialist options (e.g. design, colour, wigs, extensions, shaving, manicure and pedicure, make-up etc), rather than incorporating options in the other levels.
  • All styling is covered in Level 3.
  • All management topics are optional in the first 3 levels.
  • A separate Diploma level is created which focuses on management and business planning.

    Botswana:

    Existing qualifications:

    Unit Standards on Levels 1, 2 and 3.

    Comparative information:
  • The Botswana Training Authority have a series of Unit Standards, allocated to levels, but no full qualifications.
  • Level 1 is restricted to a knowledge of retailing, hairdressing tools and equipment and hairdressing products; the only practical component is the practice of hygiene and safety.
  • Level 2 contains all the colour Unit Standards.
  • Cutting, relaxing and perming are all positioned at Level 3.

    Namibia:

    Existing qualifications.

    Namibia Vocational Qualification (NVQ): Hairdressing Level 1, 2, 3 and 4.

    Comparative information:
  • Level 1 focuses on client preparation and general support functions and contains little hands-on client work.
  • Level 2 includes dreadlock techniques, but omits relaxing, which is put into Level 3.
  • Level 4 mainly focuses on management functions and includes some design skills.

    Conclusion:

    The South African qualifications incorporate the best elements of the fashion leaders of western culture whilst maintaining a distinctly African focus. In this way, these qualifications are designed to recognise and accelerate the transformation in the hairdressing industry that began with a move away from a Caucasian focus and towards the first generic hairdressing qualifications. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This Qualification provides the following articulation possibilities:

    Horizontal articulation:
  • National Certificate: Beauty Therapy, NQF Level 2.

    Vertical articulation:
  • ID 65749: National Certificate: Hairdressing, NQF Level 3.
  • National Certificate: Beauty Therapy, NQF Level 3. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA in accordance with the current ETQA regulations.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Other ETQAs who have a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA would be responsible for moderation of achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • A relevant trade test.
  • A minimum of 2 (two) years practical post trade test occupational experience.
  • Competence in all the outcomes of the National Assessor Unit Standards as stipulated by South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
  • To be a registered assessor with the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body.
  • Detailed documentary proof of educational Qualification, practical training undergone, and experience gained by the applicant must be provided (Portfolio of evidence). Assessment competencies and subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    This qualification replaces the following qualifications:
  • ID 64652: "National Certificate: Hairdressing", Level 2, 130 credits. 

  • UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  262629  Perform hair styling techniques  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Core  262628  Pincurl and Fingerwave hair  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Core  262644  Shampoo, condition and treat scalp and hair  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Core  114782  Demonstrate, monitor and manage deportment and the importance of image in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  262627  Explain employment in a specific occupation  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  262565  Identify disorders of the skin and hair  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  262664  Maintain sanitation in a salon environment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  262626  Market retail products and services in the salon environment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  262563  Prepare for and finish off salon services  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  262625  Provide reception and administrative services  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Fundamental  119463  Access and use information from texts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9009  Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life related problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7480  Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9008  Identify, describe, compare, classify, explore shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional shapes in different contexts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  119454  Maintain and adapt oral/signed communication  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  119460  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7469  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9007  Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  119456  Write/present for a defined context  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  15091  Plan to manage one`s time  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  114912  Maintain a safe and secure wholesale and retail environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  262562  Neutralise perms and apply after care to hair  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  114902  Operate a computer in a Wholesale/Retail outlet  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  262560  Perform advanced massage in a hairdressing environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  262624  Perform an elementary hair cutting service  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  262561  Remove hair colouring and apply after care to hair  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  116945  Use electronic mail to send and receive messages  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  244574  Apply knowledge of HIV/AIDS to a specific business sector and a workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  262605  Perform a hair relaxing service  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  262522  Perform hair braiding and dreadlock techniques  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  114975  Use a web browser in a business environment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some (but not all) of their learning programmes are moved to the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replaced qualification.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Originator Pre-2009
    NQF Level
    NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
    Assurance
    Functionary
    NQF Sub-Framework
    64689  Certificate: Hairdressing  City Guilds International  Level 2  NQF Level 02  130     SERVICES  OQSF 
    72009  National Certificate: Hairdressing  Generic Provider - Field 11  Level 2  NQF Level 02  130     SERVICES  OQSF 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Accredited Provider
    72009  National Certificate: Hairdressing  1. ACADEMY OF SOMATOLOGY & HAIRDRESSING PTY LTD
    2. ADEOMOBA HAIR GALLERY
    3. BEAUTY IMAGE HAIR ACADEMY PTY LTD
    4. BN ACADEMY
    5. BOTLE IMAGE ACADEMY SPA AND BEAUTY SALON
    6. BRIGHT IDEA PROJECTS 447 PTY LTD T/A MIND -THE- GAP
    7. CENTRAL JOHANNESBURG COLLEGE
    8. COLLEGE OF CAPE TOWN FOR FURTHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING- PUBLIC FET COLLEGE
    9. CRL BEAUTY SCHOOL
    10. DEI GRATIA TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS
    11. DURBAN UNISEX BEAUTY PARLOUR
    12. ENZI HAIR STUDIO CC
    13. EXCELSUIS
    14. FACE TO FACE
    15. FACE TO FACE BEAUTY AND MAKE-UP DESIGN SCHOOL PTY LTD
    16. GERT SIBANDE TVET COLLEGE
    17. HYDRO INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE PTY LTD
    18. KHAMOR TRAVEL AGENCY CC
    19. LA LOUVE PRIVATE HAIR ACADEMY
    20. LINZOS HAIR ACADEMY
    21. LOREAL SOUTH AFRICA
    22. NGHEZIMANI HOLDINGS PTY LTD
    23. PARTNERS HAIR DESIGN TRAINING ACADEMY CC
    24. RED CLAVEL HAIR STUDIO
    25. SERWALO HAIR ACADEMY
    26. SOMA SENSE ACADEMY PTY LTD
    27. SOUTH CAPE TVET COLLEGE
    28. STELLENBOSCH HAIR ACADEMY
    29. STYLISH FLOW HAIR ACADEMY
    30. THE BEAUTY HUB ACADEMY
    31. THE HAIR ACADEMY OF SA ALBERTON
    32. THE SORBET EXPERIENCE PTY LTD
    33. URBAN BEAUTY ANTI-AGING ACADEMY PTY LTD  



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