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National Certificate: Hairdressing 
64652  National Certificate: Hairdressing 
SGB Hairdressing Cosmetology and Beauty 
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 
National Certificate  Field 11 - Services  Personal Care 
Undefined  130  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
SAQA 0160/05  2007-05-15  2009-04-08 
2010-04-08   2013-04-08  

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 is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
65750  National Certificate: Hairdressing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  130  Complete 

Purpose of the Qualification

This Qualification is for any individual who is or wishes to be involved in the Hairdressing Industry. There are three Qualifications starting at level 2 and progressing to level 4. This Qualification will be registered at NQF Level 2 and is meant to serve as an introduction to the hairdressing industry and the basics of hairdressing.

Learners working towards this Qualification will find that the acquisition of competence in the unit standards, which make up the Qualification, will add value to learner's job. This Qualification is intended to enhance the provision of entry-level service within the Hairdressing Industry.

It will provide the broad knowledge, skills and values needed in the Hairdressing Industry and will facilitate access to, and mobility and progression within education and training to progress along a learning path for learners who:
  • Were previously disadvantaged or who were unable to complete their schooling and were therefore denied access to further education and training.
  • Have worked in the Personal Care Sector for many years, but have no formal Qualification.
  • Wish to extend their range of skills and knowledge of the industry so that they can become competent workers in the Personal Care Sector.

    The Qualification has building blocks that can be developed further and will lead to a more defined Hairdressing learning path at various NQF levels. It also focuses on the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes required to progress further. The intention is
  • To promote the development of knowledge, skills and values that is required in the Personal Care Sector.
  • To release the potential of people.
  • To provide opportunities for people to move up the value chain.

    The primary purpose of the Qualification is to develop the foundational, practical and reflexive competencies needed for a career in hairdressing.

    Rationale for the qualification

    Job market entrants would 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.

    As the Qualification will be linked to a learnership which in turn addresses the issue of job creation, particularly in the SMME sector, the following key labour issues were taken into consideration:
  • The unequal access to education and training as well as employment opportunities
  • The skills shortage in the labour force
  • The effects of race, gender and geographical location on advancement
  • The unequal distribution of income
  • The decline in levels of employment in South Africa

    The following broad skills categories were identified:
  • Support Services
  • Client & Marketing Services
  • Life Skills
  • Communication

    The unit standards were clustered and sequenced to ensure that learners are able to absorb tasks starting with simple activities and becoming more complex as they gain experience and confidence.

    Many different roles and careers are accessible and linked to this Qualification. They include and are not limited to:
  • Hair Stylist
  • Hairdresser Consultant
  • Marketing
  • Merchandising
  • Retail Trade
  • Sales 

    The following is the learning assumed to be in place:
  • Learners accessing this Qualification will have demonstrated competence against unit standards in mathematical/numeracy and language/communication studies at NQF Level 1

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    The structure of this Unit Standard based Qualification makes the Recognition of Prior Learning possible, if the learner is able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this Hairdressing Qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning will be done by means of an Integrated Assessment as mentioned in the previous paragraph.

    This Recognition of Prior Learning may allow:
  • For accelerated access to further learning
  • Gaining of credits towards a unit standard

    All recognition of Prior Learning is subject to quality assurance by the relevant accredited Education and Training Quality Assurance Body and is conducted by a registered workplace assessor. 


    The qualification is made up of a combination of learning outcomes from Fundamental, Core and Elective components, totaling 130 minimum credits.

    Fundamental: 48 credits - 37%
    Core: 56 credits - 43%
    Elective: Minimum 26 - 20%

    Total: 130 Minimum - 100%

    Motivation for number of credits assigned to fundamental, core and elective

    Fundamental Credits

    At level 2, SAQA stipulates the minimum number of credits allocated to Communication Studies and Languages and Physical, Computer Mathematical and Life Sciences; should total 46 credits however the SGB felt that the additional fundamental unit standards chosen will add value to the qualification as a whole.


    56 credits have been allocated to the Core Unit Standards. This is to ensure that the qualification has a strong Beauty Therapy focus.

    The Core Unit Standards offer a broad contextual understanding and will enable the learners to gain an all round picture of the Beauty Therapy Industry.


    A minimum of 26 credits must be selected by the learner from the Elective Unit Standard. There are a total of 52 credits for the Elective area. They also allow for progression to the next level of learning. 

    1. Communicate in a basic way both verbally and in writing
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of the basics of mathematics in both personal and community life
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of computer operation and self management skills
    4. Apply and carry out general salon operations and processes
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of the personal care sector and own organisational workplace requirements
    6. Conduct customer reception operations
    7. Apply and carry out hairdressing support functions and shampooing basic hairdressing services
    8. Apply and carry out specific hair services and specific hair and scalp treatments for clients
    9. Demonstrate an understanding of the basics of make-up 

  • Oral communication is maintained and adapted
  • Information is accessed and used to respond to texts in writing

  • Numbers and number systems are used in calculations
  • Financial aspects of personal and community life are investigated and used
  • Basic mathematics is used to solve work related problems

  • A personal computer system is operated according to requirements
  • Effective self management skills are implemented and applied
  • HIV/AIDS and its implications are described

  • Waste is handled and disposed of according to requirements
  • Sanitation procedures are implemented and applied to the work environment, equipment and tools
  • First aid is provided when and where required

  • The personal care sector is explained and own role within it described
  • The organisations layout, services and facilities are described
  • The importance of deportment and image in the hairdressing industry is explained
  • Retailing in the hairdressing industry is described
  • Personal values and ethics are explained and applied in the workplace

  • Clients are welcomed and the service requirements are established
  • Reception and administrative services are provided for the salon
  • Incoming and outgoing telephone calls are processed according to standard operating procedures

  • Hairdressing tools and equipment are identified and their use explained and operation maintained
  • Clients hair is shampooed, conditioned and treated according to clients established requirements
  • Hair designs are finished off according to instructions
  • The hair is molded and finger waved according to client requirements
  • Perms are neutralized and after care products are applied
  • Hair colouring is removed and after care products are applied

  • Hair dreadlock and braiding techniques are performed on clients
  • Hair extensions are applied and carried out according to client requirements
  • Treatments are applied to the hair and scalp
  • A basic head massage is performed

  • The history of make-up is explained and its affects on modern day make-up described
  • Make-up is applied according to client requirements and skin type

    Integrated Assessment

    Because assessment practices must be open, transparent, fair, valid, and reliable and ensure that no learner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever, an integrated assessment approach is applied in this Qualification.

    Learning, teaching and assessment are inextricably linked. Whenever possible, the assessment of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values shown in the unit standards should be integrated.

    Assessment of the communication, language, literacy and numeracy should be conducted in conjunction with other aspects and should use authentic Beauty Therapy contexts wherever possible.
    A variety of methods must be used in assessment and tools and activities must be appropriate to the context in which the learner is working. Where it is not possible to assess the learner in the workplace or on-the-job, simulations, case studies, role-plays and other similar techniques should be used to provide a context appropriate to the assessment.

    The term 'Integrated Assessment' implies that theoretical and practical components should be assessed together. During integrated assessments the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflexive competencies.

    Assessors and moderators should make use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods. Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.

    Assessment should ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and critical cross-field outcomes are evaluated. The assessment of the critical cross-field outcomes should be integrated with the assessment of specific outcomes and embedded knowledge. 

    Benchmarking was done by comparison to Qualifications, Unit Standards and Outcomes of learning against:

    NZQA National Qualifications from New Zealand: -The National Certificate in Barbering - Levels 2
  • Apply initial barbering techniques - Level 2
  • Describe the development of barbering - Level 2

    NZQA National Qualifications from New Zealand: - The National Certificate in Salon Support - Level 2
  • Apply basic hairdressing services
  • Customer service, product sales and reception

    Registered programs from the American Barber College
  • Basic Barbering
  • Postgraduate Barbering

    The British NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing Certificate and related units in the Mandatory and Optional groups of units

    A direct comparison of the title, specific outcomes, assessment criteria and embedded knowledge was undertaken with each and the best practice points were highlighted and incorporated into each unit standard. However the points incorporated were written in a South African context.

    Because of the difference in levels across the different countries, difficulty was found in making actual direct comparisons, level to level. 

    This Qualification lends itself to both vertical and horizontal articulation possibilities. These possibilities ensure both mobility and progression for the learner. The learning areas outlined in the Rationale for the Qualification indicates the articulation possibilities.

    Horizontal articulation possibilities lay with other NQF level 2 Qualifications such as:
  • National Certificate: Retail and Wholesale processes - NQF Level 2 -NLRD 13718

    Vertical progression can be achieved by embarking on the study of related NQF Level 3 Qualifications:
  • National Certificate: Hairdressing - NQF Level 3
  • National Certificate: Beauty Technology - NQF Level 3

    A learner could follow a career in:
  • Hair Salon Practitioner
  • Hair Stylist
  • Hairdresser Consultant
  • Junior Hairdresser
  • Image and Deportment Advisor
  • Merchandising in Stores
  • Promotions
  • Retail Trade
  • Sales
  • Junior Receptionist
  • Stock Controller
  • Cashier
    Note: The above is an indication rather than an exhaustive listing 

  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) Body.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation; in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between ETQA's (including professional bodies); and in terms of the moderation guideline detailed immediately below.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the Qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the Qualification.

    Anyone wishing to be assessed against this Qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • To be in possession of at least a relevant qualification at NQF level 3
  • A minimum of 2 (two) years' practical, relevant occupational experience
  • To be declared competent in all the outcomes of the National Assessor Unit Standards as stipulated by South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
  • Detailed documentary proof of educational Qualification, practical training undergone, and experience gained by the applicant must be provided (Portfolio of evidence) 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 65750, which is "National Certificate: Hairdressing", Level 2, 130 credits. 

    Core  8288  Applying safety, security and housekeeping  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Core  114808  Demonstrate an understanding of retailing in the hairdressing industry  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114784  Demonstrate an understanding of the personal care sector and its role  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  7793  Describe layout, services and facilities of the organisation  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  7612  Handle and dispose of waste  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114819  Identify, explain and maintain hairdressing tools and equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114783  Implement and apply sanitation to work environment, equipment and tools for public and personal protection  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  14348  Process incoming and outgoing telephone calls  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114790  Provide reception and administrative services  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Core  114780  Shampoo, condition and treat hair  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  8416  Understand and apply personal values and ethics  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114813  Welcome clients and establish service to be rendered  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114782  Demonstrate, monitor and manage deportment and the importance of image in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  7854  Provide First Aid  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8963  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  8494  Demonstrate an understanding of HIV/AIDS and its implications  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  8962  Maintain and adapt oral communication  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7547  Operate a personal computer system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8965  Respond to literary texts  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  8964  Write for a defined context  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  114779  Apply and perform hair extensions  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  114781  Apply treatment to the hair and scalp  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  114821  Finish off hair design  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  114785  Mould and finger wave the hair  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  114816  Neutralise perms and apply after care to hair  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  114827  Perform advanced head massage and hair treatments  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  114815  Perform hair braiding and dreadlock techniques to hair  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  114817  Remove hair colouring and apply after care to hair  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  115204  Demonstrate and apply the history and art of make-up  Level 3  NQF Level 03 

    When qualifications are replaced, some of their learning programmes are moved to being recorded against the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replacement.
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Originator Pre-2009
    NQF Level
    NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
    NQF Sub-Framework
    48742  National Certificate: Hairdressing  Generic Provider - Field 11  Level 2  NQF Level 02  130  2009-04-08  Was SERVICES until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF 

    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.

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