Enniscorthy Community College of Further Education is a Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board School
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National Hairdressing Apprenticeship

National Hairdressing Apprenticeship

The Hairdressing Apprenticeship is a practical route into a career in hairdressing where you will earn as you learn. Apprentices work four days a week with their employer and one day a week in college. Apprentices will be supported in the workplace by an approved mentor and in the classroom by their teacher. Apprentices will graduate after three years as a fully qualified Hairdresser with a QQI Level 6 award on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Course Content:

Stage 1


Health and Safety

Client Consultation

Shampooing, Conditioning and Treatments

Styling and Finishing 1

Salon Reception and ICT Skills

Colour 1

Cutting 1

Stage 2

Customer Service and Retail

Styling and Finishing 2

Colour 2

Cutting 2

Team- Leadership

Career in Action

Stage 3

Perming and Neutralising Hair

Cutting 3

Colour 3

Styling and Finishing 3

Capstone Module

Application Information:

Applications for participation in the Apprenticeship program must be made by the salon directly to national Hairdressing Apprenticeship (NHA) at www.hairdressingapprenticeship.ie

The Apprentice cannot apply through Enniscorthy Community College of Further Education, all applications come from salons through the NHA.

Minimum Entry Requirements:

QQI Level 4 Major Award, or recognised equivalent e.g. Leaving Certificate, or two years full-time experience working in a salon.

CEFRL B2+ level of English (where English is not the first language).

Non-Standard Entry:

In a case where an applicant does not meet the educational requirements specified above, they must satisfactorily complete an informative panel interview facilitated by the Program Manager.


There are no costs incurred by the Apprentices.

Please Note: Every effort is made to have these costs as accurate as possible, however, please be aware that some of these costings are supplied by external agencies and external exam bodies and there is potential for those to change unexpectedly. If changes occur they will be communicated to learners as soon as possible.


  • Qualified Hair Stylists have diverse career opportunities available to them. Many work in a salon as a senior stylist, Senior Colour Technician, Style Director, Salon Manager or Salon Owner.
  • The Advanced Certificate in Hairdressing is also a gateway to third level education through which candidates may wish to acquire a management or business degree, as well as other specialist areas.


Advanced Certificate in Hairdressing, QQI Level 6 Major Award on the National Framework of Qualifications. This Certificate is not only recognised nationally but also has an international currency.


Three years minimum.

Coordinator of National Hairdressing Apprenticeship in Enniscorthy Community College: Mary Ivers

N.B. Due to ongoing developments in QQI awards, names and content are subject to change.


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