Certificate IV in Trichology

The Certificate IV in Trichology has been designed to further develop the skills and knowledge of qualified hairdressers who wish to practice in this area and also for persons who do not have a hairdressing background but wish to practice in a complementary field.

Likely functions in the hairdressing industry for those who achieve this qualification may involve employment as a trichologist within a hairdressing salon or complementary health services environment, or managing and delivering trichology services via an independent clinical practice. Functions at this level include the self-directed application of a broad range of knowledge and skills. The clinical trichologist at this level would apply the principles of hair and scalp science to trichological consultations, consult with clients/patients, develop and apply scalp treatment therapies, apply the principles of nutrition, perform trichological assessments, perform hair loss diagnosis, design and apply nutritional therapies to benefit hair growth and condition, and design and apply hair loss therapies.


WRH40209 Certificate IV in Trichology

Qualification requirements

To achieve a Certificate IV in Trichology, 18 units must be completed comprising:

16 core units, plus

2 elective units which may be selected from list below or another endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

Core units - complete all 16 units of competency

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Communicate effectively with clients/patients

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Administer a practice

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Make referrals to other health care professionals where appropriate

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Use specific health terminology to communicate effectively

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Maintain tools and equipment

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Maintain and organise work areas

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Apply knowledge of hair and scalp problems to trichological consultations

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Perform trichological assessments

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Apply the principles of nutrition

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Develop and apply scalp treatment therapies

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Perform hair loss diagnosis

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Design and provide nutritional therapies

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Design and apply hair loss therapies

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Communicate in the workplace

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Work effectively in a retail environment

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Apply safe working practices


Elective units - complete 2 of the following units of competency

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Analyse and present research information

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Investigate micro business opportunities

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Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business

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Plan small business finances

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Market the small business

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Undertake small business planning

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Monitor and manage business operations

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Manage small business finances

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Develop professional expertise

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Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills


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Entry Requirements

Entry advice

Entry to this qualification by persons without prior hairdressing industry experience or formal qualifications is permitted.

Those wishing to gain entry to the Certificate IV in Trichology qualification should have sufficient relevant skills and knowledge to indicate likely success at this level of qualification. This could be demonstrated by evidence of:

successful completion of health, human development, biology and/or chemistry related subjects at secondary or post-secondary level

previous hair and scalp treatment experience in a hairdressing environment

previous experience in a complementary health field.

Language, literacy and numeracy advice

The National Reporting System informs the identification and description of underpinning English language, literacy and numeracy features and requirements within competency standards. The learner's language, literacy and numeracy levels are expected to be equivalent to Level 3 of the National Reporting System.

Reading and writing - a learner will be able to read, interpret and write a range of texts within a variety of contexts.

Oral communication - a learner will be able to use and respond to spoken language within a variety of contexts.

Numeracy and mathematics - a learner will be able to recognise and use a variety of conventions and symbols of formal mathematics.

WRH40209 Certificate IV in Trichology

Qualification requirements

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary

WHR40206 Certificate IV in Trichology

The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills required by the Hairdressing Industry for this qualification. The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Use questioning and active listening to ascertain and respond to client or patient needs. Use specific medical terminology supported by plain English

in order to explain trichological assessments to clients or patients. Write patient referrals to other professionals. Read and interpret product and equipment manufacturer's instructions and other work related documents. Complete written workplace forms and share work related information with other team members.


Work collaboratively with other professionals to treat trichological problems. Share technical expertise and act as a mentor and trouble shooter for less experienced team members.

Problem solving

Act independently to design and recommend to patients, approaches to assist in resolving trichological problems.

Initiative and enterprise

Act independently as freelance trichologist or within the context of a salon team. Regularly suggest new treatments and services to clients.

Planning and organising

Prepare and use a broad range of treatments that address trichological problems.


Work effectively as freelance trichologist practising inclusive behaviour when interacting with other professionals and patients, observing patient confidentiality, effectively managing personal presentation, hygiene, and time; and efficiently and independently prioritising and completing clinical tasks.


Identify personal strengths and weaknesses in the context of the job role and recognise how to further develop professional expertise as a trichologist and small business owner. Consistently seek opportunities to learn new ways of doing things and implement changes within the specific trichologist job role and available trichology equipment, product and knowledge developments.


Seek and Use and maintain a range of therapeutic and small business technology; in the context of available equipment.

Due to the high proportion of electives required by this qualification, the industry/enterprise requirements described above for each Employability Skill are representative of the hairdressing industry in general and may not reflect specific job roles. Learning and assessment strategies for this qualification should be based on the requirements of the units of competency for this qualification.