The Advanced Certificate in Hairdressing is specially designed for students who wish to pursue their career in hairdressing, have successfully completed the Certificate in Hairdressing course. This course requires college attendance and salon experience. Students will gain international recognized professional qualifications. It is a full time intensive course including practical industry experience. Students can develop their skills to an advanced level with emphasis on creativity.  The course provides a learning environment for both theory and practical skills in a modern fully equipped hairdressing salon.

Course Modules

  • Hairdressing Theory and Practice
  • Hairdressing Science
  • Work Experience
  • Barbering Techniques
  • Bridal Hair
  • Personal Health & Wellbeing
  • Human Resources

*modules are subject to change


IMG_4428Is mandatory, Students must obtain work experience in the vocational area. Garda Clearance is required for work experience.


The Advanced Certificate in Hairdressing is aimed at students who have successfully completed the Certificate in Hairdressing. Students with relevant industry experience are assessed on their merits, therefore do not require the above certifications. Entry is subject to successful completion of interview.


  • Department of Education and Skills: Senior Trade Certificate in Hairdressing
  • ITEC International Diploma in Hairdressing
  • QQI Level 5, Barbering Techniques


Having successfully completed the Advanced Certificate in Hairdressing course, Students may enter employment in the Hairdressing industry as a stylist.


Eligible students may apply for a Further Higher Education Grant or Back to Education Allowance.


Students may apply on-line from the 23rd January 2017. Facilities will be available in Portlaoise College Institute of Further Education for students to apply on-line on Thursday 9 March 2017 between 5pm and 7.00pm (Open Evening)


Please click on the following link for hair dressing fee: Hairdressing Fees Please click here for more information: Fees Info

For further details, please contact

Ms Julia Mullally
Course Co-ordinator
Portlaoise College
Mountrath Road, Portlaoise,, Co.Laois
Tel: (057) 8621480 / 8621456

Each Further Education Course is subject to availability. Laois & Offaly ETB reserve the right to cancel or discontinue courses.