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Want a career that puts you in contact with people and gives you an opportunity to express your creativity? Our online hairdressing course could be ideal for you. It offers you a flexible way to advance your knowledge and skills in this rewarding and ever-growing area of the beauty industry.

Choose whether to study a Diploma or Advanced Diploma. Both options give you the chance to learn from highly successful and extensively qualified and experienced professionals.

Explore our course breakdown below or enrol now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enrol on our hairdresser training programmes, you will complete the following units of study:

    1Prepare clients for salon services
    2Coordinate salon services
    3Remove chemicals from hair
    4Appointments and client schedules
    5Selling products and services
    6Diagnoses of client’s hair and scalp conditions
    7Treating hair and scalp
    8Cutting hair
    9Dressing and styling of hair
    10Permanent wave and chemical services
    11Hair Colouring
    12Salon team coordination
    13Maintain a clean and efficient workplace
    14Communication in the workplace
    15Clients’ reception and consultation
    Hairdressing Regulations

    Becoming a hair dresser, like most other careers, involves an even balance between education and experience. The ICI hairdressing stylist program is a theoretical training program for aspiring and existing hairdressers.

    The ICI hairdressing stylist programs are designed to enhance students skills and career prospects. The course is for those who want to obtain a flair for styling and an advantage over others in salon practices and management.

    Here in Ireland, anyone is free to practise as a hairdresser without registration, without qualification, even without training. In short, hairdressing is totally unregulated. The ICI hairdressing course will contribute a great deal towards your development in becoming a talented and capable hairdresser which is essential in preparing yourself for hairdressing work (as an employee or self employed).

  • How Will You Benefit?

    There are many benefits associated with studying our hairdressing courses online. For example, you will:

    • Fast track your career as a hairdresser
    • Learn the inside secrets on how to become a hairdressing pro in months, not years
    • Study at your own pace, allowing you to fit your hairdresser training around other commitments, such as work or family
    • Save money and time by studying remotely
    • Access expert guidance and advice from your own personal tutor
    • Have the option of paying for your hairdressing course up front for a 10% reduction in fee, or opting for our interest-free weekly payment plan

    Discover the benefits of our hairdressing courses for yourself by enrolling today!

  • Career Prospects

    Training as a hairdresser gives you strong career prospects and a high level of job security. Skills in this exciting and fast-growing industry are always in demand. And this applies across the world. Being a hairdresser means you can work almost anywhere, giving the opportunity to travel if you wish.

    Your choice of roles

    There are a wide range of roles available within this industry. You can be a hairdresser in a salon or offer your services for special events such as weddings. Alternatively, you may decide to work as a stylist in creative settings such as photography shoots, TV or film sets, fashion events or stage shows. Whatever you decide, you’re sure to find a suitable creative outlet for your talents.

    There’s also the choice of being employed or working for yourself. And if you have a passion for the business side of the beauty industry, you could become a hair salon manager.

    Opportunities to learn and grow

    Whichever path you choose, you’ll benefit from a varied and rewarding career. Hairdressing gives you the chance to interact with many different people and to showcase your creative abilities. No two days are the same in this profession, and there are always opportunities to learn and grow.

  • Course Levels Explained

    Our online hairdressing courses lead to the awarding of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma, depending on which level you enrol at. The different levels are determined by the amount of course content and assessments involved within each module at the intermediate (Diploma) and advanced (Advanced Diploma) levels. Learn more about the differences between the levels below:


    Qualifications recognise graduates’ capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions. Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organizing others in the workplace.

    Advanced Diploma

    The graduate is able to apply a significant range of principles and techniques across various contexts and functions. Graduates can expect to be involved in significant judgments, planning and leadership/guidance functions related to workplace products, services, operations or procedures.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into either course level. You can enrol directly into the Diploma or Advanced Diploma levels without having previous qualifications.

    Note that you can expect higher course levels to result in higher potential salary, positions and skill capabilities.

  • Course Length

    The average time within which students complete studies is:

    Diploma Level24 weeks
    Advanced Diploma Level31 weeks

    Our online hairdressing courses allow you to study at your own pace with no assignment deadlines. This means that you are in charge of how long it takes to complete your studies.

    If you want to finish the learning programme as quickly as possible, you can fast track and graduate in a matter of months. The maximum time we allow to complete our hairdressing courses is three years.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    The course is completed entirely via distance learning. Also called correspondence learning, this way of studying puts you in control. You can fit your professional development around existing commitments, such as work and family. It means you can learn whenever you wish, and wherever you are based in the world. Another advantage of this type of course is that it saves you money by eliminating the need to travel to attend classes.

    As well as offering total convenience, our online hairdressing courses have been designed to be highly engaging and relevant.

  • Recognition & Accreditation

    Our hairdressing courses are recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC).

    These learning programmes are written and delivered by experienced industry professionals and are tailored to be highly practical. Teaching you far more than just theory, they will give you the practical abilities you need to launch or advance your career in the beauty industry.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    This course is ideal whether you wish to start a career in hairdressing or you already work in this profession and want to take your knowledge and skills to the next level. It is one of the most practical steps you can take to gain a better-paid and more senior role.

    Note that course fees can be claimed as a tax deduction as long as the learning programme is sufficiently connected to your work activities.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete our online hairdressing courses are included in the course fee. When you enrol, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all your course and career questions and provide guidance.

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    • A graduation certificate officially recognising your completion of studies and qualifications
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification (For example: John Smith, EDipFS)
    • Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Services Programme.
  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 29th September 2023 is the next enrolment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrolment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish.

    Don’t miss out. Enrol today!

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Click on one of the Enrol Now buttons above and you could be working on your first lesson – and towards a new career – in a matter of days!

How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enrol, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrolment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrolment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enrol in a program, simply complete the online enrolment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrolment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrolment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.