Certificate in Advanced Hair Formulations

The Certificate in Advanced Hair Formulations teaches the essentials of advanced cosmetic science and formulation skills specific to the needs of formulating shampoo, conditioner, repair and treatment products, styling and temporary colour formulas. This Certificate program teaches you how to make salon grade products – and ensure their quality - to make hair care formulas at a Professional level without needing to undergo full Cosmetic Science training to become a Cosmetic Chemist. Learn how to make basic and advanced shampoo, conditioner, repair, spray in, leave in, wash off and treatment products as well as styling products such as gels, cremes, hair spray, mousse, waxes and pomades; and even temporary and semi-permanent hair colourant formulations.

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Start Date: Can be started at any time

Mode of delivery: On-Line/Distance - a practical kit is sent to you to complete all required practical activites

Entry Requirements: Year 10 or equivalent

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On completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • evaluate and select the right type of ingredients for a variety of hair care formulations
  • research various materials to determine suitability to various formulation developments
  • develop safe, stable and effective formulas to cover a wide range of hair care, styling and temporary
  • colour products
  • conduct microbial evaluations of raw materials, finished products, equipment and the facility and
  • implement GMP
  • prepare, implement and evaluate stability protocols to ensure suitable shelf life

This course will benefit the following careers:

  • Research and Development Scientists
  • Formulating Chemists
  • Product/Compounding Managers and assistants

This course is ideal for:

  • Research and Development Scientists
  • Compounding personnel
  • Raw material suppliers
  • Product development personnel in the practical development of products
  • Technical staff involved in practical development and/or manufacturing
  • Those wanting to formulate for their own brand specific to hair care and styling products

Required equipment:

On successful completion, leaners can continue on to study our Diploma of Personal Care Formulation with
a credit in 6 subjects. In order to study this course you will need to purchase or have access to standard
laboratory equipment; or the following equipment if studying from home:

  • scales that measure up to at least 1.2kg in 0.01g increments
  • 3 x 1.1L stainless steel mixing bowls
  • 1 x 8 wire whisk (250 – 300mm)
  • 2 hot plates (or normal stove top)


  • This course consists of 6 full units + 4 half units from the Diploma of Personal Care Formulation
  • 15 weeks part time (15-20 hours per week)
  • Flexible, extended study possible for up to 7-10 months (5-10 hours per week)
  • Study load consists of:
    • guided training and practical work = 260 hours
    • extension research and practical activities = up to 60 hours

Training and assessments:

  • On-line lectures to support learning and activities within the texts
  • Electronic text for 6 full units and 4 half units
  • Box of raw materials and packaging to work through various practical activities and prepare practical samples
  • 2 Written assessment comprising theoretical questions and workplace simulated scenarios
  • 1 Practical assessment

Course units:


Investigate and evaluate cosmetic ingredients (full unit)

 Covers the origin and functions of the common ingredients used in personal care products for an understanding of what gets used in products and why. Learn how to:
  • accurately identify what constitutes ‘organic’, ‘natural’ and ‘synthetic’ ingredients and processing
  • investigate and evaluate the origins and functions of the many and varied ingredients used in personal care products
  • apply this knowledge when promoting products in the market place.
Cosmetic ingredient compliance  Teaches how to identify compliance requirements for appropriate ingredient selection; incorporating searches involved to determine compliance requirements. Learn how to:
  • search compliance requirements of AU, EU, US and JP
  • select ingredients in accordance with compliance requirements


Plan microbiological control of cosmetic ingredients and manufacturing environment (full unit)

Covers the identification of microbiological concerns specific to personal care products; and the application of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) principles to ensure product safety. Learn how to:
  • test raw materials, products, equipment and the facility for microbial presence
  • identify methods to reduce microbiological burden with in the facility and finished products using GMP.


Select preservatives for personal care formulas (full unit)

 Covers the identification and selection of appropriate preservatives in the development of personal care formulations. It also covers aspects such as self-preserving formulas, use of antioxidants and other agents to prolong shelf life, and challenge testing. Learn how to:
  • identify and evaluate the suitability of various preservatives in their application to a personal care formulation
  • select appropriate preservatives for a variety of personal care products and applications


Select rheology modifiers for personal care formulas (full unit)

Covers the evaluation and selection of appropriate gums and thickeners for use in a variety of personal care formulations. Learn how to:

  • determine suitable aspects of flow
  • investigate, evaluate and select gums and thickeners to suit the specific needs of various product formulations.

Select lipids for hair
care formulas

Covers the evaluation and selection of appropriate lipids for use in a variety of
hair care formulations. Learn how to:
  • recognise the consistency altering, emollient and hair feel properties of various lipids
  • investigate, evaluate and select lipids to suit the specific needs of various hair care and styling product formulations.
Emulsions Covers the application of emulsion science to suit specific hair care and styling
products. Learn how to:
  • improve the stability of emulsions
  • process emulsions using suitable manufacturing (compounding) methods
  • select appropriate materials to create your emulsion system.
Aerosols Covers the chemistry of surface science and how it applies to formulating safe,
effective, stable personal care products. Learn how to:
  • formulate with surfactants to attain specific performance attributes
  • select suitable surfactants to formulate a variety of surfactant based personal care products.


Prepare hair care and
styling formulas (full unit)
Covers the application of hair care formulations to be compatible with the
hair’s physiology and brings together prior learning to enable learners to create
finished product formulations. Learn how to:
  • formulate a range of basic hair care products to care for, and style, the hair; such as shampoos and conditioners for a variety of hair types; mousses, hairspray, pomades and gels


Plan and interpret stability testing (full unit)

Covers the methods used to test the stability of products for determination of appropriate shelf life. Learn how to:
  • examine formulas to determine factors contributing to instability and methods to correct these factors
  • develop appropriate stability protocols to ensure performance characteristics of products are maintained over their shelf life
  • formulate to accommodate the stability needs of various products
  • test the stability of a variety of personal care products.