Certificate in Advanced Hair Formulations - 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 within 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.