Advanced and Creative Hair Professional (L3) Apprenticeship Standard

Advanced and Creative Hair Professional (L3) Apprenticeship Standard

Course Information

Level: 3
Start Date: Various
Typical Duration: 15 Month(s)
Attendance: 15 Month(s)
Type: Part Time, Apprenticeship
Code: CV4ASHP3

Advanced Creative Hair Professionals are highly skilled and experienced individuals who deliver hair fashion forward trends, which are innovative styles inspired by current images and their own creativity, individual flair, imagination and interpretation. They provide a quality service, whilst working to the highest standards and continuously developing their personal and professional skills.

The Knowledge Skills and behaviours covered in this Advanced Standard are:

• demonstrates professionalism and effective and safe methods of working
• researches fashion forward trends, using the results to create, plan and promote a collection of hairstyle looks that reflects their own individuality
• analyses the factors that influence the design and creation of a collection of hairstyle looks, including the target audience
• uses and adapt a range of sectioning and cutting guidelines, creative and precision techniques and technical skills to create and enhance the collection of hairstyle looks
• formulates imaginative creative advanced colour conversion services to change the depth and tone of the hair
• uses a range of creative finishing and dressing techniques, advanced creative colouring techniques to enhance the collection of hairstyle looks
• presents, showcases and promotes their skills though their collection of hairstyle looks via a variety of media types and platforms
• provides a smoothing strengthening service to clients
• evaluates the results of the service to improve further practice

About the Course

Advanced and Creative Hair Professionals are creative, passionate, and driven professionals who work without supervision, managing themselves and others when required. They provide a quality service, whilst working to the highest standards and continuously developing their personal and professional skills. They take ownership of their work and client lists, accept responsibility, are proactive, flexible and adaptable, plan their work and time, they aim for excellence by taking exceptional pride in their work and industry. They are highly skilled and experienced individual professionals who deliver hair fashion forward trends, which are innovative styles inspired by current images and their own creativity, individual flair, imagination and interpretation.

Skills and knowledge

Use fashion forward trends in hair, creative and precision techniques to create a collection of hairstyle looks
Smoothing and Strengthening services
Advanced creative colour conversion


Creative hair stylists, Advanced senior stylists, Senior hair professional or Specialist technicians. Management and Education.

Entry Requirements

This Level 3 qualification is for people who wish to further their career in Hairdressing.  

To enrol, you MUST be employed over 30 hours per week in a Hairdressers, please contact us should you need help in finding suitable employment.  

Apprentices are paid a wage by the employer.  Your employer is required to give you a contract of employment, which will include holiday entitlement and all other benefits. Your clientele should provide you with the opportunities for the Level 3 Advanced and Creative Hairdressing Knowledge Skills and Behaviours.  

Entry onto the L3 Apprenticeship Standard requires: Hair Professional Standard, Hairdressing Level 2 Framework, NVQ Diploma Level 2 Hairdressing or the equivalent, C Grades/Grade 4 or above in Maths and English. All applicants will be interviewed- this includes maths and English skills scan, a trade test and a formal interview
We currently offer pre-apprenticeship courses for applicants, in Maths and English, to support learners wishing improve their grades to the entry criteria. Learners should have secured employment.


We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learning and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.

There are three stages of assessment:

1. On-programme stage - observations and online knowledge exams
2. Gateway stage - successful completion of the skills, knowledge, values and behaviours, functional skills and training hours
3. End-point assessment. Online knowledge test. Portfolio of looks. External examiner observation of performance. Professional Discussion

This qualification is delivered at college for 1 day per month and reinforced by off job training in the workplace. This will develop the skills set, knowledge-based elements of the Apprenticeship, Values and Behaviours, Functional Skills and meet the 20% off the job training.

Functional skills are delivered and assessed in block weeks at college, with flexibility, relating to the service industry sector.

How to Apply

To study an apprenticeship, you must secure or already be in a suitable an apprenticeship job role with an employer.

Need to find an apprenticeship job?

You can do this through undertaking a job search and applying and interviewing for available roles. In order for us to help you secure your apprenticeship, let us know you are actively looking for an apprenticeship by registering your interest and signing up to our apprenticeship job alerts at

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership schools should register their interest through the CAP application system, MyChoice@16.

Securing an apprenticeship position can be challenging, therefore we advise all aspiring apprentices, who are leaving school, to apply for a full-time course in the same subject. Having a Plan B ensures you can continue with your education in September and build the practical knowledge and confidence you need to progress onto an apprenticeship when one becomes available.

To find out more about how the apprenticeship application process works, please visit

Already have a job and an employer?

Register your interest in the programme, and contact our Apprenticeship Team at and 01223 418778, and we will work with you and your employer to start the apprenticeship enrolment process.

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