Certification Course Outline

The written material has been divided into thirteen main sections (modules), the first of which is an introduction to trichology and the trichology course. The other sections are as follows:



The first instructional building block is in Body Systems. The emphasis is on parts, location, functions and relationships to hair and scalp for each of the major systems. Those which have a particularly close relationship are the circulatory, nervous, endocrine and immune systems.


The chemistry module begins with the basics of matter and energy, and builds through atoms, ions bonds and molecules. The principles of both organic and inorganic chemistry are explored. 

The primary goal of the module is to enable you to use chemistry as a tool. This use is especially relevant in other sections of the course that deal with trichological preparations, hair care  processes, treatments and nutrition. 

The module also leads to an understanding of the structure of the hair and skin with the section on the building of a protein.

Mechanical or chemical damage to the hair and scalp can be the consequence of such activities as brushing, braiding, shampooing, perming, tinting or bleaching. The latter chemical processes can be particularly hazardous, especially if administered by an inexperienced or careless person. The trichologist must recognise and deal with these problems and understand why they are caused in the first place. 

Trichologists will be asked to act as expert witnesses in cases involving hair damage, breakage and loss. Hence, it is essential that an understanding be gained of how chemical processes affect the hair. 


The chemistry and physiology of the hair and scalp are examined in great detail. This unit begins with the skin, its structures and functions, and extends outward to the hair, which is an appendage of the skin. After discussing the hair and skin, the module proceeds into the area of other vital support systems such as glands, circulation and nerves. The processes of keratinisation and pigmentation are explained.


In this module, we try to emphasise the relevance of what you have already studied to what you will be studying in the remainder of the course.

Trichological articles that have previously been published in the “Information Updates” put out to members by the International Association of Trichologists are added to this module.


A trichologist will use a variety of methods to find out more about the client’s hair or scalp. One of the most important of these is the use of the microscope. This module explains the theories of light and magnification and the benefits of using a simple or compound microscope.


Hair and scalp problems often relate to nutritional problems. It is therefore essential to have a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of nutrition and you will be asked to undertake some of your own research in answering some of the questions for this module. 

The nutritional requirements of the body are covered in detail and the consequences of nutritional imbalances on our health are discussed.


This module introduces you to the basic concepts underlying identification of disorders of the hair or scalp.

It discusses the identification and classsification of physical signs, and the collection of pertinent details on family background and personal history. This information is then organised into the individual profile.

The latter part of the module deals with hair shaft problems; genetic and acquired. 


Loss of hair is the main problem that trichologists see. Many of these problems can be helped, some correct themselves, and other have no known solution. 

The various types of alopecia (hair loss) are dealt with in this module; their causes and treatment and how you recognise them. Disorders are classified according to their distribution on the scalp and the extent of the hair loss.


The conditions specifically affecting the scalp are discussed in this module. Major categories include those problems characterised primarily by itching or scaling, excessive oiliness, and glandular disorders. 

Eruptions and inflammatory conditions of the scalp are covered as well as bacterial and fungal infections. For reference, this module also includes a section on scalp involvement with neoplasms (warts, nevi, cysts and tumours).


Some of the preparations used to treat scalp problems can be made up by the trichologist. In order to do this, it is necessary to acquire some pharmaceutical skills as well as a knowledge of ingredients and the proportions used of various compounds and solutions.

This module also has sections on shampoos, amino acids, steroids and oral contraceptives and their effects on the hair and hair loss.


A trichologist will sometimes use such electrical devices as ultra-violet or laser.This module deals with an understanding of how these machines function and how they are used correctly and safely.

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Requirements for the Successful Completion of the Course

Students enrolling in the course must be at least 18 years of age.

Two months are allowed for the completion of each section of the course. Hence, the student is expected to complete the entire written part of the course within two years. However, you go at your own speed and some students complete the course in under a year.  At the end of most modules, competency is tested with a written test which is sent to the course administrator for assessment. 

Eight hundred and fifty hours of study will enable most students to complete the written part of the course. On top of this, five days of clinical training must be undertaken, either during or after the theoretical part of the course, under the supervision of a certified trichologist with at least one year of full-time clinical experience and authorised by IAT to supervise such training. The cost of this training is not included in the cost of the course. The present cost is US$2000.00 for the five days.

At the completion of all practical and theoretical work, a written examination will be administered under supervision. Certification will be awarded to those students reaching the required level of competency. Certified Trichologists can then join the International Association of Trichologists as members (cost is US$250 per year) and may use the letters “IAT” after their name and may use the “Certified Trichologist” logo.

The student’s ability to exit and re-enter the course is not restricted by the structure of the course. Those students who complete units of competency can obtain a statement of academic record if requested.

Employment openings for certified trichologists will be advertised in the IAT newsletter. Most trichologists work for themselves and it must be realised that it takes time to build up a successful practice.


Why Study Our Course?

The course is the only university-developed trichology course. It was developed at the University of Southern California in 1974-75 under a grant from the Redken Foundation.

The International Association of Trichologists is a non-profit corporation. Our principal objective is to educate students.We have been training students for 40 years and have never had a complaint.

The course was specifically designed as a home-study course.

  • You go at your own speed.

  • You can pay by 4 installments.

  • You can communicate with your tutor, David Salinger, at any time via email.

  • You can undertake your clinical training in Australia, USA, Brazil, Kenya, Argentina, India or the U.K.

Our Board of Directors comprises our members from several countries. We are a truly international organization and hold conferences in many countries, which allows for great networking. Conferences have been held in Australia, USA, India, Kenya, Singapore, Brazil and Argentina. 


You receive frequent newsletters.

You receive Technical Updates.

You pay less at our conferences.

You have a choice where you undertake your clinical training.

You have access to our webinars.


Recognition of Prior Learning

Assessment of prior learning is available to all participants. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) acknowledges the skills and knowledge obtained through formal training (conducted by industry or recognised educational institutions), work experience, and life experience. The main focus is on the learning outcomes of these experiences, not the how, when or where the learning occurred. Only those participants who feel their knowledge will enable them to pass the final exam without undertaking the written course may request such an opportunity. In order to gain RPL, participants must submit a formal request in writing along with evidence of your qualifications, which may include certification, references from employers, references from clients and examples of your work. A fee of US$300.00 will be charged for this assessment.

If the request is approved, you will be allowed to take the final exam without enrolling in the written program. In such a case, an additional fee of US$300.00 will be charged. Prior to awarding certification, five days of clinical training must be completed under the supervision of a certified trichologist with at least one year of full-time clinical experience and authorised by IAT to supervise such training. The present cost is US$2000.00 for the five days. Certification will be awarded to those participants that demonstrated the required level of competency. Certified Trichologists can then join the International Association of Trichologists as members (cost is US$250 per year) and may use the letters “IAT” after their name and may use the “Certified Trichologist” logo.



Applications for credit or status for entry into the course will be determined on the basis of consideration of official transcripts of academic record from the appropriate college or institute.

Status granted through credit transfer is recorded on your Student Academic Record.





IAT is required to collect and store personal information in order to administer applications, enrolment and monitor academic progress. We will ensure that information collected is only used for the purpose for which it was collected. 




Students will be in constant contact with the course administrator, David Salinger, who will supervise training. 

Any questions, problems with the course or complaints should be addressed to Mr. Salinger at the International Association of Trichologists. Any complaint, appeal and its outcome will be recorded by IAT in writing. Each appeal will be heard by an independent person or panel, and each appellant will be given the opportunity to formally present his or her case. The appellant will be given a written statement of the appeal outcome, including reasons for the decision.




IAT is committed to equitable access to vocational education for everybody. We will attempt to achieve equal educational and vocational outcomes for all of our students.




  1. Any student may terminate their enrolment in the trichology course by returning all course material to the IAT in good and usable condition within a week of having received them. In such a case a refund of all but US$150.00 will be made.

  2. If course materials are returned to the IAT in good and usable condition after a week, but within 90 days of having received them, a refund of all but US$300.00 will be made.

  3. If course materials are returned to the IAT in good and usable condition after 90 days, but within 180 days of having received them, a refund of all but US$500.00 will be made.


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Cost of the Course

The total cost of the course comprises the cost of the theory (US$2800.00) and the cost of the clinical training (US$2000.00). 

The clinical training fee is paid when this training is undertaken. 

The cost of the home-study course (theory) may all be paid at one time (US$2520.00) or by the following installments:

1st Installment US$700.00:
Modules 1, 2 and 3 (on USB) & Hair Loss Handbook plus 11 lectures (only in English) to help you with the course

2nd Installment US$700.00:
Modules 4 (on USB), 5 and 6

3rd Installment US$700.00:
Modules 7, 8, 9 and 10 (on USB)

4th Installment US$700.00:
Modules 11, 12 and 13 (on USB)

 The registration fee for the course is US$75.00 and is included in the cost of the course.

Students may enroll at any time of the year and entry to the course is not restricted by formal educational requirements.


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Application Details

To enroll in the trichology course, please register and either pay by credit card using the link below OR send a bank cheque or credit card details for the first installment ($700.00 USD) or the entire course ($2520.00 USD) to:

International Association of Trichologists

4 Rossall Road SOMERTON PARK
Phone (08) 8296 4098

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