The Natural Loctician Certificate Course has been created by a professional teacher (and Dread Loctician with over 17 years experience), so each day is tailored to allow students to learn with ease, have fun & not get bored. You will learn a mixture of practical and theoretical skills on day 1 and 2, while on day 3 you will utilise all your previous knowledge and "live a day in the life of a Natural Dread Loctician" as you get to create your first full head of natural dreadlocks on a true client (who has agreed to model for the course).
Here is what the course will cover:
Please note that how to install dread extensions is a skill NOT included in this course.
To create and install extensions well ( so that they're seamless, so they don't fall out or get loose) you need to have some experience at dreadlocking (using the Divine Hand & Hook or crochet method) first and ideally have made at least 5 full heads of dreads. For this reason it is a Level 2 skill and is taught in the Natural Loctician Certificate Level 2, which is available to study online for $Au497. You get to keep the online course forever to enable you to revise your skills anytime and you can arrange to have your dread extension work assessed with a feedback card given and have your Level 1 Certificate upgraded to "Advanced Loctician" within 3 months of beginning your online study.
(If you would like to do the Level 2 course LIVE, a PRIVATE 1 day course can be booked throughout the year with Em teaching you 1 on 1 or in groups of 2 in the Divine Dreadlocks Studio North Byron Bay for $600. Please email email@example.com if you're interested in booking one!)
Q - I am not from Australia or don't live in Australia, can I still study this course?
A - YES! no matter where you live in the world people wanting dreadlocks will recognise your training as valuable and indicative of you being a qualified dread-loctician - you can be seen as a professional Loctician especially if you choose to operate your dread biz in a professional manner! It is a private certificate which means it can be used in any country.
Q – Is the certification nationally recognised or Government accredited?
A – Yes and No.... The course has not become a government endorsed ("accredited") course due to the Australian Government not recognising the Natural Dreadlocking Trade as an industry. It is the owner's choice not to gain recognition as a government accredited training centre within Australia as we do not wish to be classified within the hairdressing industry, nor do we wish the courses to cost 3 x the current amount or more. Also being a private Certificate means that it is open to people of all nationalities around the world. The Certificate is a private Certificate given by Divine Dreadlocks & your trainer. The certificate has helped people get jobs in salons as dread locticians as well as operate as a dread loctician within the person's own salon or at home studio. People who are searching for dreadlock services recognise Divine dreadlocks as having a very high reputation for providing excellent natural dreadlocking services & top customer service since 2006 in Australia & 2000 in parts of Europe. The skills offered by this certificate will be recognised as valuable by the people who matter most: your clients.
Q – Can I get any government assistance to pay the course fee?
A –No. Unfortunately the Natural Loctician Certificate cannot be registered as a government approved Vocational Education & Training (VET) course due to the fact that Dreadlock Services do not qualify for approval with ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority). They are not seen as “meeting an established industry, enterprise, educational, legislative or community need”. Dreadlocks are not recognised as necessary in any way by the Australian (or any) Government! How strange. But we love it this way!!
Q – I am really keen to study this course but I am on a low income or a student and I can’t afford the course fee in one hit. Do you have any payment plans??
A – Yes anyone wishing to attend a live course can pay in installments. The entire course fee must be paid in full before attending the
course. Email Ema for approval on firstname.lastname@example.org
A - Formal payment plans are not yet available for the online courses, although they can be individually created by paying installments via bank transfer and receiving a free code for the course once the full course price is paid.
Q- Can I genuinely make $Au1000/$Us700/£600 in a 2 or 3 day week?
A- Yes, but remember that your income will be based on your level of quality, speed, experience & the demand for your services. This demand is dependent on your personal motivation level and ability to market your services, including word of mouth from happy customers. If you apply all your learning correctly and are motivated you CAN make this kind of income within 3-12 months. Hourly rates of dreadlocking for an experienced or high quality natural dread Loctician range from $40-100/hour.
Q- What can I charge as a Dread Loctician?
A- You will get thorough current market rates in the course info, but you can charge from $Au25/$us20 per hour when starting, up to $100/80 per hour once your speed/quality/reputation are high. At Divine Dreadlocks, we have capped our rates at $70/hr even with 18 years experience as we feel even great dreads should be affordable, however in 2017 there are Locticians in Australia charging up to $160 per hour, up to $100 in the US and £70 in the UK. Keep your rates at a place where you and your client are happy. It must be a win win.
Q - Do I need any other formal qualifications to be a Natural Dread Loctician?
A - No, literally speaking, you only need to know how to create and maintain dreadlocks on people and provide a good customer experience; but the logistics of operating your service depends on where you are going to operate your dreadlocking service, ie: which country and literal location (eg: home or in town) and how you are going to define your dread service. Depending on your location & service definition you'll be subject to different rules.
Q - I am an afro hairstylist. I would like to learn how to make dreadlocks without using wax, oils or products. Is this possible with your method and will it work on my clientele with afro hair?
A - YES! The Divine Hand & Hook (DH&H) method works perfectly on ALL hair types to create instant low maintenance locs that don't ever need palm rolling, locking products, wax, chemicals or much maintenance. Ema spent 8 months living in Africa and has used this method on many people with Afro hair. The only variation of the method required is that you can skip back-combing or only slightly backcomb tight afro hair & you can create slightly smaller sections on afro hair than caucasian.
Q - I want to make dreads for my partner/friends/son/daughter. Is this the right course for me?
A - NO, this course is specifically aimed at teaching people how to create & maintain dreadlocks and run a dreadlocking service with their skill. It is essentially for people who desire to lock regularly and earn money from the skill.
Q - I run a hairdressing/hairstylist salon/studio and wish to learn to create and maintain dreadlocks without all the chemicals and wax. Is this the right course for
A - YES! It is perfect for you! It will teach you exactly what you need to know and we can do a bundle discount on the online courses if you'd like any staff member trained as well. It is wise to have at least 2 people trained in Natural Dreadlocking when working in a hair salon environment to reduce the time it takes to service new dread clientele. This is an artisan method, very different to the tradition hairdresser's method of dreadlocking and it takes time, therefore working in two's on big jobs is very beneficial when you want to get long dreads created in day! Email Ema for more info.
Q - What are the differences between the Natural Loctician Certificates ONLINE V's LIVE Course?
PLEASE CONTACT Em, by emailing: email@example.com if you have any more questions.