Certificate III in Barbering


Start from scratch or build on your current hairdressing skills with the Certificate III in Barbering.

Our course in barbering opens up a range of possibilities for you – from salon work, television and theatre, or even running your own business.

Industry connections and resources

Training full time, you will learn your craft under the skilled eyes of our professionally qualified staff in our operational, publicly accessible salon. You’ll learn to use a full range of well-developed sales and consultation skills as well as technical and operational skills. You will learn to provide a broad range of barbering services to clients such as cutting and colour, designing and maintaining beards, shaving, and hair show competitions and presentations. Your teachers are from industry and will encourage and support you throughout your training.

Employment outcomes

Gain confidence and skills to use to provide client service while learning to coordinate a salon team and discover sales techniques for industry related products and services.

After completion of your course, you’ll be qualified to work in the following areas:

  • Barbershop
  • Hair salon
  • Theatre and production services
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    Full-time: 12 months
    Semester 1: 3 days per week
    Semester 2: 4 days per week

    Part-time: 6 months
    For qualified hairdressers.
    2 days per week.

    Modes of Delivery

    Simulated work environment, Online, Classroom



    Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

    Find out more on fees and charges

    Assessment Methods

    Practical Demonstration, Assignments, Knowledge Builders


    Students will be required to purchase a toolkit and course learning guide.

    Entrance Requirements

    Applicants must be over the age of 16.

    Career Pathways

    On successful completion of this course, you may enter the industry as a barber

    Enrolment Intake

    • February
    • July

    Units Of Study

    The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

    Code Subjects Hours
    SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services 40
    SHBHCCS001 Plan hair services for special events 20
    SHBHCLS002 Colour and lighten hair 65
    SHBHCLS003 Provide full and partial head highlighting treatments 45
    SHBHCUT001 Design haircut structures 20
    SHBHCUT002 Create one length or solid haircut structures 30
    SHBHCUT003 Create graduated haircut structures 35
    SHBHCUT004 Create layered haircut structures 35
    SHBHCUT005 Cut hair using over-comb techniques 30
    SHBHCUT006 Create combined haircut structures 45
    SHBHCUT007 Create combined traditional and classic men's haircut structures 45
    SHBHCUT009 Cut hair using freehand clipper techniques 25
    SHBHCUT010 Create haircuts using tracks and carving 30
    SHBHCUT011 Design and maintain beards and moustaches 20
    SHBHCUT012 Shave heads and faces 25
    SHBHCUT013 Provide men's general grooming services 25
    SHBHDES001 Dry hair to shape 40
    SHBHIND001 Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas 20
    SHBHIND003 Develop and expand a client base 35
    SHBHTRI001 Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions 35
    SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions 25
    SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients 40
    SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment 45
    SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team 30
    SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices 40

    Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.