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Certificate III in Barbering

Code: SHB30516

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12 months full time / 6 months part time

Next Intake

February, July

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You can choose to study the Certificate III in Barbering SHB30516 together with the Certificate III in Hairdressing SHB30416.

If you're a qualified hairdresser, build on your current skills with our fast-track six month course.

Be a cut above the rest

Enter into exciting trade with ever-growing career opportunities with the Certificate III in Barbering SHB30516. Learn the essential industry-ready skills to help you craft a perfect head of hair. Australia’s barbershop renaissance has grown into a multi-million dollar industry, with existing hairdressing salons are looking to hire barbers to expand their market. Skilled barbers with innovative knowledge in hair and beauty techniques are sought after in the world of professional barbering.

Hone your skills to the industry standard

Our Certificate III in Barbering SHB30516 will teach you the skills you’ll need for barbershop success, including shaving techniques, hair cutting and designing and maintaining beards. Our facilities include a fully-equipped hair salon with barbering capabilities, so that students have the opportunity to practice their skills on real customers with real barbering requirements. This course will prepare you for the job market, supporting your technical and operational skills by developing your sales and consulting skills. Melbourne Polytechnic works closely with industry and students will have the opportunity to engage in high profile training workshops and enter hair show competitions for added industry credibility.

Grow your opportunities in multiple industries

Graduates of the Certificate III in Barbering SHB30516 might find work within an existing barbershop, or they might begin their own barber business. You might also find employment as a hairstylist for television, film and theatre, or work in a wider hairdressing business.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Barbering SHB30516 take me?

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

  • Hairdresser
  • Barber
  • Hairstylist
  • Performance Industry Stylist
Portrait of hairdressing student Peter Olsen
I can’t be any more over the moon with all of this. When I googled what would be the number one, [Melbourne Polytechnic] came up first.
Peter Olsen
Hairdressing and Barbering

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Simulated / Commercial salon

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Class Schedule

Full time: Three days per week for Terms 1, 3 and 4. Two days per week for Term 2.
Part time (qualified hairdressers only): One day per week. Build on your current skills with our fast-track six month Barbering course for qualified hairdressers.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is competency based. Satisfactory completion of each learning outcome is required. Competencies will be assessed via practical demonstrations, assignments or knowledge builders.

Units of Study

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

Code Subject Elective Hours
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core 20
SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services Core 40
SHBHCCS001 Plan hair services for special events Elective 20
SHBHCUT001 Design haircut structures Core 20
SHBHCUT002 Create one length or solid haircut structures Core 30
SHBHCUT003 Create graduated haircut structures Core 35
SHBHCUT004 Create layered haircut structures Core 35
SHBHCUT005 Cut hair using over-comb techniques Core 30
SHBHCUT006 Create combined haircut structures Elective 45
SHBHCUT007 Create combined traditional and classic men's haircut structures Core 45
SHBHCUT009 Cut hair using freehand clipper techniques Core 25
SHBHCUT010 Create haircuts using tracks and carving Elective 30
SHBHCUT011 Design and maintain beards and moustaches Core 20
SHBHCUT012 Shave heads and faces Core 25
SHBHCUT013 Provide men's general grooming services Core 25
SHBHDES001 Dry hair to shape Core 40
SHBHIND001 Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas Core 20
SHBHIND003 Develop and expand a client base Core 35
SHBHTRI001 Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions Core 25
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions Core 25
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients Core 40
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment Core 45
SHBXIND002 Communicate part of a salon team Core 30
SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices Core 40
SIRRINV001 Receive and handle retail stock Elective 35
SIRRMER001 Provide visual merchandise displays Elective 35

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $1040 $5200 $11150
Materials fee $340 $340 $340
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1555 $5790 $11740
Per year $0
Per semester $0

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

The materials fee covers learning resources required for the course.

You must also purchase a toolkit. Our toolkits are sourced from a supplier at a discounted rate. The approximate cost to you depends on your qualification:

  • Certificate III in Barbering SHB30516 toolkit: $850
  • Dual Qualification (Certificate III in Hairdressing SHB30416 and Certificate III in Barbering SHB30516): $1200
  • Barbering toolkit for qualified hairdressers: $250

You will be given the final cost and an order form when you enrol.


  • Applicants must be over the age of 16.
  • 6 months part time is for qualified hairdressers only.

Next Steps

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

After you complete that form we will send you an email with a link to an application form webpage. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam and junk folders.

Complete the application form on the application form webpage.

You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment over the phone or on campus.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about Tuition Payment Plans here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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