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Course Overview

Course Code SHB30516
Course Title Certificate III in Barbering
Location Melbourne City Campus
Intake Dates Monthly
Fee Type Government Funding, Concession, Full Fee
Duration 1 Year (Non-Traineeship)
3 Years (Traineeship)

– Become a qualified Barber.
– Melbourne CBD location.
– Traditional and new techniques.
– Work-ready training.
– Learn urban barbering skills.
– Hands-on experience.

SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering is for the individuals who wish to start a career in the Barbering / Hairdressing industry. The course has been designed for those new entrants into the Barbering / Hairdressing industry seeking a job in the industry and people with some experience in the Barbering / Hairdressing industry seeking to re-enter the industry.

This course is best suited to people that enjoy face to face interactive learning, with a high content of practical application of skills.


Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge questions
  • Simulated Hands-on Projects
  • Research and Report/Assignment writing
  • Case studies/Simulated scenarios
  • Practical Demonstration

Units of Competency

The SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering requires 26 units of competency.

Core Units

BSBSUS201- Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
SHBHBAS001 – Provide shampoo and basin services
SHBHCUT001 – Design haircut structures
SHBHCUT002 – Create one length or solid haircut structures
SHBHCUT003 – Create graduated haircut structures
SHBHCUT004 – Create layered haircut structures
SHBHCUT005 – Cut hair using over-comb techniques
SHBHCUT007 – Create combined traditional and classic men’s haircut structures
SHBHCUT009 – Cut hair using freehand clipper techniques
SHBHCUT011 – Design and maintain beards and moustaches
SHBHCUT012 – Shave heads and faces
SHBHCUT013 – Provide men’s general grooming services
SHBHDES001 – Dry hair to shape
SHBHIND001 – Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas
SHBHIND003 – Develop and expand a client base
SHBHTRI001 – Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions
SHBXCCS001 – Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBXCCS002 – Provide salon services to clients
SHBXIND001 – Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXIND002 – Communicate as part of a salon team
SHBXWHS001 – Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices

Elective Units

SHBHCLS004 – Neutralise unwanted colours and tones
SHBHCLS002 – Colour and lighten hair
SHBHBAS002 – Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation
SHBHCUT008 – Design and perform creative haircuts
SIRRINV001 – Receive and handle retail stock
Credit Transfer and RPL offered: Recognition of prior learning and skills assessment

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. Applicants will be required to a complete an ACFS language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment.

Learning (ACSF Level 2+), reading (ACSF Level 2+), writing (ACSF Level 2+), oral communication (ACSF Level 2+) and numeracy (ACSF Level 2+) are desirable to participate in the course.

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Fee Types

Government Funding Concession Full Fee
Traineeship $43.50 $8.70 $10,731.00
Non-Traineeship $43.50 $8.70 $7,311.00


Other costs required for this qualification

Material Fee – Resource Material Fee – Toolkit/Product
Traineeship $204.54 $508.00
Non-Traineeship $650.00 $300.00

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*Fees subject to change by the suppliers* Eligibility criteria applies
* Material fees may apply
* The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment


Learners who successfully complete this qualification may undertake:

  • SHB40216 Certificate IV in Hairdressing
  • SHB50216 Diploma of Salon Management
  • SHB80116 Graduate Certificate in Hairdressing Creative Leadership

Your Career

This qualification may provide possible job title

  • Barber
  • Barber Shop Owner
  • Barber Fashion / Trend designer
  • Retail Sales Personnel
  • Salon Products and Services Assistant