Certificate III in Barbering

No longer will barbers be required to complete a Certificate III in Hairdressing where they have to learn colouring and chemicals. With the traditional Barber Shops on the increase the industry has recognised that Barbers require specialised training. There will now be an expectation that anyone that works in a Barber salon will require this new qualification.


The SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering allows you to fast-track your barbering career and be working in the industry in just 9 months as a Fee For Service student or 3 years as an apprentice. With this course you will learn how to do head and face shaves, clipper carving and tracks, trim men’s beards and moustaches, clipper/scissor over comb techniques using tapered, graduated and layered cutting styles.


You will also undertake general salon related units like; client consultation, communication, financial transactions, safety and hygiene, product selling and stock control.

Units of Competency

CORE (21)
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
SHBHBUT011 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 organize tools, equipment and work areas
SHBHIND003 Develop and expand 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
SHBHBAS002 Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation
SHBHCUT010 Create haircuts using tracks and carving
SHBXCCS004 Recommend products and services
SIRRINV001 Receive and handle retail stock
SIRRMER001 Produce visual merchandise displays

Suited To

Persons interested in gathering the skills equivalent to a qualification in barbering. They may include high school students wanting to remain at school while undertaking a VET qualification, school leavers, unemployed, people re-entering the workforce or “out of trade” apprentices wanting to complete the qualification they started.

Entry Requirements

Minimum successful completion of QLD school year 10 or equivalent.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):  Skills gained via work or life experience are recognised and may reduce the duration and fees of the course.

Study Options

Fast track: 10-12 months full-time. Part-time 2-3 days a week.

Apprenticeship or study a partial amount of this qualification whilst at a School in a school based Apprenticeship.

Duration based on your study mode selected.

Rolling intake: Don’t be made to wait to begin your course, commence study on a date that suits you!